Robert Hilliard


Robert Hilliard is a professional environmental scientist who has written about sports, history, and the outdoors for nearly two decades. After earning a B.S. in Biology and working as an environmental consultant, he decided to simultaneously pursue a freelance writing career.

Rob started writing on environmental issues, sports, and local history for the "Pittsburgh Tribune-Review" newspaper. From there he became a contributing editor with "Ohio Valley Outdoors" magazine, where he created the popular column, "In the Public Domain."

Rob has written numerous feature articles for magazines such as "Upland Almanac," "Pheasants Forever Journal," "Pennsylvania Wildlife," "Pittsburgh History Magazine,", "Ohio Game and Fish," and "Pennsylvania Game and Fish." He also did on-air features as the 'Deer Expert' for WPXI-TV News in Pittsburgh.

With his strong interest in Pennsylvania history, Rob has contributed to several historical society publications. As a result, he was selected to become a contributing author for the 2000 book "Rivers of Destiny," celebrating the 200th anniversary of Beaver County, PA.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been telling and writing stories for as long as I can recall, all the way back to elementary school at least. For a time, I thought I'd become an author right out of school, but my interest in biology - not to mention my desire for a steady paycheck - eventually changed that path. But even though I pursued a career in environmental science, writing was always calling me back, like that first love you never quite get over.

In 1991, I think it was, I had my first freelance article published in "Florida Oceanographic Magazine." That's when I started to believe that this was something I could really do. It's been anything but a straight line from there, but that was the first solid step in my writing career.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in western Pennsylvania. Despite traveling quite a bit and living in several other states over the years, I haven't found any place that I'd rather live.

I think where - and how - we grow up affects many things in our lives and writing is no different. My book is about the Allegheny National Forest, a western Pennsylvania landmark, so obviously my familiarity with it was influenced by where I was raised.

Beyond that, though, western Pennsylvania is a place with deep roots and a history that goes back hundreds of years. I've learned that you can't really understand a particular subject without knowing its history. As a result, I like to give my readers the background story that provides a deeper sense of place.
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Where to find Robert Hilliard online

Twitter: RobHilliard_66
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Where to buy in print


A Season on the Allegheny
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,140. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hunting, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature
"A Season on the Allegheny" is a rollicking account of a year spent hunting on the Allegheny National Forest. Author Robert Hilliard tracks down more than deer, turkey, and grouse - he captures the history, culture, and conservation ethic that helps the Allegheny inspire passion in so many people.

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