Robert Hilliard


Robert Hilliard has written on sports, history, and the outdoors for over two decades. Rob has written feature articles for outlets such as Upland Almanac, Pennsylvania Wildlife, Pittsburgh History Magazine, and

In 2000, he was asked to contribute to his first book project, a history anthology entitled 'Rivers of Destiny.' In 2012 his first individual book, 'A Season on the Allegheny,' was published.

Rob is currently working on his next book. Based on the true story of a former slave who escapes the Confederacy during the Civil War only to return as a Union spy, the historical novel is due out in 2017.

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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This member has not published any books.