Robert Hunton


Robert L. Hunton is the author of novels of mystery and adventure for young readers, including the Borderlands Trilogy—Gift of the Desert Dog (2011), Secrets of the Medicine Pouch: Adventure in the Borderlands (2012), and Coyote-meeter’s Abyss: Adventure in the Borderlands (2014). Hunton’s career as a middle school teacher in the Colchester, Vermont School District spanned thirty-two years, during which time he taught 7th and 8th grade language arts/social studies. He is an active member of
the League of Vermont Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Society of Southwestern Authors, currently serving as president.

Smashwords Interview

You’re a teacher, right? So, when did your writing career begin?
Oh, early on, as a boy. I have always enjoyed writing, and felt compelled to write, mostly in a small notebook or journal, since about age 10 or 11. It was never for sharing though—just personal reflection or maybe a chance to vent. It’s been a great emotional outlet. Later, when I began to take account of what my students were reading, I realized that perhaps I had the motivation and ability to write for them. But I knew it wouldn’t be an easy thing to master. That is, coming up with a story powerful enough for them to actually want to read it.
Who would you consider your writing influences?
Teachers, in the public schools—so many who held the writing process in high esteem, and were successful in passing on that passion to me. Also, my mother, who loved writing letters, always very mindful of her choice of words and perfect penmanship. I remember too, receiving letters from my father, and how special those were. It always seemed to be about the power of those words and letters to pull at my heart. Also, writers, to whom story matters(ed) more than anything. People like Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Willa Cather, Steinbeck, Melville, Cooper, and Dickens. I’ve loved the writing of Edgar Rice Burroughs since boyhood. And I’m a huge fan of Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, and Tim O’Brien. O’Brien writes with such emotion.
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Where to buy in print


Coyote-meeter's Abyss
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,280. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Strange halos of light above the sacred mountain! Eerie sounds echo through the dark canyons. Two reservation men are fiercely attacked by spirits of the dead near the Mexican border! Frightened residents confront village elders for answers to the mystery. Danny Rivas, the coyote-meeter, and his grandfather Joseph, must move quickly before utter chaos engulfs the reservation! Danger awaits...
Secrets of the Medicine Pouch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,110. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Crystals filled with mysterious powers. Hidden wisdom protected by ancient spirits. A desert people on the edge of destruction! With his final breath, Chief Gray Horse foresees catastrophe for the Tohono O’odham nation. Wise Joseph and his grandson Danny risk their lives to unravel the secrets of the Chief's medicine pouch. Will they find the ancient wisdom in time to save their people?
Gift of the Desert Dog
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,140. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2011 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A twelve year-old Tohono O'odham boy and his grandfather embark on a hazardous journey across Arizona's desert to the summit of legendary Baboquivari Peak to seek the spirits of their ancestors. Treacherous mountain passes, drug smugglers, and the mystery of ancient petroglyphs test their dedication to one another on a quest to the place where I'itoi, the first O'odham, walked Mother Earth.

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