Robb Skidmore


My "upmarket literary" fiction takes a love of language and uses it to create original characters, then runs the characters through riveting plots. My short fiction has appeared in Gawker, io9, New Orleans Review, New Millennium Writings, South Carolina Review, Oasis, and Twelve Stories. My novella is The Surfer, and my novel, The Pursuit of Cool, is a Winner of Next Generation Indie Award and a critically acclaimed novel with strong reviews from Kirkus, Midwest Book Review, Writer's Digest, and many others.

Growing up in Charleston, S.C., I read more J.R.R. Tolkien and listened to more Van Halen than was probably healthy. But then I read Kurt Vonnegut and Joan Didion and listened to Echo & the Bunnymen and things got balanced out. Next came Tom Wolfe and Radiohead. After college at Emory, I traveled to Europe and in Scotland I stood in the rain among Bronze Age standing stones and realized I wanted to be a writer. I scribbled in lots of journals and attended many workshops. In the 90s I spent a year traveling and camping around America in a Chevy Cavalier with my wife (then girlfriend). In King's Canyon National Park a bear tried to rip a door off our car because it smelled food in the back seat. We scared it away, but not before the bear turned and stared blankly, and seemed to consider killing us.

I live in Southern California, near LA. I love travel and have been to many far flung parts of the globe. Besides writing fiction, I am a screenwriter, music lover, movie fanatic, artist, surfer and snorkel enthusiast. You might find me drinking kombucha tea or staring at the sky with wonder and appreciation.

Where to find Robb Skidmore online


The Pursuit of Cool
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 129,210. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Lance Rally is a ragingly ambitious, pop culture obsessed, tragically romantic young man who tries to find "cool" while attending college during the 80s. The story comes alive with music and movies which give Lance solace as he questions his beliefs and his heart gets crushed. He tries to capture that elusive quality, the essence that is "cool." The definitive novel about the 80s!
The Surfer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Adventure » General
Walter’s life falls apart when his family dies in a plane crash. He becomes fixated with surfing, and flies to Hawaii in a last ditch effort to overcome despair about life and death. His surfing leads to a near death experience. A vacationing couple then befriends him and takes him on an unexpected adventure. The Surfer explores the cruelty and beauty of nature, and of life itself.

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80s    80s bands    80s movies    action    coming of age    cool    duran duran    fiction    generation x    grief    inspirational    john hughes    literary    pop culture    short story    spiritual    suspense