When Robin Jones Gunn was in first grade her teacher wrote on her report card, “Robin has not yet grasped her basic math skills but she does keep the entire class entertained at rug time with her stories.”
Even with such an early affirmation, Robin didn’t seriously consider becoming a writer during high school or college. She was more intrigued by the idea of traveling to foreign lands and telling people about God’s love.
But Robin’s husband noticed her gift for storytelling and early in their marriage he urged her to attend a writers’ conference. That first conference opened the door for publication of devotions, articles, interviews and eventually 15 children’s books.
While on a camping trip with their church youth group, Robin grew concerned when she saw what the girls were reading in their tent. The 13 year-old girls challenged her, saying, “If you don’t want us to read these books then you should write novels for us. We’ll even tell you what to write. How hard could that be?”
Early Mornings in Robin’s Nest
For over two years Robin carved out time to write by getting up at 3am, three days a week. Each week she would read the finished pages to the girls in the youth group and they would send her home to write and rewrite some more. After ten rejections Robin’s first novel about Christy Miller was accepted for publication. More stories followed and soon the Christy Miller series was joined by the Sierra Jensen series, the College Years, the Katie Weldon series and the Married Years. Thousands of readers have contacted Robin over the years to let her know how these stories have changed their lives.
Robin’s gentle romances in the best-selling Glenbrooke series were followed by the Christy Award winning Sisterchicks® series. She wrote four non-fiction books including “Victim of Grace”, which chronicles her journey as a writer. Her Father Christmas novellas won two Readers’ Choice awards and have become a seasonal favorite.
Stories Travel the Globe
Robin’s books have sold almost 5 million copies worldwide. To her great delight, they are doing exactly what she always hoped to do – traveling around the world and telling people about God’s love. She is doing the same and has spoken at events around the US and Canada as well as in South America, Africa and Europe.
Robin and her husband have two grown children and live in Hawai’i where she continues to write in rhythm with her life verse:
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the LORD Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24.
Praise From Fellow Writers
“Robin’s storytelling is a breath of fresh air. Her tender heart and wisdom make every one of her books poignant and unforgettable.”
–Karen Kingsbury, NY Times bestselling author
“Robin has experienced God’s relentless love and now wants to give it away. There is power in her books.”