Mystery Writers Key West Fest: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise!

Author Robert Coburn

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Robert Coburn graduated from Maury High School and then spent three years in the U.S. Army.  Upon his discharge he enrolled in the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary VPI as an engineering student.  A year later he transferred to Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) in Richmond, Virginia, as an advertising major, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Advertising.

Coburn spent his advertising career at major ad agencies in New York and Los Angeles.  He worked ten years with Doyle Dane Bernbach in New York, starting as a copywriter and becoming a Vice President Copy Supervisor. 

He joined Rubin Postaer and Associates in Los Angeles where he became a Senior Vice President and Creative Director. 

His television and print ads have won major awards in advertising shows nationally and internationally.  They include first place wins in The Clios, The Andys, New York Art Directors Club, The Beldings, and Gold and Silver Lions at Cannes.

After leaving the advertising business, Coburn turned his attention to writing novels.  His first, A Loose Knot--a mystery novel set in Los Angeles and Key West--was followed by A Deadly Deception, The Pink Gun and Little Boxes. Coburn’s latest, Bad Tidings, is due out in the summer of 2015.

Outside of writing, Coburn enjoys playing the saxophone and traveling.  He is also an instrument-rated commercial pilot.  He lives with his wife in Carmel, California.

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