Monday, August 23, 2021



David Myles Robinson has always had a passion for writing. During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, while in college, Robinson worked as a free-lance writer for several magazines and was a staff writer for a weekly minority newspaper in Pasadena, California, called The Pasadena Eagle. However, as he himself admits, upon graduating from San Francisco State University, he decided against the ‘starving writer’ route and went to law school, at the University of San Francisco School of Law. It was there that he met his wife, Marcia Waldorf. After graduating from law school in 1975, the two moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and began practicing law. Robinson became a trial lawyer, specializing in personal injury and workers’ compensation law. Waldorf eventually became a District Court and ultimately a Circuit Court judge.

Upon retiring in 2010, Robinson completed his first novel, Unplayable Lie, which was published by BluewaterPress LLC, in 2010. He has since published five more novels, three of which are legal thrillers set in Honolulu: Tropical Lies, Tropical Judgments, Tropical Doubts, and Tropical Deception. His other three novels are The Pinochet Plot, Son of Saigon, and Words Kill. Robinson has also published a book of short travel stories, Conga Line on the Amazon.

Robinson and Waldorf divided their time between Honolulu and their second home in Taos, NM for seven years before finally deciding to see what it’s like to be full-time mainlanders again. They now live in Taos, where Robinson can pursue his non-writing passions of golf, ski, and travel.




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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I am retired after having been a trial attorney in Honolulu, HI for thirty-eight years. My wife and I now live in Taos, NM where I can indulge my passions of skiing, golfing, travel, and, of course, writing.

When did you start writing?

I wrote my first short story in seventh grade and I’ve been writing ever since. In 1969 I worked as a reporter for a minority newspaper in Pasadena, CA. During those college years I also did freelance work for several magazines. As an attorney, I had little time for creative writing (other than scathing letters to opposing counsel).

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Retirement. I wrote my first novel while I was still a practicing attorney and although the story was good (and the basis for my eventual novel, Tropical Lies), the writing was too stilted from so many years writing legal briefs and memoranda of law. So my first novel, Unplayable Lie, had nothing to do with the law (it is a golf-related suspense story). I began writing legal thrillers set in Honolulu later.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I write well here in Taos, NM. When I come to an impasse in my writing I can either stare out my office window at the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains, or get out there and be in nature.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Probably play golf.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Maybe in Africa. My wife and I have been on photo safaris to sub-Saharan Africa thirteen times. Perhaps a murder mystery at a luxury camp in the bush.

Back to your present book, Words Kill, how did you publish it?

I used the indie publisher, Terra Nova Books, I’ve been using for the last several books.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

The book takes place primarily in Los Angeles, San Francisco (Haight Ashbury), and Berkeley, all places I’ve either lived or know well.

Why was writing Words Kill so important to you?

This was a true labor of love. It was a book I’ve wanted to write for years and worked on for several years, even as I was writing and publishing other books. I wanted to capture the turmoil and sea changes of the late 60s and early 70s while creating a story that was suspenseful and compelling. The anti-racist theme of the book is an issue near and dear to me.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

My four legal thrillers set in Honolulu are all based to some degree on real events which occurred in Hawaii. My non-legal thrillers are made up out of whole cloth from a mind which works in mysterious ways.

Any final words?

Thank you so much for hosting this blog and giving your readers an opportunity to learn a little about me and my writing. I would love to hear from any of them via my website:

Famed reporter Russell Blaze is dead. It appears to be an accident, but after Russ’s funeral, his son, Cody, finds a letter in which his father explains that the death may have been murder. It directs Cody to Russ’s unfinished memoir for clues as to what may have happened. The opening words are: On the night of October 16, 1968, I uttered a sentence that would haunt me for the rest of my life. The sentence was, “Someone should kill that motherfucker.”

As Cody delves into the memoir, a window opens into a tragic past and thrusts the still-burning embers of another time’s radical violence into the political reality of the present. History that once seemed far away becomes a deeply personal immersion for Cody into the storied heyday of the Haight: drugs, sex, war protesters, right-wing militias, ground-breaking journalism—and the mysterious Gloria, who wanders into his father’s pad one day to just “crash here for a while until things calm down.”

Cody discovers aspects of his father’s life he never knew, and slowly begins to understand the significance of those words his father spoke in 1968.

Words Kill is a story of loss, violence, and racism; love, hate, and discovery. It is a story of then … and now.


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