Robin Reardon is an inveterate observer of human nature, creating stories about all kinds of people, some of whom happen to be gay or transgender—people whose destinies are not determined solely by their sexual orientation or gender identity. She writes endings that are realistically hopeful rather than sugary and "happy ever after."
Robin was thrilled that early readers of her work were convinced she was a gay man. Her motto is this: The only thing wrong with being gay is how some people treat you when they find out. In everything she writes, she challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about what it means to be LGBTQ+.
Robin has published six novels through Kensington Publishing and has three independently published novels. A Secret Edge was a finalist in the annual Lambda Literary competition; The Evolution of Ethan Poe was on the 2012 ALA Rainbow List and won first place in several Rainbow Awards categories; and Waiting for Walker was awarded a cash prize by the North Street Book contest. Her stories feature characters who are gay, lesbian, straight, bi, gender queer, cisgender, trans, and intersex.
Robin has contributed work for LBGTQ+ charitable causes, including a novella benefitting The Trevor Project and a short story supporting author Brent Hartinger's Real Story Safe Sex Project.
Interests outside of writing include singing, nature photography, and the study of comparative religion. Robin writes in a butter yellow study with a view of the Boston, Massachusetts skyline.
Awards and Recognition
- AuthorsDB 2015 cover contest. Gold: Throwing Stones; Silver: Educating Simon; Bronze: Giuseppe and Me
- The Evolution of Ethan Poe, 2011 Rainbow Awards: Best LGBT Coming of Age / Young Adult; Best plot development; Best character development; Best writing style; Best gay novel/book
- The Evolution of Ethan Poe: 2012 ALA Rainbow List
- North Street Book Prize, 2018, honorable mention: Waiting for Walker