, Newburyport, MA


April 10, 2014

Familiar territory

Rowley author's new novel is set on Plum Island


Postponing medical school to “write for a little while,” Robinson would ricochet through the years getting jobs that used her science and mathematics expertise to pay the bills while she chased her dream of becoming an author.

She paid her dues. She screened short stories for publications, taught and eventually found success as a journalist, her work published in magazines like Ladies’ Home Journal and Better Homes and Gardens. She also anonymously loans out her talents, helping others tell their tales.

“I’m a ghost writer,” Robinson said. “Two or three times a year, I work with celebrities who are writing their memoirs.”

A vociferous reader, Robinson moved to the region because it has two of her favorite bookstores, which are now carrying her books. She will celebrate the launch of “Beach Plum Island” with a reading tomorrow night at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport and is also part of this year’s Newburyport Literary Festival on April 25-26.

If you go

What: Holly Robinson reads from and discusses “Beach Plum Island”

When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

Where: Jabberwocky Bookshop, The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport

How much: Free

More information: 978-465-9359 or




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