To enjoy a successful career in one industry is commendable. To achieve two careers in a lifetime is impressive. Former WBTV news anchor and AAA Member Robert Inman did just that. He retired from a 31-year journalism career to pursue fiction writing full-time — and he hasn’t stopped since.
“I started writing novels when I was still working in television,” Inman shares. “The first was published in 1987, then another one in the early ‘90s. After I adapted my first novel for Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1996, I realized I could make a living at it. I took semi-retirement and started pounding away at the keyboard!”
His writing credits include several books, two musicals, screenplays for six television movies and stage plays. His stage play Liberty Mountain showcases the lives of the Carolina settlers and how they became involved in the Battle of Kings Mountain, the battle that “turned the tide of the American Revolution.” This summer marks the play’s seventh season.
Liberty Mountain is performed each summer at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain. The play runs for four weekends beginning Friday, June 26, 2020. (Due to Covid-19, dates may may change. Verify information at LibertyMountainDrama.com.)
“During my research, I found out that one of my ancestors, Colonel James Williams, fought in the battle,” says Inman. “He was the highest ranking officer killed in the Battle of Kings Mountain.”
Though born and raised in Elba, Alabama, Inman has been a North Carolina resident since 1970. He and his wife, Paulette, split their time between Boone and Conover.
“I love the diversity of the Carolinas,” Inman shares. “We’re close to the mountains, as well as the piedmont and then the beach. How many people get to live between the mountains and the beach?”
When the Inmans travel, their AAA Membership comes in handy.
“AAA is a great travel resource,” Inman says. “When my daughter lived in Breckenridge, Colorado, my wife and I planned our first visit. We stopped at the local AAA office and they planned a beautiful road trip for us, with interesting stops along the way.”
When asked what advice he would share with young writers, he offers this:
“To be a writer, you also have to be a reader. Read fiction, non-fiction – everything. You’re putting away a storehouse of knowledge from which to draw. Also, work constantly and persevere. It won’t be perfect the first time. Just keep at it and you get stuff done!”
(Go Magazine May/June 2020)