Robert Inman was born and raised in Elba, Ala. He became interested in journalism when he started working for his hometown newspaper when he was in junior high school. Inman graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965 with a BS in radio-television journalism. After graduation, he was hired by WSFA-TV in Montgomery, Ala., to work as a reporter and later became an anchorman. From 1969 to 1970, Inman was press secretary to Gov. Albert Brewer. In 1970, he moved to Charlotte, N.C., to work for the television station WBTV. Inman returned to the University of Alabama in 1975 to work in the public relations department. At the same time, he entered the MFA program, from which he graduated in 1979. In 1979, Inman returned to Charlotte and WBTV.
Inman’s master’s thesis was a draft of a novel called The Quarterback. Although he was unable to get it published, the response encouraged him to start work on a second novel. That book, Home Fires Burning, was published in 1987. The production rights were purchased by the Hallmark Hall of Fame television production company, which hired Inman to write the screenplay. Since then, Inman has written both novels and screenplays. He retired from WBTV in 1996 to write full-time. From 1996-2000, he also wrote a column for the Charlotte Observer. Some of these columns were collected in Coming Home: Life, Love, and All Things Southern. Inman currently lives and works in Charlotte and Boone, N.C.
Robert Inman’s novels are set in the post-World War II period to present-day South. His works, many set in small towns, deal with social issues and focus on the importance of family and community.
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Last updated on May 30, 2008.