Robin Raven is a travel journalist and author. As a freelance writer and editor with over a decade of experience contributing to magazines, newspapers, books, and websites, she has a passion for sharing news and views. While Robin has written articles on dozens of topics, she has specific expertise in travel, dance, vegetarian living, vegan nutrition, travel, movies, theater, teen issues, scrapbooking, and charity.
Robin's debut children's book, Santa's First Vegan Christmas, was traditionally published in 2016, and it's currently available on Amazon and in bookstores everywhere. It was critically acclaimed, and celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone praised the book.
As an experienced travel journalist, Robin loves exploring , meeting new animals (human and otherwise), and trying vegan cuisine around the world. She wrote Everywhere You Look: A Full House Fan Explores San Francisco Landmarks from the Show for Paste Magazine. She contributed a variety of travel articles to USAToday.com, including China Travel for Kids, Grants for Traveling, and Magic Kingdom Tips.
Robin has also written on travel for VegNews Magazine, One Green Planet and Plant Based News. She has a regular travel column in Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine. She also regularly writes on travel for magazines Plant Based and Vegan Life. She covers family travel for magazines like Alabama Baby & Child and Parents & Kids.
As a movie buff who started working in show busines in her teens, Robin loves the cinema on multiple levels. She was a dual major in writing and film directing in college, so she has studied the history of film extensively as well as the process of filmmaking. As an actress, she has studied with her mentor, Susan Batson, as well as Greg Braun and Corey Parker. She first appeared in a feature film as Dana in The Third Nail, which stars Huntley Ritter, Charles Dutton, and Chloe Moretz. She has appeared in television shows like The Education of Max Bickford.
In addition to working in Hollywood, Robin is simply a lifelong film fan, and she has written about motion pictures for a vast array of publications, including the official websites of Melissa Gilbert and James Cameron's Avatar. The Virgin Suicides, Harold and Maude, American Beauty, Stories We Tell, Gas Food Lodging, The Brady Girls Get Married, Waitress, Dolores Claiborne, Carrie, and Girl, Interrupted are among her favorite films. The list of directors she admires includes Allison Anders, Griffin Dunne, Sarah Polley, Nancy Meyers, Adrienne Shelly, Atom Egoyan, and Sofia Coppola.
Robin became a vegetarian when she was a kid for ethical reasons; she has felt a lifelong adoration and respect for animals. She has enjoyed writing about all aspects of vegetarian living for publications like Act'ionLine for Friends of Animals, USA Today, and The Nest. Her children's book, Santa's First Vegan Christmas, celebrates being kinder to all. Robin tends to see both sides of some vegetarian issues, and she loves to explore vegan philosophy. Whenever anyone is interested in the vegan lifestyle, she is happy to give advice and answer questions about how to make this choice as easy, convenient, and fun as possible.
Since she first put on her ballet slippers at the age of three, Robin has been awed by the world of dance. From her first recital where she dressed as a bluebird to her professional performances, she aims to improve with each twist, tap, and leap. She has danced on stage and for television shows like the 1990s version of The Mickey Mouse Club. In addition to performing as a dancer, she has taught the art to others.
Robin has a deep, abiding interest in moral philosophy as well as many years of experience working and volunteering with non-profit organizations. She worked as the social media manager for The Life You Can Save. She has written extensively on many aspects of volunteering, donating, and working in the non-profit sector. She stays current in the field by continuing to research it and volunteer for multiple organizations. She believes that it's important to do little things that can make a big difference in lives, such as regularly donating blood, and she loves to talk to others about altruism.
As a former teacher, Robin worked with teenagers in addition to writing for them. Her own teenage years were challenging, and she has a lot of empathy for teens, which makes writing for them come rather naturally. From sharing practical advice for common dilemmas to covering teen entertainment for Yahoo! OMG, she always respects her teen readers. In addition to her many published articles for teenagers, her first YA novel will soon be published.
Other Interests and Hobbies
Robin is thrilled when anyone asks about the love of her life, Marta, a beloved dog she adopted in childhood. She can often be heard rocking out and singing along to her favorite songs by Leonard Cohen, Taylor Swift, Olivia Newton-John, Morrissey, and Madonna. Robin is very interested in continuing her education throughout her life; as an avid reader, she keeps an open mind and tries to learn some new things each day.