Robert Blake Whitehill
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Early Life and Education
Whitehill grew up in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland, near the Barren Creek Mill. Whitehill comes from a Quaker family of many writers; his mother, Cecily Sharp-Whitehill wrote poetry and prose while his Father, Joseph Whitehill, focused on mystery and science fiction short stories and novels, many of which were published in the Atlantic Monthly and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. After attending Westtown School, Whitehill studied English and creative writing at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, he studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.
Rather than pursuing acting, Whitehill turned to writing, both novels and screenplays. Whitehill wrote television episodes for the Discovery Channel TRUE CRIME shows The New Detectives, Daring Capers, and The Bureau. He has also contributed various pieces to the Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Whitehill is most well known for writing the Ben Blackshaw series of thrillers centered around the eponymous former Navy Seal.
Much of the Ben Blackshaw series is influenced by Whitehill’s childhood in the Chesapeake Bay area. Whitehill credits authors Scott Smith, Lee Child, Randy Wayne White, James Lee Burke and Jules Verne as his inspirations.
Deadrise is both the title of the first Blackshaw book and a common workboat used in the Chesapeake Bay area. Blackshaw’s boat, “Miss Dotsy,” is named after the deadrise boat owned by Whitehill’s brother, Michael Conrad Whitehill.
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- "Popular author to write novel set in Bermuda". http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20151019/ISLAND04/151019684.
- Books, Tribute (2012-10-08). "Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways: Robert Blake Whitehill - Deadrise - Author Interview". http://tributebooksreviews.blogspot.com/2012/10/robert-blake-whitehill-deadrise-author.html.