My Books


Strong reviews from Kirkus, Midwest Book Review, Writer’s Digest and many others / Quarter Finalist, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award / Winner, Next Generation Indie Award /

Lance Rally is a ragingly ambitious, pop culture obsessed, tragically romantic young man who tries to find “cool” while attending college during the 1980s. He faces pressure to live up to his super-achieving family and is fueled by grandiose ambition. He wants to become a big success, but is prone to distraction. He also has a deeply romantic nature and, though inept, he is sincere and falls in love easily. He discovers emotional complexities as relationships with a beautiful psych major and a feisty goth girl change him. Friendships with a punk rock actor and a subversive scholar challenge his careerist world view. He risks disaster as the clock of academia ticks on.

The Pursuit of Cool is an intense and emotional ride through album covers, dance techniques, all-nighter revelations, and corporate internships gone bad. The story comes alive with music and movies which give Lance solace as he questions his beliefs and his heart gets crushed. He tries to capture that elusive quality, that magic of youth, the essence that is “cool.”

It appeals to fans of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, and John Hughes movies. The definitive novel about the 80s. It gets past the stereotype to the way things actually were in the 80s.

Praise for The Pursuit of Cool:

“An experience as moving and thought provoking to its reader as it is to its hero.”

       –Literary Inklings

“A skilled writer… A smart account of ’80s college kids… the novel believably summons the ’80s, complete with floppy disks, 9 1/2 Weeks on VHS and R.E.M. cassettes.”

       –Kirkus Indie Review

“A novel surrounding college student Lance Rally, as he seeks to rise to the top of the social ladder by finding what cool is, only to be swept into the whirlpool of its many definitions. With plenty of humor and a strong moral on the purpose of youth, The Pursuit of Cool is a strong pick for general fiction collections and those who want an original take on the college dynamic.”

        –Midwest Book Review

“Lance…such a lovable character! The lovable male character who is kind of goofy and different, loved easily, intelligent, but who has a depth… I loved it!”

       –Novel d’Tales

“Skidmore has skillfully crafted a sympathetic protagonist whom readers root for… and the narration has an understated lyrical quality.”

       –Watch Me Bounce

“From The Clash to Joy Division to Bauhaus… it provides the perfect setting. A great debut, and I can’t wait to read more from Robb Skidmore.”

       –The Book Fetish

“The characters are so well-developed and precise, I am already envisioning which actors would play them on the big screen.”


“An excellent job of taking a character and creating his time and place perfectly. A totally enjoyable flashback ride…”

         –Dew on the Kudzu

“A splendid job… The lively dialogue is the real music of this novel.”

        –Writer’s Digest

Join Lance on his intense and emotional ride!

Read an interview of Robb Skidmore about writing The Pursuit of Cool… Are you a fan of 80’s music? Here is the Complete Discography

The Pursuit of Cool is available at Amazon KindleAmazon Kindle UKAmazon paperbackiBooks storeBarnes & Noble Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.  Ebook for $3.99. Paperback for $14.99


The Surfer  is a short novella of psychological suspense. Walter’s life falls apart after his family perishes in a plane crash, leaving him isolated and volatile. He becomes fixated with surfing, and flies to the Big Island in a last ditch effort to overcome despair about life. His surfing leads to an unexpected result. A vacationing couple then befriends him and takes him on an unexpected adventure. The Surfer is a journey into the imperfection of one man’s soul. It explores the beauty and unpredictability of nature, and of life, and the strange lure of surf.

The Surfer is available for Amazon Kindle , Amazon Kindle UKBarnes & Noble Nook,  iBooks store,  Kobo, and  Smashwords $0.99



“Haunting. Evocative. Recommended.”


“Feels like a much larger piece of work.”

“Really wild stuff.”

“The story line moved along quickly and left me hoping for more from this up and coming writer.”

“Thought-provoking and Awesome! It balances despair with reassurance.”

“Robb Skidmore delivered such a captivating story line in this Ebook.”





10 Responses to My Books

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  2. I just finished reading The Surfer. Even though I’m not interested in surfing, I liked the prose and found the sentiments embedded within the long text quite gripping. Overall, I found the story dark and am feeling deep sorrow. Much of the emotions reflected throughout come across as true. I hope they are not.
    Zoe Ghahremani/Sky of Red Poppies

    • robbskidmore88 says:

      Thanks for the comment Zohreh. You mention an experience of darkness and deep sorrow. Interesting, the interpretations of things we all have. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so meaning is in the eye of the reader.

  3. Josie Hyde says:

    Robb, you are a wonderful writer. Your story makes me wonder if anything of this sort has happened in your life. I wish you all the very best with your writing! I really experienced the story as though it were a memory of my own.
    Cheers! Josie

    • robbskidmore88 says:

      All best to you as well, Josie. I have never experienced grief as acutely as Walter; the “my life” portion of the story is the surfing. I’m a wannabe vacation surfer, and when I can, I go out there with a rental board until a few waves beat me up. The original kernel of the story was an experience I had on the Big Island. It was a break that was far from shore and beyond my abilities. The real test was getting back to dry land.

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  6. F.J. Dagg says:

    Hi Robb,
    Just bought the epub edition of “The Surfer.” Well done! Haunting, evocative, heart-breaking. I’m a long-time surfer, and your description of Walter’s struggles were spot on–took my back to my kook days! I’ll tweet the link to your Smashwords page with a recommendation. Thanks again for “The Surfer.”

  7. helga klynn says:

    Hi Rob,
    Just finished reading The Surfer. I like your writing style and the story had excitement that kept my attention to the last word. I felt like wanting to know more about Walter. Maybe he will appear again in another story. Thanks for introducing me to Kindle.

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