Robin Yocum, a native of Brilliant and graduate of Buckeye North High School and Bowling Green University, where he majored in journalism, has received a USA Book News Best Books 2011 Award in mystery and suspense in his first try at fiction.
His book "Favorite Sons," deals with four teenage boys who find they can't cover a wrong forever. It comes back to haunt them after 30 years, when an arrowhead thrown at a bully who was threatening them causes his death.
The book intertwines names of local people who had an influence on his life, such as Lillian Hesske, Buckeye North English teacher; and Bill McHugh, Huskies football coach.
Many towns, small communities and businesses from the area are mentioned in the book that keeps the reader on an emotional edge.
Yocum is the author of two nonfiction books, "Just Sweats," co-authored with the Columbus Dispatch, where his beat was as a crime and investigative reporter for 11 years; and "Dead Before Deadline," on crime situations based on real happenings.
He is the recipient of 20 writing awards, including those from the Associated Press and Press Club of Ohio.
Yocum is the founder of the Yocum Communications and Public Relations firm located in Westerville.
He is now working on a new book, "The Prisoners of Brandywine Hill," based in the fictional Eastern Ohio town of Braddock Springs.