Robin Cloward published her first poem at the age of eight and gave up poetry immediately afterwards. She went on to win a young adult writing contest with a story about talking mules. Obviously obsessed with four-legged creatures, she co-founded The Weekly Turf Freak, writing and illustrating stories in which the racehorses talked and the jockeys were kept in the tack room with the saddles. She also spent a semester writing for The Grunion, a satirical newspaper at Long Beach State. Somewhere in there, she began writing vampire stories. She has never stopped.