November 2016 • Robyn Mitchell

Robyn Mitchell was named the November Member of the Month by the Women In Trucking Association. Robyn is an author and former professional truck driver.

What would compel a married mother of nine children and step children, and grandmother of 23 grandchildren with a comfortable teaching job to become a heavy-hauling truck driver? Then, several years into her career to literally switch gears to become a first-time novelist? Robyn Mitchell certainly has a broad resume, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Robyn first noticed eighteen wheel trucks on Highway 81 while watering trees at the family farm in rural Nebraska. She was no stranger to big farm equipment, tractors, and the dump trucks that hauled the corn, but others in the family were usually the ones who got the drive time on that heavy equipment.

After college, Robyn spent many rewarding years as a teacher, but after her children left the nest, she was ready to take on a new challenge. She considered every option, including her husband’s career working in the oil field.

“I asked my husband, ‘What can I do in the oil patch? I want to do what you do,’” Robyn says. “His response was pretty condescending, but it just made me more determined. I told him, ‘I can learn anything. What do you really think I can do in the oil field?’ He joked that maybe I could be a trucker.”

With the memories of the big beautiful trucks she saw on the highway as a girl resurrected, Robyn knew what her next adventure would be. Two months later, she had her Class A CDL driver’s and threw herself into the trucking world.

It wasn’t easy as an inexperienced driver to get a job, but Robyn wouldn’t take “no” for an answer, and finally a local sand-hauling company gave her a chance. She traveled Southwest first as a sand hauler all over Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, then as a “strapper” hauling large commercial air conditioners in California and the Midwest.

All the time Robyn was on the road trucking she was taking notes, writing stories, and journaling. At first, this was just a method to relieve her overcrowded brain, but she began to think that people might be interested in her road adventures and memories. Robyn didn’t think it would be all that interesting to just write about herself, so she mixed a little of the truth with some drama and adventure and created The Mother Trucker Book Series.

Five books later, Robyn has reluctantly given up commercial trucking for the time being, but still travels the country in her Dodge pickup pulling a custom trailer to truck shows as she promotes her first series of books. Getting to know all of her readers and fans in person has reinvigorated her love for the road.

“I can’t believe where the path of my life has led, and it’s not over yet,” Robyn says.

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