Robert Mulkey was born in Silverton, Oregon and grew up in the mid-Willamette Valley. He attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, graduating with a BS in Sociology and a minor in Geography. His writing career started in high school and continued into college.
Upon graduation in 1982, writing took a back seat to economic issues, however, he contributed writing, editing and research for such organizations as BestPlaces.net, International Facilities Management Association, Western Economic Research and the Oregon Secretary of State. He wrote two technical journals—Population Trends in Oregon and Population Trends in California and has been published in the Portland, Oregon newspaper, The Oregonian.
His professional background stretches over thirty years and focuses on management capacities in property, retail trade, transportation, logistics, relocation and cable television.
Mulkey’s first book, This is My Lemonade—An Adoption Story is the result of a thirty-eight year search for identity, acceptance and validation. The book is unique in that it traces the journey of an adult adoptee over a literal lifetime as he juggles three families and two identities. The search took Mulkey from a comfortable, typical life in suburban Salem, Oregon to an international existence in Italy where he met his father’s family. Lemonade was inspired by family, friends and strangers who were fascinated by the unusual circumstances of Mulkey’s adoption and encouraged him to write a book about his experiences.
Mulkey has recently returned from Alba Adriatica, Italy. While there he embraced the Italian heritage he discovered during his adoption journey, learned Italian and strengthened ties with the extended family on his biological father’s side. He traveled to Lviv, Ukraine and Krakow, Poland to research his mother’s side of the family for his next book, which will be a coda to his entire genealogical/adoption journey. Look for it soon!