Robert Rummel-Hudson



Robert Rummel-Hudson's first book, Schuyler’s Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless Daughter, tells the story of raising a little girl with a disability and learning to
become the father she needs.  It was published in February 2008 by St. Martin's Press and was released in trade paperback in January 2009.

In February 2008, his article about Schuyler, “Love Beyond Words,” was published in Good HousekeepingSchuyler’s Monster was reviewed in People (3.5 out of 4 stars) and was excerpted in Wondertime in March 2008.

Robert has been writing online since 1995.  His story has been featured in articles in the Austin Chronicle (August 2000), the Irish Times (summer 2003), the New Haven Register (April 2003), March 2008), the Dallas Morning News (March 2008), the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (March 2008) and the St. Paul Pioneer Press (June 2008).  He has been featured on American Public Radio’s Weekend America, WFAA’s Good Morning Texas and KERA’s Think with Krys Boyd.  The Rummel-Hudson family was the subject of a feature story by Fox 26 Houston’s Greg Groogan.  Robert was the featured keynote speaker at the 2009 Texas Speech Language Hearing Association Convention in Austin.

More of Robert’s observations on life with Schuyler can be found at his blog, Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords.

Robert Rummel-Hudson is represented by Sarah Jane Freymann of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency in New York.


Robert Rummel-Hudson spent his early years in Texas.  He grew up in the West Texas oil town of Odessa, and attended college at the University of Texas at Arlington, studying music and English.  During that time, he worked as a professional freelance trombonist and music instructor.

At the age of twenty-nine, he left it all behind and moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan to marry Julie Rummel.  A year later, they had a daughter, Schuyler Noelle, and moved to New Haven, Connecticut to work for Yale University.

It was at Yale that Schuyler was diagnosed with Bilateral Perisylvian Polymicrogyria, a rare neurological condition that left her unable to speak.  For the next few years, Robert used his online journal and blog to chronicle Schuyler's fight for a normal life, and also his transformation to become, against all his flaws and self-doubts, a good father and fierce advocate for a unique little girl.

Robert Rummel-Hudson now lives with Julie and Schuyler in the north Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas, where Schuyler attends a special public school class for children who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices.  She also attends mainstream classes for the better part of her day, and is working towards transitioning to a more traditional education in the coming years.




Macmillan Book Site


Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords

St. Martin’s Press Bio Page




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