"Rodes Fishburne is a marksman hunting down first-novel fame, and he never misses." - Tom Wolfe

Rodes Fishburne is the author of the best-selling novel Going To See The Elephant, chosen by both Independent bookstores and Amazon.com as one of the best novels of 2009. 

He co-created the one hour drama, Blood & Oil for ABC, which ran for the 2015-2016 season.

He's written for magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Forbes ASAP. 

A lifelong angler, he worked for five seasons as a fly-fishing guide in Alaska. While living in a remote tent camp on the Upper Nushagak River, a severe storm with 90 mile per hour winds stranded him alone for 21 days, during this time he lost 17 pounds and read War and Peace twice.

A native of Virginia, and a graduate of Emory & Henry College, he attended St. Peter’s College, Oxford, where he studied Religion and Irish Literature.

He’s a member of the Grotto, a collective of professional writers and is represented by Sylvie Rabineau at WME, and David Kanter and Jeff Okin at Anonymous Content. He lives in San Francisco.


From debut author Rodes Fishburne, this captivating novel introduces one of the most engaging literary characters in recent years: Slater Brown, whose dream to be the greatest writer in the world leads him to discover the spirit of a city—and himself.

Standing in a bicycle taxi, speeding the wrong way down the busiest street in San Francisco, twenty-five-year old Slater Brown is ready to stake his claim as the greatest writer in the world. In the history of the world.

If only the perfect story would appear.