Business strategist develops plan for first fiction novel

September 17, 2013

Robert Harken is far from being crowned the next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King, but the Sammamish resident has found a modest level of success after the publication of his first novel.

Harken’s self-published debut, “Life on Nubis,” hit library and online shelves in January. The 44-year-old, who works full-time developing business strategies for a technology firm, had never tried his hand at writing until recent years.

The 18-month writing process, which included several major revisions, ended with the publication of a short story, “Snow Falls,” last November, followed by “Life on Nubis” two months later.

Since then, some strong reviews have bolstered Harken’s sales figures. The Library Review, which Harken calls “one of the top-five review publications,” compared his novel to works from long-established science-fiction writers like Ben Bova and Kim Stanley Robinson.

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