Tri-Cities author breaks 100K book sales mark

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldDecember 29, 2013 

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Ed Robertson

It's been a busy year for Kennewick High graduate Ed Robertson, and he has lots to celebrate this New Year's Eve.

His science fiction and fantasy ebook novels are sold around the world, and in November those sales crested the 100,000 mark.

Currently, his most popular books are the Breakers series: "Reapers (Breakers Book 4)", "Knifepoint (Breakers Book 3)" and "Melt Down (Breakers Book 2)." All received plenty of praise from readers on Amazon.

His other books include "The Cutting Room", episodes I and II. "Titans" also received high praise from readers.

"This year has been pretty crazy," Robertson told the Herald this week.

"I've never hit a New York Times or USA Today bestseller list, but I came close in September when I hit No. 16 overall on Amazon's Kindle store," he said.

He doesn't consider any of his books as the Great American Novel. He sees his post-apocalyptic works as fed, in part, by the anxieties of being young and poor during the recession.

"But they're also about the world going boom," he added. "These days, I'm more interested in writing a fun story than a literary classic."

Robertson was bitten by the writing bug in grade school when he wrote a story about a dragon. He never stopped writing after that.

"Writing does two things for me," he said. "It lets me problem-solve and ask 'what if?' Then spend a book, or series, answering that question. Second, it makes up for a major deficiency in real life, which is that reality is messy, illogical and much more poorly written than the shlockiest TV show."

Writing allows Robertson to set things in order and pretend they make sense, he said. He prefers science fiction and fantasy because the "what ifs" are typically much bigger there.

"What if the world ended tomorrow is a lot more fun to answer than what if someone woke up dissatisfied with their relationship," he said. "In sci-fi/fantasy you can answer both. There are no limits to what you can write about. My most recent book actually was a mystery novel that happened to be set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by aliens."

Two of his short stories were included in the anthology "The Aether Age", published by Hadley Rille Books in 2011.

Most of his novels are published as ebooks, but he now has a publisher for his audiobooks "Outcome", "Melt Down", and "Knifepoint", which will be released in February, he said.

Robertson, 31, went to college in New York and now lives in California -- he greatly enjoys blowing up both places in his novels, he said.

"I've been writing fiction for more than a decade, but with the exception of some short stories, I was never able to sell anything to traditional publishers," he said. "So, I started self-publishing a couple years ago and it's been my career ever since."

His parents Ken and Patti Robertson live in Kennewick.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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