Louis Piechota


I grew up in Colorado but I now live in upstate New York. Currently I pay the bills by working as a mechanical engineer, but my dream has always been to become a professional author and support myself by what I write. My main interest in writing is fantasy, and I've also got a few ideas for science fiction stories that haven't made it onto the page yet. Basically anything that I can't find in the real world is what interests me in writing and in reading.

Some of my favorite authors include Lloyd Alexander, C.S. Lewis, Phillip Pullman, Ursula K. LeGuin, and in particular J.R.R Tolkien. I probably know more than I should about Middle Earth. Outside of fantasy I am a fan of Isaac Azimov, Joseph Conrad, Victor Hugo, and any number of others.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first began writing when I was still in elementary school. I used to write stories using a "Writing Assistant 2.0" program on an old IBM PC junior. I remember that the program couldn't handle "large" files and as stories I was writing got too long I'd have to save them in multiple files. I started writing more seriously in college. The first draft of my first novel (not A Rose in the Desert, another book which is still unpublished) was written in the spring of my sophomore year at the university of Colorado. On a not-entirely unrelated note, I did pretty lousy in my classes that semester.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"A Rose in the Desert" began as a kind of loose prequel / backstory to that first novel I had written, which is called "The Brightest Star." In the original drafts of "A Rose in the Desert," one of the characters from "The Brightest Star" is reading the story of Ethyrin and Nuara during a snowstorm. Eventually Ethyrin and Nuara's story grew into a full novel of its own, and I abandoned the story within a story approach. I still hope to publish "The Brightest Star" someday (soon), but it will need a fresh looking-over and a revision before it's ready to see the light of day.
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A Daughter of Kings, Part I
Price: Free! Words: 107,170. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Alirah has grown up sheltered and happy among the Kwi’Kiri people of the far west. Her father is not one of the Kwi’Kiri, however. He is the rightful high king of Arandia, living in exile, and she is that kingdom’s princess. When one day a messenger comes from Arandia, begging for help, Alirah knows she must answer his call. She takes up her father’s sword and rides off to save her dying realm.
A Rose in the Desert
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 92,800. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Prince Ethyrin is fourteen years old, and his uncle wants him dead. Nuara was kidnapped as a small child and now lives as a slave in the palace of a merchant-lord. Fate throws them together, and they set off on a desperate journey to find freedom and a new home.

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