Louis Piechota grew up in Colorado but now lives in upstate New York. Currently he pays the bills as a mechanical engineer, but his dream has always been to become a full-time author and storyteller. His main passion in writing is fantasy, but he’s also got a few ideas for science fiction stories that will make it onto the page one day. Basically anything that can't be found in the real world is what most interests him in both writing and reading. Some of his favorite authors are J.R.R Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Neil Gaiman.
He published his first novel, “A Rose in the Desert,” in 2014. In the fall of 2018 he followed it up with a sequel entitled “A Daughter of Kings,” and he is currently at work on two new projects.
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 The first draft of my first novel (not A Rose in the Desert, another book which is still unpublished) was written in the spring of my sophomore year at the university of Colorado.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.
Eighteen-year-old Alirah is the princess of Arandia, but she has never seen her realm. Years ago her father fled into exile in order to save the kingdom from a disastrous civil war. Yet when a messenger from Arandia seeks them out, begging for help, Alirah knows she must answer his call. She takes up her father's sword and sets out to save her people from the evil of the Tyrant King.
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.