Louis Piechota


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. When he is not writing he's usually either reading, cooking something, or hiking in the Adirondacks. Some of his favorite authors are J.R.R Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Neil Gaiman.

He published his first novel, “A Rose in the Desert", in 2014. His latest novel is "Waymaker". A sequel to Waymaker is in the works, along with an unrelated trilogy tentatively entitled "The Father of the Night".

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 the stories I wrote got too long I'd have to save them in multiple files. I started writing more seriously in college. I wrote the first draft of my first novel (not ‘A Rose in the Desert’, but another book which I never published) during 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?
‘Waymaker’ really had at least two sources that finally came together into one novel. Really they came together into a series of novels, as the ending of ‘Waymaker’ sets up at least one sequel that I’m already working on.

The idea of the bonemen, and a of tiny habitable world on the edge of a lifeless desert, came to me while visiting my brother in Albuquerque several years ago. The idea of a “city of demons” was already in my head from many years before, when I happened to see an anime short film called ‘Kakurenbo’. I knew I wanted to tell a story for each setting, but didn’t have a fully developed setting or conflict for either one. The story that became ‘Waymaker’ (and its sequel(s)) really took off when I realized the two ideas could be connected: that the two setting fragments I had imagined could literally be two separated fragments of a larger world.
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Where to find Louis Piechota online

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Price: $3.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 86,800. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Twelve-year-old Kateb longs to run away from home. The problem is he lives in a splinterworld: a tiny fragment of reality bounded by nothingness. There is literally nowhere else to go. That changes when he meets Ryn, a young woman from another world, on the run from demons. Helping her to escape might be his only chance to live a free and fulfilling life. It also might get him killed.
A Daughter of Kings
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 220,210. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
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.
A Rose in the Desert
Price: $3.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 92,510. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.43 from 7 reviews)
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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