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Title: Rath’s Deception Author: Piers Platt Publisher: Piers Platt Pages: 350 Genre: Sci Fi/ThrillerOn the cut-throat streets of Tarkis, orphaned teens like Rath end up jailed … or dead. So when the shadowy Janus Group offers Rath a chance to earn riches beyond his wildest dreams, he seizes it. But the Janus Group is as ruthless as the elite assassins it controls. Rath will have to survive their grueling, off-world training, and fulfill all fifty kills in his contract before a single cent comes his way. And ending so many lives comes with a price Rath can’t anticipate. It’ll certainly cost him what’s left of his innocence. It may well cost him his life.
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About the Author
Where are you from?
I grew up in and around
Tell us your latest news?
I’m launching a book trilogy! Rath’s Deception kicks things off, and then each month I’ll be releasing another book.
When and why did you begin writing?
Very early on – English class was always my favorite growing up – I didn’t mind analyzing the classics, but I LOVED whenever we had free write or a creative writing assignment. I just loved to tell stories.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think being a writer happens in stages…you write for yourself, then you get up the guts to share it with friends, then you try to get published, then you get your first rejection letter. I’ve done all of those…and becoming a NY Times bestseller was a definite highlight “stage!” But I won’t consider myself a writer until I’m doing it full time. Soon!
What inspired you to write your first book?
My experiences as a platoon leader in
Do you have a specific writing style?
I like relatable characters that are up against steep odds. I’m not one for flowery descriptions – I focus on the characters and the action, and let the reader’s imagination fill in some of the extra details.
How did you come up with the title?
Painfully! I hate titles. It’s somewhat an homage to Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Rifles series…his main character is Sharpe, mine is Rath.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Of course! A novel better be making a statement about something. So there’s a bit of a moral to the story…but it’s not at all preachy. Mainly it’s just a rocking fun ride.
How much of the book is realistic?
Well, its set 300 years in the future, so…we’ll find out! I don’t think the technology I included is at all out of the realm of possibility (or hard to understand today), and I certainly think Rath and the other characters react realistically to the situations they face.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No! Thank goodness. I’m not an assassin, nor do I know any.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Tom Clancy and Robert Heinlein’s books were part of my inspiration to join the military. Books like Dune and Altered Carbon inspired me to be a writer myself.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I’ve taken courses from both Nick Stephenson and Mark Dawson, two very well-known indie authors who are willing to share some of their tips along the road to success.
What book are you reading now?
The Man in the
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I think Andy Weir’s story (author of The Martian) is incredibly inspiring – plus it’s a ridiculously good read.
What are your current projects?
Getting books 2 and 3 ready for publication! Putting the finishing touches on them now.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?
I have to thank all of my teachers from middle school through college. They fostered a love of reading and writing, and pushed me to be better every day.
What would you like my readers to know?
I’m really grateful to be here! Thanks again for the opportunity.
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