Piers Platt is the New York Times bestselling author of “Combat and Other Shenanigans,” a memoir of his year-long deployment to Iraq as a tank and scout platoon leader. Piers grew up in Boston, but spent most of his childhood in various boarding schools, including getting trained as a classical singer at a choir school for boys. He joined the Army in 2002, and spent four years on active duty.
When he’s not writing or spending time with his lovely wife and daughter, Piers works as a strategy consultant in New York city.
His latest book is the sci fi/thriller, Rath’s Deception.
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About the Book:
On 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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Would you call yourself a born writer?
Yes and no. I would say I’ve always loved to read and write. But saying I was “born” to be a writer doesn’t give enough credit to my parents, who taught me to love reading, and my teachers, who first introduced me to creative writing and then pushed me to be better at it.
What was your inspiration for Rath’s Deception?
It’s based on a short story called Last Pursuit [available for free wherever ebooks are sold, here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Last-Pursuit-Piers-Platt-ebook/dp/B00JFXTW84/] that I wrote some time ago – Last Pursuit is the same concept / setting, it just focuses on a single mission for one assassin. Readers really enjoyed the story, but many said they wished it was longer…so I expanded it into a full book…and then a trilogy!
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I think each of my books has a different theme. But now you’ve got me thinking – are their common themes across my work?? Hmmm. I’ll have to think about that! In Rath’s Deception, the main themes are the challenge of living up to expectations, living with yourself after making bad decisions, and ultimately triumphing over adversity. But it’s mainly a thriller – less about themes and more about a gripping, action-packed ride.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
I wrote Book 1 in about 8 months. Books 2 and 3 I finished in about 4 months.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
Yes, I am. I believe that discipline is one of the things that separate successful people from dreamers. I’m a dreamer, too! But I have concrete goals and a detailed plan to reach those dreams. I have a day job, too – so writing for me means getting up early to knock out some marketing tasks at home, then I write during the two hours each day I spend on the train getting to/from work. Honestly, it makes the time pass a lot faster than watching a show, so I don’t mind at all.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
Balance! Aside from Rath, the protagonist, I have three secondary characters who each get their own chapters. I wanted to flesh them out (they play key roles in the later books), but not take too much away from Rath’s arc.
What do you love most about being an author?
Hearing from my readers! I love talking with fans who’ve found my books and enjoyed them. That’s what makes it worthwhile, for me.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I published it myself. I’m absolutely happy with that decision – it gives me much more flexibility and control over the entire process.
Where can we find you on the web?
My website: www.piersplatt.com
Thanks again for having me!