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Ten +1 Questions with Author Angelika Rust

Angelika RustAngelika Rust is the author behind the book Ratpaths. If you want to get an idea on the mind behind the book all you need to do is check out the about the author piece in the book. After all, how many authors will admit to this when it comes to where the book idea was found.

“I had a story in my head. It started taking up too much brain space (And to those of you who’ll feel compelled to argue that there hadn’t been too much brain space to begin with: I know who you are. And I know where you live.), so I wrote it down, only to find that writing one story down will inevitably lead to others popping up and demanding the same right.”

 

So after you read that about Angelika, in her own words, let us get on to her responses to those Ten, plus one, questions. Oh and at the bottom find the video trailer for the book, Ratpaths.

Question 1: What inspired you to write Ratpaths?

From the moment I discovered fantasy for me, I all but stopped reading anything else. For years, I read all that was available in the fantasy genre, right up to the moment I got heartily sick of almighty wizards and divine intervention. You know, deus-ex-machina solutions. I wanted to read a book with no magic at all, one in which the characters would need to rely on their own wits, luck, friends, whatever, to help them out of whatever they’ve gotten themselves into. That’s when I started writing the story which had occupied parts of my brain for quite some time already. It probably sounds hopelessly arrogant, but I wrote the book I wanted to read.

 Question 2: Is there any significance to the name/names of your main characters?

Sorry, but no. No friends I wanted to honor, no long lost love. I made all the names up as I went along, trying to find the name most appropriate for the individual person.

Question 3: During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your own memories?

Of course. Sometimes a character will do or say something reminiscent of some person from your own past or present. Luckily, though, I’ve never had to experience anything even remotely close to what I put my characters through.

Question 4: What were some of your favorite books growing up?

I’ve spent quite a lot of time with Michael Ende’s Neverending Story. I’m reading it to my own kids now. It’s a unique book, and every child should read it, and then read it again as an adult.

Question 5: Do you hear from fans of the book, and if you do what do they say?

I’ve received a lot of very helpful feedback already. People tell me what they liked and disliked, which characters they’ve grown fond of and want to learn more about. They make suggestions on how the story might continue. Most of all, though, people tell me that they love the way I bring the city’s culture to life with allusions to beliefs and superstitions in the characters’ everyday language. In other words, they like how I swear and curse.

Question 6: What was the feeling like when you saw the very first printed version of your book? 

Unreal. Absolutely, wonderfully, horrifyingly unreal.

Question 7: Do you continue to write?

Yes. I’m currently working on the sequel, and whenever I need a break I’m writing a novella about the more or less amusing side effects of depression.  

Question 8: What is the message you want people to take away from the book?

None at all. I want people to take my book, lean back and relax. I didn’t choose to write fantasy to teach a lesson, but to provide a means of escape, a few hours of entertainment.

Question 9: If you could envision a future for your main character, what would it be?

At some point, in a very distant future, I want him to grow old in peace and play with the grandchildren. He’s in his early twenties now. I have plans for him, which don’t include an early retirement.

Question 10: Who are those in the dedication of the book, and their importance to you?  

This book is dedicated to everyone who reads/has read/will read it. Books should be dedicated to readers, that’s why.

The +1 Question: If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why?

Can I have more than one place? During the past half year, I’ve met a great many wonderful, supportive people, but only on the internet and never in person. They are all over the US, the UK, some in Africa, Australia, Canada,…I would dearly love to meet and hug them all, hence I’d schedule a book tour to take me to the places where they live.

 

The trailer:

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Interview

 

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Ratpaths by Angelika Rust

RatpathsSeattle, Washington, is an old city in the United States Pacific Northwest, which has an underground tunnel system. The tunnels were at one time used by business owners for storage and away from people to travel from place to place. As sidewalks were constructed the tunnels nearly became forgotten. Instead they became used for nefarious activities. One could find opium dens, speakeasies, brothels, and men even disappeared from the tunnels only to find themselves on some sailing ship. 

You could almost say that the only thing to call those tunnels home were the criminals, and the rats that looked for dark places. These creatures both looked for a place to hide and conduct their own form of living, and away to escape those who hunted them.

The book, Ratpaths, by author Angelika Rust takes the reader into one such of tunnel system. A tunnel system that lies underneath Istonnia, and they are controlled by one man, Vicco Cambrosi. The man used the paths under the city to run his illicit activities and controlled who could use the paths. This included the young man Nivvo who will find that those paths are both a help and a hindrance to his life.

Nivvo is a thief, and a quite good one. He has worked and taken jobs for people such as Cambrosi since he was a wee little boy. There is only one person in the city he really cares for outside of himself and that would be his sister Reka and her charges.

Reka took over what some would call an orphanage after its leader, Babbo Andori, had passed away. She is able to help put enough food out for anyone hungry and provide beds for all who need them. This has not been easy for Reka and after Andori’s death it fell upon her to keep the place running. She survives by donations from those who can afford the extra coin, but it is never enough.

It is when Contia Zadora I Amaffi announces to Reka that she may no longer be of assistance at Andori’s that things really begin for Nivvo. He is listening when the Contia tells Reka of a locket that a man has taken and is using against the Contia. He promises his sister he will help and this will involve breaking into the man’s home to retrieve the locket. 

Nivvo finds that this job may be going too easy when he is forced to hide under some furniture and hears something that will change the life of many. The son of the city’s past ruler is alive and will be killed that evening.  Nivvo makes the choice to save the young man and get him out of the city. There is only one way to go, and that’s under the main city.

Ratpaths is a book that will take the reader into an older world setting. People live and die by the blade, there are no modern weapons. The city of Istonnia is ruled by a tyrant who went as far as to KILL his own brother to become the ruler. The actions of his men led to much brutality that is explained in the book, and tells how Reka came to Andori’s as an infant.

The reader will also learn about the main character Nivvo and those he can call friend. The move that Nivvo makes to rescue the young boy will have far reaching consequences to all those he cares about. He will find himself running through the wilderness with the boy knowing someday he will have to return home.

The book is well written and author, Angelika Rust, does a great job in getting the reader interested in her characters. The reader will find a great story that does involve some “cat and mouse” activity by Nivvo and others. The book is self-published and fans of mystery, action, and other genres will find this book a great read. The key to the book is the way the story is set and flows in a manner it is hard to put down.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Reviews

 

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