Author: Aldred Chase
Publication Date: December 19, 2013
Format: eBook, 236 pages
Keth has become the most powerful person in the city of Russett. He is both Prince Dawyn’s fool and his most trusted adviser. The secret of Keth’s success is listening to the tart, sour comments that the turnip on the end of his fool’s stick pours into his mind, which no one else can hear.
When an earthquake strikes Russett, it is only the first in a series of disasters to devastate the city. Superstitious folk say that these are signs that a dragon is coming and only the golden prince of legend can save them. Keth’s turnip tells him that these are only natural events and dragons don’t exist, but he can use peoples’ fears to his own advantage.
In the ruined city, Keth has to decide who he will trust and what he will believe. The fate of his friends and the survival of the land depend on the choices he makes.
Dragon’s Fool is book four in the Nobody’s Fool Quartet, the gripping climax to a tale of comedy and adventure.7:56 PM 1/14/2014
“Dragons and the princes who fight them are only in stories, aren’t they, fool?” Dawyn said. His fingers were gouging at the blankets.
“That’s right, Your Highness,” I said, sitting on the bed beside him. “They’re just legends.”
“Like that ‘Golden Prince’ play,” Dawyn said.
“Exactly,” I said. “We don’t have any real dragons, only actors holding up a costume on sticks.”
Dawyn sighed and his fingers relaxed.
“Are we expecting Dawyn to fight a dragon?” I thought at Turnip.
“Of course not,” Turnip said inside my head then chuckled. “You must reassure our noble prince that no acts of courage or heroism will be required from him.”
“Captain Wheelbrace spoke of a dragon,” I thought at it.
“And so will his crew,” Turnip said, “and so will his passengers, and with every telling the dragon will grow bigger and its fire will burn hotter.”
“I don’t believe they’re all making it up,” I thought at it.
“They’re not,” Turnip said. “They saw something they did not understand, so someone called it a dragon. That made sense to everyone else, and they repeated it.”
“So what did they see?” I thought at it.
“A special type of mountain called a volcano has erupted,” Turnip said, “and when that happens, huge fiery lumps of molten rock are hurled high into the air. It’s far more awesome than a paltry dragon dragged from a legend, but a dragon is the best description these people can come up with.”
“So what do we do?” I thought at it.
“Relax and become heroes,” Turnip said.
About the Author (from Goodreads):
Aldred Chase’s first experience of fantasy fiction was reading ‘The Hobbit’ at school, and he has been hooked on the genre ever since. His favorite places for writing are cafes and park benches, but he does most of his work sitting at his desk. His best ideas come to him when he is travelling by train or walking by the sea.
Aldred has just released Dragon’s Fool, the final installment of the Nobody’s Fool Quartet, a tale of adventure and comedy with some scary bits, aimed at children age 9 to 12. He vacated his desk to give his brain and keyboard a rest, but during a recent train ride the idea for his next novel arrived, and the desk is calling him back.
For readers who would like to begin the series from the beginning, Apprentice Fool, book one of the Nobody’s Fool Quartet, is available free at Amazon in the USA, Canada, and UK, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo and Barnes and Noble:
My Writing Process
Where do I get my ideas for stories from? Some of them seem to land in my head out of nowhere, and I always carry a notepad and pen with me so I can catch them before they fly off. At other times, I’m more deliberate about generating ideas and I use subjects that interest me as my starting point. For example, I’m fascinated by the history of theatre and I thought it would be interesting to write a story involving a troupe of strolling players in a medieval setting. This idea became an important strand of my Nobody’s Fool Quartet.
Once I have a story idea, I like to mull over it. This process involves taking long walks and sitting in cafes, gazing into space. You might not believe it to look at me, but I’m working extremely hard.
Having done some mulling, I like to plot things out before I begin writing my first draft, working out an outline of my book down to the scene level. I think it helps me to tune in mentally to the terrain of the story. Once I’m writing, I’m happy to stop and revise the outline if my characters are suggesting the story needs to go in a different direction or a brilliant idea hits me out of the blue.
I write the first draft scene by scene, working in order from beginning to end. I do a brief outline of a scene, then I write it in one go without stopping and without judging the quality of what I’m writing. I find completing the first draft of a book is one of the most satisfying moments, even though I know that I still have a lot of work to do before I publish it.
The next step for me is self-editing my story. In the past, I’ve spent a day polishing a scene to perfection only to realize that it does not belong in the story and will have to be cut altogether. These days, I try to tackle structural issues first then progress to finer levels of detail.
The final step in my self-editing process is that I read my story out loud. Hearing the words spoken is one of the best ways I know to pick out clunky phrases and awkward dialogue.
Once I’m happy with my story, I send it to an editor to line-edit, a process that highlights my occasional spelling mistakes and my much more frequent grammatical errors. I make most of the amendments suggested by my editor then my wife kindly proof-reads the story before I publish it. I value the extra pairs of eyes looking over my story as they pick up many things that I miss but my readers would notice.
That’s my writing process in a nutshell but I want to mention one extra ingredient I need to create my books, discipline. It’s not my favorite word, but I’ve grown to accept that it is an essential part of staying on track with my writing. I treat my writing as a regular job and I’m at my writing desk by half past seven in the morning. I’m a morning person and I write during that time because I have more ideas then and my concentration is sharper. At about three o’clock in the afternoon, my performance starts to wane and I try to schedule any simple, repetitive tasks I have for that time.
All writers are unique and we all do things differently. My process is still evolving so if you have any thoughts, questions or tips do, please leave a comment.
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