Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dragon's Fool, Book Four of the Nobody's Fool Quartet by Aldred Chase: Interview and Excerpt



Welcome!  Thank you for being here and agreeing to answer a few of my questions! Tell us about your current release.


Dragon’s Fool is book four in the Nobody’s Fool Quartet, the gripping climax to a tale of comedy and adventure. The quartet chronicles the adventures of a boy called Keth, who is naughty and hot-headed but also brave and resourceful. He finds that his one small stand for justice leads him into an amazing and terrifying adventure. Apprentice Fool, the first book in the quartet, is available free and is a great way to get into the series.


Plotter or Pantser? Why?


I’m definitely a plotter. Before I begin writing a first draft, I work out an outline of the 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.


Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?


I have more ideas and my concentration is sharper in the morning. 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. By the time evening arrives, I’d struggle to write a shopping list. Once I’m asleep, things improve. I keep a pad and pencil by my bed in case I wake up with a good idea during the night.


What do you find most rewarding about writing?


I love stretching my imagination and visualizing the story in my head, before translating it to the page. 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.


Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so what are they?


Write because you love it. The act of writing should be its own reward. Don’t get too hung up about sales and critical recognition. While you should work hard to improve your writing skills, you should take at least ten minutes every day to write for pleasure, keeping your pen moving or your fingers tapping, and not judging the quality of what you write. I’m writing a series of posts on my website entitled ‘Writing for Fun’ where I explore these ideas.


Who is your favorite author?


I have dozens of favorite authors, but if I had to pick just one, I’d choose Tolkien. I read ‘The Hobbit and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ at school and the feeling of having such a richly imagined new world open up inside my head was exhilarating.


What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?


I enjoy watching plays and movies; any form of storytelling draws me in. I like to travel, especially long distance train journeys. The planning is almost as much fun as the trip.


What are your favorite TV shows?


I’m a big fan of Dr Who, both the original series and the rebooted version. I also like detective mysteries. My favorite is Poirot with David Suchet in the title role.



Dragon's Fool
Book Four of the Nobody's Fool Quartet

by Aldred Chase




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.

Dragon’s Fool can be purchased at:




The roar of the water was now deafening. It had wiped out all the other sounds. Urchin and Grub had got hold of Wilbert’s arms and Smiley and Bead were clinging to them to stop them toppling over, but Wilbert was too heavy for them to drag up. Wilbert’s foot pushed down against my shoulder but he didn’t have the strength to boost himself up. My last view before the water engulfed me was going to be of Wilbert’s bum.


I had an idea. I raised my turnip stick. I wedged the turnip head against Wilbert’s backside. I shoved hard. Wilbert shot up. The others hauled him on to the roof tiles. I climbed up after him.


“I hate you,” Turnip said inside my head. “I’m glad you’re going to drown.”


I scrambled onto the corner of the roof. Urchin, Grub and Smiley were crawling up to the ridge of the roof. Wilbert was lying, gasping like a stranded fish and clutching his bum. Bead was kneeling over him, checking he was okay.


From up here, I had a much better view of the wave than I wanted. A great wall of water swept towards us with terrible purpose. It ripped up the wooden pier beyond the stone quay and tossed the timbers high in the air. It blasted over the top of the city wall and collapsed the buildings on the other side as though they were made of paper.



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. I’ve included the links below the blurb.

When cruel Prince Dorian's grain collector leaves the village of Mottle with so little grain that they face starvation over the coming winter, only thirteen year old Keth is prepared to do anything about it. His attempt to steal back the grain goes wrong, and he only escapes capture by joining a band of traveling players, as their apprentice fool.

The troupe is journeying towards the capital where rebels are plotting to overthrow Prince Dorian. As Keth works to develop his natural talent as a fool, he discovers he has an unwanted gift; he can see the terrifying wraiths that haunt the wounded land. Can Keth keep his audience laughing long enough to join the rebels and defeat the prince, or will the sinister wraiths get to him first?

Apprentice Fool is Book One in the Nobody's Fool Quartet, a tale of comedy and adventure.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


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.





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