Have you been writing for a long time?
I’ve enjoyed writing stories for as long as I can remember, but it was about seven years ago that I began writing with the intention to publish.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
After a brain aneurysm caused a stroke, I was unable to continue my career in engineering. So, with time to kill, I started writing a book.
Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?
This book is currently a stand-alone story, though I reserve the right to someday write a sequel.
Why did you choose this genre?
I loved reading fantasy and science fiction growing up, so I think I just naturally gravitated to those genres when I began writing.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Sit down and write. Then keep writing. Don’t let self-doubt stop you. Remember, all first drafts suck and even the most successful writers need editors to make their work pretty. Write now, Make it pretty later.
About the Book
Title: The Fool’s Apprentice
Author: Kelly Hess
Genre: YA Fantasy
In the kingdom of Dragon’s Launch, young Denrikk’s aspirations of becoming a knight are dashed when he is instead apprenticed to the king’s fool. Embarrassed and devastated that his new position will ruin all hopes of winning the hand of the girl he loves–the princess Alendria– Denrikk reluctantly begins training under his new master, Fumbles, the king’s aging fool. He quickly learns, however, that being a fool in Dragon’s Launch is much more than juggling and laughing like a hyena.
But when a shocking murder within the castle walls shakes the palace, all evidence points toward Denrikk. Now, with his new skills, a bit of luck, and the help of some unlikely friends, the fool’s apprentice must race to prove his innocence, all while evading capture.
Kelly Hess is the author of the BlackMyst Trilogy. Kelly grew up with a love of reading science fiction and fantasy which inspired him to write his own books for young readers. He lives in Vacaville, California with his wife and son where he is currently working on his next adventure.
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