At last, A Shadow Falls is in print, bringing to a close a momentous journey. First of all I wanted to thank those of you who have been along since the website began 18 months ago, especially those of you who have taken time to register and share in every step of the winding and sometimes seemingly endless road to publication.
Fifteen years ago I began playing around with ideas and characters. I knew I wanted to write fantasy fiction, it being the genre I had read from childhood through to adulthood – Tolkien at ten kind of grabs you and doesn’t let go!
In 2005 I finally had my story and began the painstaking job of writing The Summerlands. I completed this cycle in 2007, but felt it was rather too unwieldy to put forward as a debut novel. With marketting in mind, The Summerlands was divided into three parts, those now being the first three book of The Song of the Elves saga. A Shadow Falls is the first to make it into print – The King’s Blades and Sins of the Father are waiting patiently in the wings for their own release dates.
Next year will be a busy one on the SOTE website, as i will be serialising The King’s Blades on a monthly basis as it goes through its final drafting stages. I intend to release the finished paperbak version this time next year.
In the meantime, The Wolves of Winter Part II is two thirds written – I’m still hoping for a holiday release, but this may creep back into january, as it is a tale that is definitely growing in the telling (to paraphrase the great J.R.R.).
Thanks again to one and all for your wonderful support and encouragement.
Up the Elves!