Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

January Blues?

As I write the snow is back, the fields viewed from Song of the Elves HQ are iced, the oaks dusted with sugar.  There’s a wonderful contrast of infinite blue and broken wisps of unspindled cotton in the sky overhead – and people say January is the gloomiest month.

Well, actually it probably is – writing’s been at an all time low due to day job commitments and yesterday my nose was nearly frozen off trecking to town for the weekly vegetable shop.

Despite the lack  of time, I have been putting a lot of thought into the next cycle of Song of the Elves.  As you know, the first three books are written, with parts 2 and 3 due for edit and release this year and early next.  The second cycle of three books will focus on an older and wiser Kirik, though I’m still wrestling with the best timescale to put on the gap between cycles one and two.  There needs to be enough time for the plot to have moved on and the status quo to have changed considerably in the Summerlands and the Westlands, yet not so far that the immediacy of friendships and cliff-hanger dangers is lost.  There’s clearly much for me to contemplate in the coming months.

My focus for February is to get The Wolves of Winter Two completed and released.  More on this next week…

Up the elves!


About The Author

Writing has been my main form of escape since a child. Before teaching, I earned a living on a little known national newspaper, before discovering I also had a calling for the classroom. The first embryonic scribbles for Song of the Elves emerged in 2000. I began writing the first trilogy as one continuous manuscript entitled The Summerlands, which I finally completed in the Winter of 2007. In the intervening years, I've been transforming this first draft into three distinct instalments of the saga. "A Shadow Falls" and "The King's Blades" have already seen the light of day. "Sins of the Father" will follow shortly. There will be a second trilogy to complete the saga, which I intend to commence work on in 2012. Book four is entitled "The Lost, The Lonely and the Damned". I have also written a series of short tales entitled The Wolves of Winter, set in Rhoderica before the elves invaded the continent. This is now available through lulu.com as a paperback and via amazon kindle as an e-book.. My second, 'Tale of Rhoderica' will be a fantasy version of the great John Ford western - The Searchers. Entitled, To the Ends of the Earth', the novel will be out for Spring 2016. I am also half-way through a manuscript for a science fiction novel, entitled The Mirror of His Soul. Time and health permitting, these will all eventually see the light of day.

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