Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

A Strange Brew

Much of the action of the Wolves of Winter Part Two takes place in the north west fishing port of Heliop.  As I was putting together a scene this week I found myself thinking there was something very familiar about the frontier town I had created.

Its funny how subconsciously, influences from your life creep in – I can see John Wayne and Dean Martin, sauntering down the main street with trouble in their eyes and justice in their pistols; the trees are pressed depressingly close about the town and pine forests don’t let up for miles, and like during my recent trip to Sweden you can sense the claustraphobia that grips the denizens of the towns many drinking dens.  You start to think about what music might be playing if this scene had a sound track, and I can hear something soaring from Dio era Rainbow or Sabbath.

The beauty of writing though, is that when you read it for yourself, you will bring your own imaginings to the piece, and they’re all equally valid.  One thing’s for sure, Heliop is a human quagmire – spend too long in the town and you may never get out – Rulnik better watch his step!

Until next time, 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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