Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Inspirations by osmosis

I’m just putting the finishing touches to The Wolves of Winter Part Two.  The final three scenes should be in the bag by the end of this week and then its just a mattter of typing up the story and editing.  All things being equal, this next installment of the adventures of Rulnik, Yanuk and Torbad should be with you in good time for Easter.

I mentioned inspirations last week, and the music of Ronnie James Dio is certainly one of them.  I’m glad to read that the former Rainbow and Sabbath frontman is responding well to his cancer treatment – I’m hoping to catch him and his current band, Heaven & Hell later this year.

Lots of scenes and moods from the Song of the Elves saga have been evoked by music.  A close friend commented that the cover to A Shadow Falls resembles an 80s goth album cover and I agree it wouldn’t look amiss as a Sisters of Mercy album cover.  I suppose its inevitable that inspirations seep into your work, and i’ve found the process of writing a book very much like an exploration of ones own past – not that I was an elf in a former life or anything.

So, Feb hols are here and I’m looking forward to getting lots of writing done on WOW and SOTE Part 2.

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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