Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Crawling to a conclusion

It may sound strange, but some of my clearest visions for The Song of the Elves and The Wolves of Winter come when I’m putting in the lengths in the local pool.  There’s something about the isolation of swimming that gives one time to think through ideas and to iron out kinks in a story line.

Not to stretch the metaphor too far, but going for a swim often throws a lifeline to a stuttering plot, and helps to wash away writer’s block.  It also drowns a few duff plot lines!

This brings me to my point for this week, being that I have now formulated the last scene of Wolves of Winter Part Two. The transition phase from tale 2 to tale 3, in which Mallakai enlists Tom to fight his father’s plans to re-open the Old North Road is in my head too.  Hopefully by next week they will both be down on paper and I can begin the job of typing up W.O.W. II.

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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