Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Easter Update

Just a quick line this week before I dash off to the sea-side to re-charge the batteries…

I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying writing the second draft of Wolves of Winter II.  It has a different feel from the first instalment, with the characters being well established by now it feels like visiting old friends.  There is a little more mystery to the plot of WOWII, though it lacks none of the thunder and consolation of the inaugural tale.  I fully intend to complete the trilogy this year and release the full story as a stand alone novel, a prequel of sorts to the events of A Shadow Falls.

Talking of ‘Thunder and Consolation’, I caught the excellent New Model Army on the spring leg of their ‘Today is a Good Day’ tour.  As ever, Justin and his crewe are at their fiery best when the country is in a mess.  At Liverpool’s Academy, songs from the new album such as ‘Arm Yourselves and Run’, burned brightly against classics including ‘Poison Street’, ‘White Coats’ and ‘No Rest for the Wicked’.  And with the current shennanigans of American owners at both Liverpool and Man Utd football clubs, has ’51st State’ ever felt so poignant.  The mixed crowd of Mancunians and Liverpudlians were fully ‘united’ in belting out the chorus!

Anyway, I digress, though I have to say the lyricism of NMA and the consistency of their music over an incredible thirty years (30 years!!!) has been a constant source of inspiration.

So. its off to St. Annes we go, seeking fresh impetus and words in the sea spray and the wind from the West.

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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