Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

View from the Hills

I’ve just returned from my annual walking trip to the Lakes, burning with fresh inspiration fuelled by the spectacular landscapes.  This year my friends and I in the NCWC (Narlas Cipple Walking Club) tackled Grisedale Round and Hartsop Hill.  During the hum-drum of the usual working day it’s easy to forget the majesty and drama of this favourite part of England.

Timing of the trip was apt, as I’m currently re-working the mountain scenes of The King’s Blades.  My original inspiration for the sequence, set amongst the peaks of Queen Bell to the south of Farsee Forest, came from similar expeditions with the NCWC.  To have the chance to gain a ‘top-up’ of my recollections was wonderful.

We climbed high, saw peaks behind peaks, glimpsed mighty bodies of water: Windermere, sparkling like the discarded fragments of a broken mirror; Derwentwater, wrapped about the crumpled rug hills like spilt water.

So, its onwards with the re-drafting this week.  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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