Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

That October Feeling

‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ and endless ammendments to my manuscript – I’m sure Keats never had to wrestle with this temptation – the desire to keep tinkering until perfection is reached (in my eyes); or maybe he did and that’s why he was so good.

Anyway, as we enter autumn, the manuscript for A Shadow Falls is a season ahead, in the winter of it’s preparation.  I’m ammending a few final bits and pieces that grated when reading the proof through.  Nearly there – though I’ve said that before.  I’m still hoping for an October release to general sale, but my priority is in quality rather than speed.

Apologies for all the hold ups, but I think you will see the rewards of this careful pruning and adjustment-making when you finally get the book in your hands.  Aesthetically, its looking great – won’t be long know!

Also I’m pleased to report that I’ve begin to write Wolves of Winter Part Two, an altogether darker and more intense affair than the blood and thunder ‘stuff’ that was part one.

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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