Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Seasonal Adjustments

With bated breath I await the arrival of the first paperback version of Sins of the Father.  After a final page by page check for errors, we will be pushing ahead with the publication of the third volume of Song of the Elves. At SOTE HQ we are still hopeful of a Christmas release – at the latest Book 3 will creep out sometime between Christmas and the New Year (fingers crossed).

Started to get into the Christmas spirit this weekend.  Brought a smile to the face of my three year old with a flower broach from RachelCreates, a great designer local to Cheshire, who works with textiles, ceramics and many other media to produce a range of lovely goods.  I’m currently steeling myself for the annual visit to Manchester for the Christmas shopping; it will be a trip to rival the journey of Agatha and Eidur in The King’s Blades, no doubt!

I’ve had a few queries since the last posting about the Sisters of Mercy reference with regard to the wonderful cover designs of the series.  The Sisters were renowned for using black covers for their E.P.s and albums, against which iconic images vibrantly sat.  The cover for A Shadow Falls was created with this inspiration from my youth in mind.  I wanted the potential reader to feel drawn to the oak tree as a potential safe haven, moonlight puddled around it’s boughs, a stout and reliable reference against the foreboding, encroaching darkness.  My particular favourite in Sisters’ cover art was for their second full length album, Floodland.  One cannot escape ones gothic roots so it seems!  Keep those embarassing 80s photos in your cupboard mum!

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 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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