Derry author Chris Sheerin has taken a leap of faith with his third published novel, switching from tight paced historical thrillers to a fable set in Yellowstone National Park in the years following the American Civil War.
And the main characters are not humans - but wolves. Sheerin says he was inspired to write the book after watching a documentary on TV about the majestical creatures.
He then decided to read up more on wolves and it was from there that the idea of telling a story from their point of view became clearer in his mind.
Explaining the plot of the book, Chris said: “Soon after, the Civil War the U.S. army is commissioned to oversee Yellowstone Park in a bid to protect the wildlife which thrives within its bounds from trappers, miners and hunters.
“But some beasts will always be considered more valuable than others, and some men will do anything to acquire wealth.
“Within days, two rogue cavalry officers furtively enter the park and steal a she-wolf from her den. Little do those men realise, however, that the she-wolf is also highly valued by her pack, and that they too will do anything to retrieve her.
“Three Wolves is a fable, told not through the eyes of men, but wolves, as they engage on a very dangerous quest to return the she-wolf to her den in the Unnamed Valley.
“It is a tale of hope and courage, of omens, dreams and superstitions, and one in which you might at last be persuaded to believe that wolves know more about nature and the earth than men.”
Three Wolves is the long awaited follow up to Sheerin’s previous books Chasing Shadows and Days of Rains. He said he currently devotes between four and five hours a day to his writing - and that he has been building a strong fan base.
“I’ve been very lucky to get great feedback from my previous books and that keeps me going.
“This is something a little different, but I’m still doing what I love. I can’t imagine not writing. It is my passion and what I want to do.”
Three Wolves is out now and available from Amazon, and is also available as an E-book.
The cover photography for the book is courtesy of Derry photographer Joanne Lusby and you can see more of her work at joannelusbyphotgraphy.com.