Shep Loyalty Beyond All Bounds

Overview

Shep is about a stray shepherds dog who meets with a man without hope. After they meet John's bad luck takes a complete turn. He learns all about herding sheep. He falls in love and builds a house. Just when it's complete, tragedy strikes. It's based on a true historical event.
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Overview

Shep is about a stray shepherds dog who meets with a man without hope. After they meet John's bad luck takes a complete turn. He learns all about herding sheep. He falls in love and builds a house. Just when it's complete, tragedy strikes. It's based on a true historical event.
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Editorial Reviews

BookPleasures.com
A truly wonderful tale, told in a unique style with fitting descriptions. I loved almost every part of this book but to be honest I wasn't keen on some of the characters other than John and Shep. But thankfully Shep brings life to this story that is inspired from a true event. Coming from the country where these dogs come from, I could completely relate to this story. I just felt so angry at the character Martin and his sickening way he could treat such a beautiful, wonderful and intelligent dog such as Shep. The ending is also one that stirred emotion in me and is sure to make anyone cry. I honestly couldn't have written a better ending myself and felt it fitted so well. It is also very interesting to read the short piece on the historical event that is behind this tale, but I shall not give that part away. All in all this is a great story for dog lovers everywhere.
—Jessica Roberts
MidwestBookReview
Shep is the story of a sheep dog who comes across a desperate man. Shep and his new master, John, become inseparable and work at a ranch. John falls in love but his life suddenly changes. Brave Shep shows his devotion to the man who loved him in the only way a dog can. This story is inspired by a true event in that area.
The story is simple to read and follow. There are no complex sentences, nor literary devices. The author keeps his writing to the very basics, and this simplicity of the novel indicates that the writer has been familiar with screen writing. The story flows smoothly from one chapter to the other so it is easy to follow the characters' actions and 'see' their feelings. The novel reads like a play, and that is exactly what the author wants to achieve. His aim is to create a screen play based on this story. The reader can 'hear' the sound of it. It is quite fast paced and involves a lot of action. It also involves Christian aspects. It is a story that is easy to read and entertaining as well. It has got some adventure and romance and some moving scenes that reflect reality in our daily life. It caters to all ages, and the audience it is addressed to is quite wide and not limited to Christian readership. Loyalty is a value that fits in all religions. Shep is undoubtedly a good story that will make an excellent screen play!
—Liana Metal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603830126
  • Publisher: Holy Fire Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/25/2007
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 0.46 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 5.00 (d)

Interviews & Essays

Lia Metal Interview with Kevin Davis, the author of Shep: 'Loyalty Beyond All Bounds'

Tell us about yourself first.

I live in Iowa City, Iowa. I've done a lot of traveling, hitchhiking and I studied in China. It helps to get different perspectives.

When did you start writing?

I started writing in 2003, after I won a Pet Star program on Animal Planet. My Breeder Donald Marshall, in whom I dedicated the book to told me that he knew someone in Hollywood and that he could send him my material if I would like. So I did and got a call a few months later. "Hi, I'm David Brokaw" of the "The Brokaw Company" his father is Norman Brokaw who was the CEO for William Morris. Donald didn't even tell me who he was. David said, "You don't need an agent, you're a producer, you know this stuff!" . He had me read 'Story,' by Robert McKee, in which I highly recommend. McKee says that people in the business can tell if someone can write, they just don't have the time to develop it. I was told by Donald's wife Bev, that David was to busy to get his third dog from them. He spent his valuable time with me, so I guess he thought it was worth it. In the back of my mind I always knew that I could write. I was fortunate to have someone validate it.

What genres have you written?

I've written drama, spiritual and a biography. My work with hospice has influenced what I write about.

Is (Shep: 'Loyalty Beyond All Bounds') your first book?

Shep's my first book. I have it written out as a trilogy. I've been writing screenplay's and I was getting real good reaction from people who would read it. So I put it into abook.

Tell us about your book. What is it about?

Shep's about a stray shepherds dog who meets with a man without hope. After they meet John's bad luck takes a complete turn. He learns all about herding sheep, falls in love and builds a house. Just when his life is complete, tragedy strikes.

It's a story of God's love and forgiveness. This saga weaves in a family of Irish Immigrants, the Fitzpatrick's and their culture of working sheep. It takes place before the Taylor Act, where there was a free range war going on between the cowboys and the sheepherders.

It has the classic idea of pulling for the literal underdog who's on the right side defeating the over dog who's on the wrong side which is a strong American mythology. This is the type of story where true legends are made.

It's a tearjerker, with a redemptive ending that reaffirms one's belief. The classic Irish account, where life's tragic struggle brings meaning. Shep's a tale that will hold the test of time, because of it's universal themes of good triumphing over evil.

What inspired you to write this book?

My Border Collie Kena, she's been an amazing animal. When she did the T.V. show, Mario Lopez compared her soccer talent to David Beckham. She's fifteen now. I've been fortunate to have such a fine companion.

How long did it take you to write it?

I started writing it in 2003. It's a continual process writing, getting the material tight.

Who is the publisher of your book?

Holy Fire Publishing.

Where is it on sale?

Just got a letter from Barnes and Noble, they bought some to put on the shelves. Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.com and Borders.com. Hopefully Borders will put be putting it on the shelves.

Tell us about your other books/work.

Right now I'm busy writing Shep back into a screenplay, the director of Paramount Pictures' Literary Affairs department read the book She compared it to Lassie, Old Yeller and The Incredible Long Journey Home. I want to finish it before the Writers Guild strike.

What are the major challenges that you have faced in your career?

The biggest challenge is getting your work read by the right people. People are usually too busy to read someone who's new. You have to have something strong enough to get their attention.

Has the Internet helped you in your writing career?

Greatly.

How?

The internet is so easy to use while working on the book. Sending it to the publisher and working with the material.

It's also great for the promotion your work. Sending out News Releases, so editors can see what you have and if they're interested in reviewing the material. I have a few more book reviews, that I'm waiting for. A couple that will provide exposure to millions of people. I've had a few post my book on web sites and blogs. One on the front page of Canada Free Press.com, a real large website. Great exposure for a first time author.

What do you advise new writers to do?

Write, write and write more. The more I go through my material, the more it speaks to me. What I love about writing, it's like diving into the ocean. You go deeper and deeper into the story and the layers expose themselves to you. I love getting lost in it. Write about what your passionate about. Know the ending! It's much easier to frame out story.

All the books I've read on writing, they say it's a gift. To me it seems like something that comes natural to me. When I write the first draft, which is mostly subconscious dribble. I love it, it just flows out like a stream of consciousness. It's usually in no shape to share with anyone. But it makes sense to me.

I think to run or work out hard, balances out all the head stuff writing produces. Learn how to take criticism, if it's from someone that knows what they're doing. If it doesn't fit, reject it. You know your work better than anyone else. You can tell by the response that you get from people that read it. How it's touched people. I had a 99 year old woman, Margaret tell me that she stayed up past midnight to finish Shep. It makes me happy to know that my work can grab someone like that. If it's good, get it produced so that the world can see it. It may take years, but it will be worth it.
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