Deep in a redwood forest in Northern California, a boy and his father sat at a picnic table and created an epic fantasy world. The ancient trees bore witness to the summoning of the Wycaan Masters.
Alon Shalev is the author of social justice-themed novels, A Gardener's Tale, The Accidental Activist, and Unwanted Heroes. He is the lead writer of the political blog, leftcoastvoices.com, and never expected to delve into the world of fantasy.
In 2010, while on a family camping trip in the Northern California redwoods, his then 11-year-old son, who devours YA fantasy, objected to his father opening his laptop and writing.
A compromise was reached and both were soon deeply engrossed in what became the first of three epic novels (so far) - At The Walls Of Galbrieth.
Alon Shalev lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two sons. As a fantasy writer, he blogs at elfwriter.com and tweets @elfwriter.
OTHER PUBLISHED WORKS
Wishing to express his desire for social change, Shalev has written a number of social justice-themed novels (see below).
Alon Shalev is the proud author of A Gardener's Tale, a story of healing of family, land and community, along with a look at the Pagan religion and its time-honored impact upon rural communities.
The Accidental Activist is a fictional account of the astonishing 'McLibel' trial that captivated Britain in the 1990's, a David .v. Goliath court case that highlights the treachery and ruthlessness of the multinational corporations and how the advent of the Internet can curb them, when a few individuals refuse to back down. It is a defense of Freedom of Speech and the acknowledgment of the Internet as a tool for social change.
Unwanted Heroes brings together an old, battle-scarred Chinese American war vet and an idealistic and pretentious young Englishmen, who share a love for San Francisco, coffee and wine. They soon discover they share even more when repressed memories bring them together in a gripping climax finding in each other an unlikely ally to set themselves free from the tragic past that binds them both.