Born in Ontario, Canada in 1977, Daryl J Ball has spent many of his years with one feline pal or another. He developed a love for reading at a young age especially in regards to Science Fiction and Fantasy.
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Ball's Debut Novel is The Tannis Project
Being a nearly 200-year-old vampire comes with a lot of experience...and a lot of baggage.
In his weekly blog, Tannis reflects on the experiences and people that have shaped his life, as well as his budding romance with single mother, Kayla. Adaptation ensures survival but offers little insight on falling in love with a human. Kayla accepts him and his struggles, but can he do the same? Her teenage son, Tie, is a challenge all on his own. He may not be ready for a new father, especially one who's a vampire.
For the first time in his life, Tannis struggles to adapt. Do the rewards outweigh the risks? Having his own family seems like a dream come true, but dreams can just as easily become nightmares.
Here's a look inside the book:
When I was born, my parents gave me the fascinating name of Ignace. I say fascinating because of its’ meaning which is that it suggests I am innocent. There is nothing wrong with the name and I used it proudly for many years. I made the mistake not long ago of revealing that name to Kayla, and she on occasion uses it when she is trying to be sweet and loving, as she feels it should register on a different level with me when I hear it; one of loving familiarity. The truth is, it’s a name that is a part of my past and if it makes Kayla feel good to know it and use it in private when talking to me than that is fine. It is not the name I go by these days nor have I gone by it in quite some time.
How long, maybe you wonder? Even after I was turned in Algeria I clung to that name—the last truly mortal part of my life, a reminder of what I had been, and so an anchor to the world I could never really be part of any longer, the family I could never really properly connect with again.
The Tannis Project is available on Amazon at http://lrd.to/tannis-project
It's time for the fun part ~ Q & A.
Question: What genre would you say the book falls into?
Answer: Modern Fantasy/Paranormal/Vampire
Question: Are there any trigger warnings and/or explicit content readers should know about?
Answer: My characters are not nice people, they regularly engage in destructive behaviour both to themselves and others, bear this in mind
Question: What is your favourite Quote?
Answer: It’s from a comic book I read back in the 1990’s, I no longer have it so can’t provide the exact wording but I recall it as “Beware self-doubt, for that way lie dragons”
Question: What advice do you have for new writers?
Answer: Write, keep writing, and find a group of other writers you can turn to with questions.
Question: Where do you write?
Answer: Primarily at home or in a coffee shop.
Question: Are your characters real to you? Do you speak to them?
Answer: My characters are real to me in the sense that I can either imagine a conversation with them to find out how they’d handle a situation or I can go inhabit their head-space as it were and become them long enough to decide how they’d handle a situation. It’s a lot like in role-playing games.
Question: What piece of advice from other authors do you hear the most but choose to ignore?
Answer: Stop worrying about everything.
Question: Which do you prefer Novels or Novellas and why?
Answer: Novels are a definite preference simply because they allow more time to let my self get lost in and get to know the world they take place in, as well as more time for supporting characters to breathe and have their own arcs.
Question: Are there any Easter eggs in your book(s)?
Answer: I tend to make subtle references to other works I’ve written, whether they’re already published or are planned to be. If readers catch them it can be revealing.
Question: What's your favourite food? Have you ever mentioned it in your book(s)?
Answer: Homemade meatloaf. It has never appeared in any thing I’ve written including works that are still in their first draft.
Question: Do you have a writing Motto?
Answer: Try different approaches and be unique.
Question: If you could change the date to any year past or future, what date would you change it to and why?
Answer: Early June, 1995. Things went so very badly for family bonds after that, it’d be good to have a chance to do a soft reset in the hopes that mistakes could be avoided and lead to a better outcome.
Thank you for your time!
I'll be checking out The Tannis Project in the coming weeks. Watch for a review coming to a blog near you!