Q&A: Daryl J. Ball

I love it when a new author is born and I can help others discover them! Today, I’m chatting with Daryl J. Ball about his debut novel The Tannis Project which was released June 22, 2017.

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.

I asked Daryl to share a bit about himself and here’s what he had to say:

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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We’ve been provided a short excerpt to share with our readers.

Let’s take 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 then 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 to delve into the Q. & A.

This my favourite part. My Questions are crafted to give a reader a clear look at how an author writes; what drives them; and what can be expected in their books.

Question: Who is your favourite character in your book and why?  

Answer: Jeremiah simply because he’s so different from the rest of them as far as personality. He seems to be the vampire who comes closest to living in the everyday world as far as his awareness of things going on around him.

Question: Please describe him/her/they a) physically b) their personality.

Answer: a) Jeremiah has spent decades being equal parts heavily involved in music and being a part of vampire activities alongside his sire, so he tends to be fairly lean yet well-muscled and has cultivated a slight rockstar-type approach to how he dresses.  That said he keeps his hair as short as he can without shaving it.
b) He’s very outgoing and of all the vampires has probably the strongest connection to his emotions which makes him very different in his outlook. Like the others, he thinks pretty highly of himself but it seems to affect his interactions with other people the least.  

Question: Could I have a couple of quotes from your book of dialogue that shows that personality?

Answer: Due to the nature of the book being written in blog entry format, there is almost no dialogue.  That said though, Jeremiah does at one point get to state to the reader his opinion of his sire, Tannis, and a few others:

“Tannis: Thinks too much, getting senile.  Destined to die at my hand.”

“Tie: Blinder than a bat wearing sunglasses when it comes to reality”

“Eamon: No clue, Irish maybe?”

“Imeda: Cad, the cadaver-maker, obsessive, vengeance-driven werewolf on steroids.”

Question: What genre would you say the book falls into?

Answer: Paranormal/Contemporary Fantasy/Vampire

Question: Are there any trigger warnings and/or explicit content readers should know about?

Answer: There are several different forms of assault that take place.  Mostly bear in mind it’s a book told through the eyes of a vampire, there’s going to be some less than pleasing stuff mentioned in passing.

Question: Do you have any upcoming events?

Answer: I’m still in the planning stages, so nothing scheduled.  Alongside several other authors though I’ll be selling at the Mill Race Folk Festival in Cambridge, Ontario the weekend of August 4-6

Question: What is next for you? Do you have anything in the works?

Answer: I’m currently working on the first round of revisions to the first book in a planned fantasy series.  It primarily involves elves, humans, the idea of family, and a need for closure.  The current plan is to release it early in 2018.

Question: Do you have any special mentions? (Editor, cover art etc…)

Answer: Lia Rees (Free Your Words), Ravyn Crescent (Nevermore Editing), and Anika Willmanns (Ravenborn Cover Designs)- they formatted, edited, and designed the cover respectively.  They took The Tannis Project and helped me bring it to life in ways I could never have initially imagined.

Question: If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? Please describe the place rather than just a name. (The weather, the time of day, the ground, the surroundings, foliage, etc.)

Answer: Anywhere? I don’t know where such a place might exist but if there’s somewhere where it’s not near the Arctic or ridiculously hot, and is free of buzzing insects (this includes flies – the buzz!) I’d like to go there.  I used to love the outdoors but I don’t spend enough time in it anymore due to either heat, buzzing insects or a combination of the two.

Question: If the character from above were in that place what would they be doing?

Answer: Jeremiah would be drinking it all in and writing songs inspired by his surroundings.  He’d likely then try to get a concert organized there.

Question: If your character was allowed one chance to say anything to your readers, what would he/she/they say?

Answer: Jeremiah would say something along the lines of “Why are you trusting anything Tannis says? He is a deplorable person! Are you aware of the horrific things he’s done??”

Question:  If your character could donate to any charity, which one would he/she choose?  

Answer: Jeremiah would donate to causes more than charities, and as far as causes go, it’d be ones that support those in the LGBT community, wherever in the world they may be.  If we were to be talking about Tannis, who is the primary character in the book, he’d support literacy and education in countries where it is most needed.

Thank you for your time. If you are looking for more information you can connect with this author online using the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDarylJBall/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DarylBallTM

Until next time, happy reading!