The Darkness and the Light by Tammy Farrell

Tammy Farrell grew up in Orangeville, Ontario Canada where she discovered her love of writing, and all things related to Edgar Allan Poe. She now lives with her husband and four fur babies in Greenville, South Carolina, where she teaches pre-GED English and attempts to learn French when she isn’t busy writing.

The world has long forgotten them, but their descendants live on, not wholly mortal or god, but something in between…

At the dawn of the sixth century, in the aftermath of her mother’s brutal execution, Mara Black is forced to flee the only life she has ever known.

Mara can tell she’s different, but isn't sure why. After she encounters two mysterious strangers, she discovers her secret is but a drop in an ocean of many. She is a Dia, a descendant of ancient gods, and her mother sacrificed herself to protect Mara from their past.

Summoned by an uncle she didn't know existed, Mara thinks she’s found the family she’s always wanted, and Corbin, a love she never thought possible. But not everything is as it seems. Her uncle has other motives for protecting her, and her mentor, Malcolm, becomes so jealous, he’ll do anything to get what he wants.

When tragedy strikes, and the true darkness among them comes to light, Mara discovers that sometimes love can give you everything, and obsession can take it all away. With her powers gone, and destiny calling, she has to look deep within to find the courage to save herself. Mara, along with Corbin and her newfound family, must fight to get back what was taken, or die trying.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I developed my main characters and the dynamic between them long before I really knew their stories. I wrote many versions of this story, but after doing a lot of study on mythology, I decided to make them the descendants of the Tuatha Dé Danann. I loved the story of those half-man/half-god type of beings.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The most recent version took me 2 months to write the first draft and then another 3-ish months to complete revisions and re-writes. I did take some time away from it in order to get some perspective on the story. I think that’s really important when writing a novel.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I really love doing the research. I write historical fantasy, so I have to do a lot of studying in order to get as many accurate historical details in as possible.

I also really love revising. I see a lot of writers get stressed out and frustrated with revisions. I definitely understand that, but I get excited knowing I have a story to work with. Even if I have to rewrite it 3 more times, at least I know where the story is going. It’s a very exciting part of the process for me.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
My least favorite part would be the marketing. It’s a full time job in itself. I’m very active on twitter and I blog a lot. While I enjoy doing those things and I’ve met so many wonderful people along the way, I sometimes feel anchored to it. If I don’t tweet for a while or if I don’t update my blog, I feel like people will forget about me.

Trying to navigate the marketing aspect of being an author is tough. There are so many options to choose from and it’s important to find a balance between promoting your book and being a spammer. I could do without all that. I wish I could just write.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d want to be Angelina Jolie just so I could make out with Brad Pitt for a can dream…

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Well it certainly isn’t the beer. ;). Right now the oldest thing in my fridge is some hummus that expires in 2 days. I don’t think I’m going to chance it by eating it.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Right now I’m working on the sequel to The Darkness of Light. It’s the second book in The Dia Chronicles. I don’t have a set title just yet, but the story will continue with the same characters, only this time the story will focus on Malcolm (the antagonist in the first book), and his journey. It’s a bit darker than the first novel, but there’s still a lot of action and suspense. It should be out mid 2014.

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