Tammy Farrell was only seven years old when she purchased her first Edgar Allan Poe collection at the school book fair. It may have been an odd choice for a seven-year-old, but that book would launch a lifelong love of writing, history, and everything dark and mysterious.
If her hatred of dirt hadn’t gotten in the way, Tammy might have followed her childhood dream of becoming an archaeologist, digging in the sands of Egypt, or mapping the undiscovered wonders of Europe. But as she grew up, she learned that writing was a form of discovery all its own.
Enchanted by her beloved Poe, and the writings of author, Anne Rice, Tammy found herself writing anything that would take her to a world unlike our own. Her debut fantasy novel, The Darkness of Light, is the first installment of The Dia Chronicles, which delves into the Dark Ages and the re-imagined mythology of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
Originally from Canada, Tammy lives with her husband, three dogs, and her cat, Mr. Edgar Allan Poe, in Greenville, South Carolina. When she isn’t busy writing, she teaches pre-GED English, studies history, and attempts to learn French.
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.