A fantasy novel that turns the genre on its head, “The Seeds” follows Trooper Angus Mayweather as he is thrust into the conflict faced by twin sisters Dartura & Varia, Generals of the Tarol Nation.
Most Tarols believe that the Seeds provide the life force to all life on Etai, but this isn’t entirely true.
When Dartura has physical contact with them, the balance of life becomes corrupted, with disastrous consequences for her, her sister and the life of the people she is sworn to protect.
As the sisters uncover a new threat from an old enemy,and the shadowy puppet master behind him, Angus must do what he can to help as the Tarol Nation faces all-out war.
Unique in its depiction of strong female lead characters, The Seeds portrays young women beyond the traditional “damsel-in-distress” and “superhero-with-a-heart” roles, providing glimpses into the dynamics of family, sibling rivalry, duty and honor.
Half as high as a gladiola stalk, Tarols live, love, fight and die in a realm that could take place in your own back yard.
And the bats.
The bats don’t like them much.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
As a graphic designer with a history of video production, the choice to make a trailer was easy. The form it was to take, however, was not an easy choice. I wrestled with the decisions, (live actors, animated, still images float, etc.), for quite a while, finally deciding that the still image float idea would best frame the book without overpowering it.
Once that decision was made, the rest was simply a matter of bringing the pieces together, finding the right music, and producing it.
By using images in a .png format, which allows for an alpha, or transparent channel, you create the opportunity for moving images over background images, giving the illusion of animation without the painstaking, time-consuming aspects of that skill.
I think trailers are a great idea for books – the difficulties are getting them seen, and sharing the stage with those produced sloppily or poorly. With a bit of forethought and planning, a quality trailer can be made with just the tools you have at hand. The more you plan, the better the final product will be.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The Seeds was a story that came about over many years. I was watching a moth one evening, fluttering about in my back yard. The thought occurred to me that a moth bigger than a bat’s mouth would have no purpose at all. That thought was followed by the idea that if moths could somehow be created to be larger, what would the implications be? Who could do it? Why would they? The story began to build from there.
I undertook the challenge of NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2011. I finished a winner, which taught me that I could, in fact, complete a long form story. From there I set out to finish and prepare The Seeds for publication.
Jeff Davis has worked with some of the finest high technology teams in the business, and has delivered to some of the world’s most recognizable companies the high quality graphics, multimedia and print materials they demand, all over the world. IBM, Cable & Wireless, Target, Carrier and many more companies have experienced the benefits of Jeff’s artistic vision and solid work ethic.
He majored in art and design throughout his education years, and continues to regard himself as a student of the history and reinvention of popular culture.
As an author, Jeff hopes to bring his unique ideas to life in this medium.
A visitor to his studio office will be treated to the sounds of Led Zeppelin, Sheryl Crow, Kate Bush and traditional Celtic music. Jeff resides an hour north of Manhattan, N.Y. with his wife and two children.