Troy Ball has been called a force of nature. She is a writer, whiskey maker, mother, television personality, national champion horse woman, and artist. There is nothing that she does that is not full of her passion and dedication. From Gold Medal winning pure heart Troy & Sons Whiskey to raising her three sons, two with special needs, Troy pours her love into every thing she does.
Pure Heart is the story of a mother of two special needs children, who moves to Asheville in the mountains of North Carolina to try to save her sons’ lives. There she meets remarkable characters, old men, and story tellers who introduce her to moonshine. Entrepreneurial in spirit, Troy embarks on a journey of a life time to bring the secret "keeper" moonshine, made from the pure heart of a distillation, to the world. Her spirit, determination and passion have seen her through unbelievable times - from the crash of the economy, to a child in a coma, to building her own distillery. This is her story.
Kirkus Review -
"The first woman ever licensed to distill hard liquor in North Carolina uncorks an emotionally charged memoir about traversing family heartache to become the 'moonshine mama' of the South. A heart-stirring life story.
Marshall Stewart Ball, Troy's first son, wrote Kiss of God between the ages of five and ten years of age. This marvelous collection of thoughts, letters and poems has inspired millions. Unable to speak, walk or care for himself, Marshall never complains, always dares us to listen and motivates us to love. This is the 20th Anniversary of Kiss of God and it includes a special introduction and forward written by Marshall's dear friends Chris Martin of Coldplay and Dr. Habib Sadeghi. There is an additional chapter including some of Marshall's new work as well. Seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and Time magazine, Marshall Ball is silently working to bring love into lives.
"Kiss of God changed my life and I'm sure it will change yours too."
- Chris Martin, Coldplay
Troy is available for speaking engagements, book signings of Pure Heart and Kiss of God, and of course whiskey tastings of her award winning spirits. Her story will inspire you from mothering special needs children, to celebrating the entreprenuerial spirit of a woman who makes whiskey. To schedule an appearance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Troy spoke at the annual AL-APSE conference in Mobile and instantly captivated all 250 attendees. Her honest and humble telling of her experience of raising two boys who have severe disabilities while also creating a distillery and award winning whiskey was nothing short of inspiring and uplifting. She has a great sense of humor as she tells you her life story. What a gift to hear!
~ Samantha Holland
Troy, Thank you so much for making the 2017 AJC Decatur Book Festival such a resounding success. Your participation and enthusiasm engaged attendees, generated thought-provoking conversations, and entertained young and old.
~ Julie Wilson at the Decatur Book Festival