Book Nerd Interview
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing Crossroads was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. It was inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl.
Author's Blog. www.marytingbooks.blogspot.com/
Thank you for having me here today. I’m so excited to be here and to answer fun questions.
I want to thank Jean for all her support and for her friendship.
What was your first introduction to YA literature, the one that made you choose that genre to write?
I was at Costco one day. I decided to pick up a book to read during the summer. It had been a while since I picked up a book. Little did I know that I would be so hooked. I told all my friends to read it. Twilight was my first YA literature, the reason I love this genre.
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I am a founding member of Kappa Zeta Phi Asian Sorority at University Irvine. I enjoy oil painting and making jewelries. My friends and I created a website www.inspiredbytwilight.com Hmmm… you said one…oops!!!
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I started writing Crossroads about 3 years ago when my grandmother passed away. It helped me heal the loss of her. At what age? About 3 years younger…hehe!!!
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
It was such a long time ago that I don’t remember much, but I wished I would have read a lot more books growing up.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
3 words....determine, creative, not afraid to try new things
Did you learn anything from writing Between and what was it?
Writing Between was so much fun. Since it was the second time around, I wasn’t afraid. I wanted it to be bigger and better than Crossroads. Because of my determination, I feel that I’ve grown as an author.
What was your inspiration for the series?
My inspiration for Crossroads was my grandmother and the two dreams I had in high school. Between’s inspiration was from my fans. Their support and the love for my characters have given me the courage and energy to make it better.
Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most over the course of writing Crossroads?
I would have to say Claudia. In many ways her character is like me. In Between, her character grows. She is more stubborn, not afraid to speak up and comes to terms with her destiny.
What part of Michael did you enjoy writing the most?
For Michael, I enjoyed making him the protector. Also, his struggles, how he loves Claudia so much he would do anything for her.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I honestly can’t choose one. Going through the process of writing a whole novel has given me a new found respect for all authors. I learn so much just from reading any books so I would have to say all authors are my mentors.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
Hmmm…this is a hard question because I try to be honest. I guess it would have to be when I get asked how old I am. I don’t really lie, I just go around it…lol!!!
Who was your first boyfriend?
My first boyfriend’s name was Richard, but funny thing is….my husband’s name is Richard…lol!!! Not the same guy.
What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
I sold lifecycles over the phone. It was an easy job, making phone calls…right? So wrong!!! People yelled at me over the phone. Hey…I’m just trying to financially support myself through college. Give me a break…lol!!!
Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
My husband. He is my Michael, my guardian angel…hehe!
When was the last time you cried?
Last night. Seriously!!! Sometimes I get these strange dreams and stuff happens. Some I remember and some I don’t. But one thing for sure, I actually wake up crying with real tears.
Where can readers stalk you?
Crossroads book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEIfaQdh_nk
Between book trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01dbTNLcYzA&feature=youtu.be
As the alkins head back to Crossroads, Claudia leads her normal life; but not for long. Having a special soul, Claudia attracts danger, and she soon finds out who Gamma asked to watch over her. The Twelve, known as Divine Elders on Earth, are very much involved when they find out that Aliah, one of the God's first angels, escaped from the Abyss when the gates were opened by Aden. Needing Claudia's soul to escape the only place Aliah can reside-a place between Heaven and Earth-he sends his demons in search of all Claudia Emersons on Earth. Taking her soul will enable him to be released from Between and cross over to Crossroads, which would give him immense power. As more secrets are revealed Claudia learns about the venators-nephilim, demon hunters. Now two opposing forces must work together in order to save Claudia and humanity from the most dangerous angel ever created. But along the way, trust becomes a big issue. Will love be enough to keep Claudia and Michael together? Who will make the ultimate sacrifice? Who will betray them all?
Mary Ting brings her Crossroad Saga to new levels in the continuation of Claudia and Michael’s story in Between. The story gets intense and things get complicated for Claudia when situations raises that tests her love and her relationship with Michael. Readers are introduced to new characters and a new evil force that wants Claudia’s holy spirit.
The relationship between Claudia and Michael is put to the test when a love triangle commences when Venator Austin is introduced. Readers will see how much Claudia has grown as she and Michael must learn how to trust each other. Her heart belongs to Michael but she is faced with some tough choices to make. Even with her uncertainty at times, she held herself strong and eventually proves that she is able to handle more than she’s given credit for.
Mary blends a collection of conflicts, humor, sadness, suspense, heartbreak, and death all in one book. Her writing style easily converts the words into a looking window into this remarkable world full of magic and mystery. It is simply a good story win an amazing plot. Mary’s writing style is so descriptive that readers will automatically feel like one of the characters living in this wonderful world.
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