Sunday, December 9, 2018

Mary Ting Author Interview


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Mary Ting is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.

        



File Size: 2830 KB
Print Length: 214 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (September 3, 2018)
Publication Date: September 3, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07GL97KM5

Praise for JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK

A mash-up of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Lord of the Rings" ... RECOMMENDED ―School Library Journal

"Keenly descriptive and eloquently written with touches of sixteenth-century language, the story takes the reader into the world of monsters controlled by a diabolical villain, and into a land of mystery and magic beans." ―Readers' Favorite Review

"Mary Ting managed to surprise me at every turn, even though I must have read this story a million times as a kid. The most impressive surprise was the creation of a girl protagonist who is so much better than the original Jack. Then she brings in the boy, Jack, as the love interest. Sheer genius and a great idea. The writing is great. The plot is good, and the various themes woven throughout the story make it a very compelling tale." ―Readers' Favorite Review

Mary Ting writes with an adventurous heart, a clever pen, introducing young readers to a classic that meets fantasy, shedding light on the family devotion and a love story that buds to completion by the end. This short novel comes as a highly recommended read for parents and young adults that prefer fantasy fiction with a Christian-based theme and a creative perspective. Mary Ting is one of those writers to notice and watch. ―Kingdom's Review
  


What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I never wanted to be an author. The thought had never crossed my mind. I had taught kindergarten for almost 16 years when I decided to write my first book, Crossroads. It’s based on dreams I had in high school. Writing was a way for me to heal the loss of my grandmother. After a few years later, I retired from teaching and became a full-time author. Since then, I’ve written over 30 books.

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill? 
I couldn’t stop writing my first book. Though I was juggling my family, being a PTA mom, and my career, I always found time to write. Receiving emails from readers, asking me when book 2 would be released, gave me the drive to continue.

Can you tell us when you started JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK, how that came about?
It all started with my agent, Italia Gandolfo. She saw a teaser I’d made for an anthology I’d written with a group of authors regarding twisted fairy tales. My story was Jaclyn and the Beanstalk. My agent loved the teaser and inspired me to write a full novel.

For those who are unfamiliar with Jaclyn, how would you introduce her?
Jaclyn’s story is set in 16th century. Her father trained her well because her faith was not like any other. Her parents secluded themselves from neighbors to keep her safe. So I would say, Jaclyn has a beautiful, curious heart. She knows how to wield a sword. She’s brave and will do anything to save her family.

What part of Jack did you enjoy writing the most?
I enjoyed how protective Jack was, but he also didn’t treat Jaclyn like a helpless woman. He encouraged her and helped her instead of demanding she stayed home.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
Live your life to the fullest. No regrets. 

What book would you recommend for others to read? 
Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis. I recently read this YA thriller novel and it was amazing. It took me a down a dark road of murder lust revenge. It’s a cautionary tale for young girls to look out for the wrong kind of guys. It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Gareth Worthington and Stu Jones. 7th Grade Revolution and The Journal of Angela Ashby by Liana Gardner.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing my publisher is. They go above and beyond. My novels have been advertised on billboards in Los Angeles, Publishers Weekly, and so much more. I also signed at Book Expo, which has been a dream of mine. AND ISAN-International Sensory Assassin Network, my other YA book is soon to be a major motion picture.

What were you doing at midnight last night?
Working on ISAN, book 3. 

If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go?
I would go back to high school and read more books. 

What is the first book that made you cry? 
Gone with the Wind. 

TEN REASONS TO READ JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK

  • 1. Optioned by Boilermarker Entertainment
  • 2. Jaclyn-protagonist-brave girl
  • 3. Romance with Jack
  • 4. Beans, beanstalks, and treasures.
  • 5. Action packed
  • 6. Mysterious old witch who gave Jaclyn the beans will reappear throughout my other fairy tale stories to come.
  • 7. Monsters-biblical twist
  • 8. Learning lesson about love and forgiveness
  • 9. 16th Century
  • 10. Gender twist
JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK BY MARY TING - EXCERPT

I sat up, this time not caring if men saw me. My teeth chattered, and the rain kept falling, and my vision stayed unclear except for the bobbing lights of the lanterns. I could no longer tell where Father stood as I peered into the night, until the sheep bleated louder.

The roar of the monsters whirled in the air—one deafening snarl after the other—and loud thumps steadily approaching shook the earth. 

Boom! Boom! Boom! 

From the sound of them, there were at least three. Maybe more.

Their rage rumbled the earth like a lion’s growl, but a hundred times worse. I wanted to see what they looked like, but the rain and the darkness made it impossible. I had to wipe water off my face every second to better my vision.

When the lanterns moved closer to the sheep, I stiffened. And not too far from them shone six glowing circles—radiant like the sun—high above the ground. My gut told me they were the monsters’ eyes, burning like Hell’s fire.

God help us.

“What are you waiting for?” Aldwin shouted. “Kill the beasts.”

“No, Aldwin,” Father said.

“We can’t fight giants, Richard.”

“May God have mercy.”

The angered monsters’ cries reverberated within the forest, loud enough to be heard for miles. When lightning struck again, shock slammed into me and my breath hitched, for I got a glimpse of the monsters towering over the men.

Their elongated arms possessed claws the size and shape of swords. To my horror, the beasts looked like the creatures in my vision when I’d touched the lance.

They are real … real … real. Taller than life. Claws like a beast. Teeth as sharp as knives. Phantom demons incarnate.

“Run,” William shouted, and then human screams followed.


What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.
 

   
Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.

Jaclyn and Jack will have to work together to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.

You can purchase Jaclyn and the Beanstalk at the following Retailers:
  

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you MARY TING for making this giveaway possible.
Winner will receive a $25 Dollar PayPal/Amazon Gift Card.
Winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card. 
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