Thursday, September 12, 2019

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: Helix (International Sensory Assassin Network #2) by Mary Ting

Book info:
Title:  Helix
Author: Mary Ting
SeriesInternational Sensory Assassin Network #2
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: September 10th, 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Alliances are forming. The resistance is growing. Everything is about to change.
With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.
But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.
The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels—if she isn’t killed first.

Author Interview:

1.   Do you edit as you go, or wait till you're finished before you edit?  How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over? 

I get all my thoughts down first. Then I do the edits myself … revise description words and make sure I’m not repeating words too close together. My manuscript has to be in top shape before I send it to my editor.   

2.   Are you part of a writer’s group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?

No, I don’t belong to a group, but I do have author friends I reach out to if I have writer’s block, or if I need to brain storm a story idea.

3.   How important are names in your books?  Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds, or the meaning?  Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend? 

I chose names based on their meaning especially for the main characters and sometimes I pick names depending how they sound. I don’t’ repeat names I have on my other books. I also don’t use a name that makes me picture my friend’s face. LOL.

4.   Do you always know how the story will end when you start?

I usually have a beginning, middle and an end, but sometimes they change as the story progresses.

5.   Where is your ideal place to write?  Do you have an office, or do you like to go sit in a coffee shop/library, etc.?

I have a space in my family room. I like to write there when everyone is out of the house. It’s near the window and I can hear the small waterfall from my pool. I also like to write when it’s quiet, so late at night in my bed is a good place for me as well.

6.  Some fun questions:
Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin? I took a test and it said … Gryffindor
Captain Kirk or Captain Picard? Captain Kirk
DC or Marvel?  I love Superman and Wonder Woman, but I’m a huge marvel fan.

Physical book, ebook, or audiobook? Audiobooks because I can listen to it while I’m cooking, doing house chores, and especially when l’m driving.

Author Bio:
International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and 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.