Today author Mary Ting stopped by to talk about books that influenced her, some of her writing process, and how the ISAN series came about. Super interesting stuff! She's releasing Genes, book 3 in her ISAN series, a YA dystopian series.
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Genes by Mary Ting
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: June 30th 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Allegiances will be tested.
Identities will be revealed.
No one is safe.
While searching for the HelixB88 anti-serum on the black market, Ava uncovers valuable intel that may help the rebels in their fight to bring down ISAN—the location of a hidden facility. But first, the insurgents must find the female citizens unexpectedly displaying powers without use of the Helix serum before ISAN captures them.
As the rebels join forces with other sectors, ISAN plans their destruction by using someone they don’t suspect at the rebel home base. A traitor within.
Now, Ava must make a dangerous decision, one that could risk their capture—or worse.
Interview with Mary Ting
What are five sci-fi books or movies that have influenced you?
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Legend by Marie Lu
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Are you a plotter or a pantser? Why? (plotters plan novels in advance, pantsers discover the plot while writing)
Most pantser. I have an idea of begging, middle, and end, and some of the characters, but I like to see where my imagination takes me with each chapter.
- Why do you write science-fiction and fantasy ?
I love this genre. There is so much room for story development and possibilities.
- How did the idea for the ISAN series come about?
I like to challenge myself. Writing about the future is something I hadn’t done. If I could, I want to live during the time when there are flying cars and with high-tech far beyond what we have currently. I also wanted to write a story about kick-butt girl assassins. What almost destroyed the world, also gave women super powers.
- Who's your favorite character in the ISAN series and why?
I have to say all of them. Though the main protagonists are Ava and Rhett, the readers have told me that they love every single character. They’re all unique in their special way. And in book 3, GENES, the story is told from multiply points of view. All the characters are important.
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: science fiction, fantasy, and swoon worthy stories. Her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.
Mary was born in Seoul Korea and resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two dogs—Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Becoming an author was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, she retired from teaching after twenty years.
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