A Talk With Mary Ting
Author of Crossroads
1) How did you get the idea to write Crossroads?
Crossroads was inspired by a dream I had in high school-chapters one and two. I also have to thank Stephenie Meyer for inspiring me. I knew that Twilight was based on her dream so I thought why not do the same with my book.
2) I’ve read that you based many of the characters and incidents in Crossroads on real people and experiences in your own life. What was it like incorporating your personal life into the book, yet still staying true to the characters and the story? Was it hard to find a balance?
Yes, this is true. I incorporate my personal life into the book, but it wasn’t hard to find a balance. I created Claudia’s world around my experiences because these experiences happened during my senior year in high school.
3) The alkins and angels have a complex history that intertwines with the fates of the humans. Was it difficult to express on paper everything that was so clear in your head?
Yes, it was difficult because I didn’t know how the readers would feel. At times, not everything was clear in my head. It wasn’t like I could research and find something that was a part of history. I had to create a world, yet it had to be realistic.
4) Crossroads was a way to help you grieve for your grandmother. Did writing Crossroads help you channel the emotion that you were feeling after your grandmother’s death into the story?
I started writing because it was a way for me to heal the loss of my grandmother. After the story ended, I cried so much. It was like all these emotions were bottle up into this story. Then it ended and I felt lost. Though I know she is with me through memories, having her part of Crossroads is a way for me to keep her alive.
5) Not only are you an author, but you are also a full time mom and wife. Is it hard to fit writing into your already busy schedule?
Also, I am a teacher. I teach kindergarten. Yes, it is so difficult to find time to write, especially when I’m trying to promote at the same time. I try to find any spare time. I even sometimes type when I’m brushing my teeth or cooking…lol!!!
6) Is there a particular reason that you chose to write a book for young adults, rather than a story for adults?
I didn’t read many books growing up. I read a lot of pictures books to my students and my own children. One day, I decided to read a book that none of my friends heard of, a black background with two hands holding an apple…sounds familiar…lol!!! Anyway, after that, I found myself drawn to young adult novels. I read as often as I could because not only where they interesting, but books also helped me relieve the everyday stress in life.
7) Are you currently working on any other books?
I am currently working on a sequel to Crossroads.
8) Angels are a large part of Crossroads. Do you think that a place such as Crossroads and beings such as angels truly exist?
I would like to say that I hope such place does exist because I dreamt it. Though I turned back and I will never know what exist there, I can only imagine. Do I believe angels truly exist? I’m not sure, but I hope they do ☺
9) Lastly, what advice would you give to any young readers who someday wish to become recognized authors?
Get all your thoughts down before you forget. Ask friends to read your draft and get feedbacks. But most importantly, believe that you can!
-This is T.B. with Another Book Back on the Shelf...
Until Next Time, Keep Reading!