Fairy Tale Confessions Author M. Clarke (Mary Ting) Interview

There are 14 authors who wrote the stories of the Fairy Tale Confessions collection.  This post will focus on M. Clarke, author of Jaclyn and the Beanstalk. 

 Mary Ting -M ClarkeInternational Bestselling, award winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

 Mary, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us…

Q: Which set of your stories do you feel created a desire in you to participate in this twisted fairy tales anthology?

I love fairy tales. They were my favorite stories growing up. I could hear them over and over again. So, when I was asked to be part of this amazing set, I was excited. As for which set of my stories created a desire in me to participate, I would have to say my NA books called Something Great series, and my YA paranormal books. I’ve included NA characters with paranormal abilities.

Q: Did you find it difficult to ‘twist’ a well-known fairy tale?

The second I was asked, I knew what the twist was going to be. It was as if a story was already in my head waiting to be released.

Q: You write many contemporary books about trust issues and the struggles to keep a relationship intact. Do you find yourself drawn to that genre, or do you prefer paranormal books written for younger readers?

I write NA books under M. Clarke, but I also write paranormal books written for YA readers, Crossroads Saga, and From Gods series. I love paranormal books. I write both genres, and I switch back and forth.

Q: Is there a character from one of your stories that has surprised you in some way?

It would have to be the protagonist, Jaclyn. I wanted her to be independent, brave, and strong. She goes under a lot of stress… LOL

Q: Where (or when) do you get the most story inspirations?

I write any chance I get, but the inspiration flows when I’m talking a shower, cooking, driving, and simply listening to music.

Q: What are you working on currently?

I’m working on a spin-off to Something Great series. There are five books total in Something Great series, but the spin-off, The Knight Fashion Magazine Models-Nathan Cross will be the first model. Each model will have their own stories.

Q: Do you see yourself participating in more anthologies?

I have done a couple in the past. I enjoy collaboration with other authors. And yes, I sure will.

Q: What does your writing process look like?

I write from beginning to end. Maybe it’s the teacher in me. I write any chance I get, sometimes when I’m cooking or brushing my teeth.

Q: How important are the character names you choose? How do you choose them?

Names are very important to me. I search for names on goggle and see which names calls to me. Sometimes, I ask my friends. I either say yes or no thank you…hehe

Q: What are your 10 favorite books and why?

  1. All Fairy tale books—Love love love. Love the imaginations that flows out of these books.
  2. Twilight—It got me hooked on books again.
  3. City of Bones—I love angel books. I even wrote a saga called Crossroads based on my dreams from high school.
  4. Any of Judy Blume books—They remind me of my childhood.
  5. Flowers in the Attic books –They remind me of my childhood.
  6. Gone with the Wind—My first book boyfriend, Rhett. I wrote a book and named the guy after him. The YA book will be publish in 2016.
  7. The Davinci Code—It was the first book that kept me up all night reading besides Twilight.
  8. Something Borrowed—First contemporary book I read after a long stretch of no reading…LOL
  9. All Children’s book—I used to be a kindergarten teacher for almost 20 years. Currently retired to be fulltime author. Love reading to the children and watch their eyes grow when I pretend to be the characters.
  10. Bible stories—Able and Cain, Moses, Daniel in the Lion’s den and much more. I love old teaching stories.


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