ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network #1)
By: Mary Ting
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
The world has changed.
Scientists warned it would happen.
Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.
Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.
While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.
1) What is on your desk or where you write? What do you need to write? Do you have a writer’s survival kit?
My husband bought me a desk, but I don’t like to be stuck in one place. Sometimes I write in my daughter’s room on the floor just to be near her. Mostly of the time I write on my sofa when everyone is at work or at school so I can be with my dogs. Mochi and Mocha. My survival kit has been junk food. LOL.
2) What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster? Which do you prefer: drafting or revising?
I don’t outline like some authors do, so I guess you can say I go with it. I have a general idea of the story, the beginning, the main characters, and then I tie it all at the end of the first draft.
3) What is your number one writing tip?
Don’t plan too far ahead. Your characters might change their minds. Let the story unfold, don’t force it.
4) Describe you book in 5 words or less.
ISAN – Powerful women. Romance. Lots of Actions.
5) Science fiction is a departure from your other series, which are rooted in the fantasy genre: what was your inspiration for writing ISAN and for venturing into sci-fi?
I love to imagine what the world would be like in the future. I wish I could live in a time where there are flying cars. For that reason, I created a world I thought our future might look like. I also used to teach Kindergarten, something you might not know about me. I’d taught for almost 20 years. Anyway, I had taught sensory for science. A thought occurred that drove me to write ISAN. Wouldn’t it be cool if what destroyed us also gave us a gift. What if the meteor gave us the power of supernatural powers? And that is how ISAN began.
6) Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble?
I love Rhett. His devotion and love for Ava is special. It broke my heart every time I wrote about him. Surprising, my main character, Ava, was the hardest to write. I wanted her to be a strong female character, yet vulnerable and likable.
7) If you could ask a character of your choice from ISAN one question what would it be?
Mr. Novak. What are your motives for ISAN? What is your real agenda?
8) What scene from the book are you most proud of (because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc)?
First, I can’t believe I wrote this book, but I have to say … there is a chapter when she assassinates a political figure and things doesn’t goes as plan. Writing action scenes are the hardest because I don’t want to drag it out and yet I want the readers to see and feel everything the characters are going through.
9) What are the top five things we should know as a reader before starting ISAN (about the main character, their love interest, the antagonist, their world/home town, their situation, etc)
World has changed. Meteors devastated US. There are four remnant council members representing—North, South. East. West. HelixB77 is a serum used on the assassins to heighten their senses.
10) What is next for you? What are your currently working on?
Jaclyn And The Beanstalk is coming out 9/4/2018 with the same publisher, Vesuvius Books. I can’t wait for you to read this one. It’s a darker tale of Jack And The Beanstalk with many twists. Just reading this quote gives me chills … What fate lies for a girl who hears monsters at night. And I’m working on ISAN, book 2. I’m done with the first draft. I have big plans. The story is also told from Rhett’s and Ava’s point of view and the world opens up even more.
International Bestselling 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.
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