Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Melanie Ting, author of The Tao of Hockey.
Hi Mel, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
So, what have you written?
All the books I’ve written are hockey romances. I’ve written a trilogy called Hockey Is My Boyfriend, a standalone book called How the Cookie Crumbles, and I’m just beginning a new series about a hockey team called the Vancouver Vice. The first book is The Tao of Hockey and it’s being released on December 26th.
Where can we buy or see them?
All my books are on Amazon and part of Kindle Unlimited.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The narrator in The Tao of Hockey is Eric Fairburn. On the surface, he has it all. He’s a talented hockey player, he has blond good looks, and comes from a supportive family. But he was in a car accident at 18 that messed up his life. When we meet him, he’s cleaned up his addictions and is making one last attempt at a pro hockey career. But he’s distracted by an elusive woman he meets in a bar.
What are you working on at the minute?
I am writing three different books—all about my new fictional hockey team. Why yes, I do have a lot of uncontrollable energy.
What genre are your books?
On the surface, all my books are hockey romances. But underneath they are about people who are trying to find themselves in the world. They are looking for satisfying work, personal fulfillment, and love.
What draws you to this genre?
I really love hockey and I enjoy writing about hockey players and issues around the sport. But I really enjoy writing about strong women characters as well—they are the counterpoints to the hockey heroes. I like the idea of couples completing each other.
How much research do you do? I do a ton of research because I’m constantly battling perfectionist tendencies. I have to stop myself from worrying that readers will care about exactly what hockey teams call their dressing rooms. For The Tao of Hockey, I had to research the American Hockey League, which is one level below the NHL. I also had to research addiction, legal issues, and car accident trauma.
The medical part was the toughest for me because I am extremely squeamish. I hate the sight of blood or injuries! My copyeditor was laughing at me because I have three different medical scenes in the book, and she knows how wimpy I am.
Where do your ideas come from?
I get book ideas everywhere I look. I read a marriage announcement about a couple who met on Match.com because they both shared a love for Syracuse University Basketball. And that gave me the inspiration for a story that I’m writing about two people who meet because they are the only ones who cheer for my lousy fictional team—the Vancouver Vice. This story will be a freebie for everyone on my mailing list.
What is your favourite motivational phrase?
I like the idea that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Especially if you’re a perfectionist like moi, it’s important just to get started on any project—a book, a painting, learning something new—whatever you desire to do. Your circumstances will never be perfect, so do the best you can. And the other important thing is to finish your projects because there is an enormous satisfaction in a completed task. Maybe it’s not perfect, but it’s done! In books, we fix everything in the editing process, but that can apply to anything.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
You can check out my blog. You can sign up for my email list. Or you can order my new book, The Tao of Hockey, which is at a special presale price of only 99¢ right now.
Email sign-up: http://eepurl.com/2OT31
Website & Blog: www.melanieting.blogspot.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ACXVS1A
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.)
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
No problem, Sarah. It’s always a pleasure to talk about writing.