Camy Tang on the IC Hotseat

Posted by on December 21, 2012

Camy Tang is on the IC hotseat today to tell us about her newest releases. That’s right, there’s an ‘s’ at the end of that word. Read on and find out how YOU can be eligible to receive one of them for free. But for now, let’s talk to the author herself.

Tell us a little about yourself.camywebcopy

My name is Camy Tang, and I write Christian contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Zondervan and Love Inspired Suspense. I grew up in Hawaii, which really isn’t as glamorous as it sounds, since the island is small and you have to fly to get anywhere! But I do enjoy going home to visit family at least once a year. My husband and I live in San Jose, California, and we have a pound puppy named Snickers. I love knitting–I learned how from my mom a long time ago, but then a few years ago I wanted to pick it up again and I learned using online videos, which was great because it took me a long time to really figure it out and I could replay the videos over and over. I also am a staff worker for my church youth group and I lead worship music at a couple Sunday services a month.

Cool! You’re a musician, too.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

Absolutely! My favorite books were fantasy, especially Dragonsong and Dragonsingerby Anne McCaffrey.

What is the quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

I don’t know if it’s quirky, but the weirdest thing I ever did was learn how to spin wool into yarn. It’s such a strange hobby these days but I went ahead and bought a used spinning wheel on Craigslist and learned from online videos.

Yup. That’s kinda quirky … but fascinating!

Share something about your day-to-day life that might help a reader to feel as though they know you a little better.

I start every day with a pot of tea. I bought an electric mug warmer that I use with my cast iron teapot, and it works great. I always have tea in my reading corner in my office with milk and honey, and I like to start my day by reading my Bible before I do anything else.

Ahhhhh. That sounds better than Calgon.

How many books do you have published and where can they be found?

I’ve published four contemporary romances in my Sushi series (http://camytang.com/books/sushi_series), two romantic suspenses in the “Protection for Hire” series (http://camytang.com/books/protection_for_hire_series) and four romantic suspenses in my “Sonoma” series (http://camytang.com/books/sonoma_series).

Love the Sushi series! I think I need to catch up on the Sonoma series, though—sigh—more books to read :o).

DangerousStagewebTell us about your latest work.

I have two books that just came out:

A Dangerous Stageis the second book in my humorous romantic suspense series, “Protection for Hire.” Here’s the back cover blurb:

Tessa Lancaster worked for her uncle in the Japanese mafia until she was sent to prison for a murder she didn’t commit. Now, after finding God behind bars, she takes odd jobs as a bodyguard to keep her distance from the family business.

In A Dangerous Stage, the second book in Camy Tang’s Protection for Hire series, Tessa gets caught up in the web of lies surrounding a shady singing competition. Hired by one of the contestants, she works with Charles Britton—the lawyer who sent her to prison—to discover the dark figures manipulating the contest from behind the scenes.

Tessa’s abilities will be tested like never before as she’s forced to balance the safety of her client’s family and her deepening relationship with Charles. In the midst of the chaos, she holds on to her faith to keep her safe and bring down the shadowy organization.

Readers can find my review here—Ahem—Go on, Camy.

In January, my fourth romantic suspense in my “Sonoma” series comes out, Narrow Escape. Each book in the Sonoma series can stand on its own and you don’t have to read them in order, but the hero in Narrow Escape had a brief cameo in the previous book, Stalker in the Shadows. Here’s the back cover blurb:Narrow Escape

KIDNAPPED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

Arissa Tiong and her three-year-old niece are snatched off the street by members of a notorious drug gang. Having lost her police officer brother to a drug bust gone bad, Arissa knows the danger she’s in. But she has no idea why they want her. Desperate to protect the little girl, Arissa escapes and runs straight to Nathan Fischer. She knows the handsome, weary former narcotics cop hasn’t told her everything about the night that ended her brother’s life and Nathan’s career. But he’s all that stands between her and dangerous thugs who are after something she doesn’t even know she has.

Cool! I can’t wait to dive in!!!

What are you working on right now?

I love reading Regency romances, but I never thought I’d be able to write one because of the massive amount of research. However, I joined the Beau Monde chapter of RWA and, inspired by all the Regency writers on the loop, right now I’m working on a Regency romance for publication in 2014 by Zondervan! No title yet, but I think it’s going to be set in Bath.

Oh! I love regency!

How do you choose names for your characters?

I’m TERRIBLE with names so often I will ask for help from my Facebook friends (here’s my page: https://www.facebook.com/CamyTangAuthor). In Protection for Hire, I needed some names of nasty old women for a ballroom scene and asked my Facebook friends for help, and thanks to their suggestions, I used Velma Crackenburg for the book.

LOL! That’s a good one. I can picture her now. The name says it all.

What are your favorite themes to write about?

I’ve noticed that my themes tend to involve characters recognizing their need and fully, completely submitting to God’s will for them. I think this is because it’s a lesson I have to learn over and over again in my life. I am a terrible control freak and God has to constantly teach me to trust Him completely and give all of myself to him.

Hmmmm. I wonder what it’s like to be a control freak … ahem ;o).

Is there any scene in your book that came from a real-life happening?

There is a scene in Single Sashimi at a youth group meeting. Well, the game they’re playing actually happened at church and it was absolutely disgusting and totally hilarious.

… But you’re not going to tell us what that disgusting, hilarious game is, are you? …

<birds chirping in the background>

… Okay …

<frog croaking out the window>

… I guess our readers will just have to buy the book and find out for themselves :o).

So, where can they find you and your books on the internet?

http://www.camytang.com/

Thanks, Camy, for joining us today.

Camy has graciously and generously offered not one, but two of her books to commenters this week. One lucky commenter will receive Narrow Escape and the other will receive A Dangerous Stage. Leave your email so I know how to contact you. I will announce the winners next Friday, December 28th.

And if that’s not enough, she is running a contest on her website this month. Click here to get the details.

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Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. She grew up in Hawaii and now lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious mutt, Snickers. She graduated from Stanford University and worked as a biologist researcher for 9 years, but now she writes full-time. She is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. She belongs to several writers’ groups including American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Sushi for One? won first place in the Debut Author category and second place in the Chick lit category of the 2008 ACFW Book of the Year awards, Single Sashimi finaled in the Chick lit category of the 2009 ACFW Book of the Year awards, and Deadly Intent finaled in the Inspirational category of Oklahoma RWA’s 2010 National Readers Choice Award. On her blog, she ponders knitting, spinning wool, dogs, running, the Never Ending Diet, and other frivolous things. Visit her website at http://www.camytang.com/ to read free short stories and subscribe to her quarterly newsletter.

Other posts you might enjoy:

Camy Tang’s “A Dangerous Stage” and Why Great Characters are a Must—A Sort-of Review

An Interview with Terri J.Haynes, Author of “Love Simplified”

An Interview with MaryLu Tyndall

25 Responses to Camy Tang on the IC Hotseat

  1. Camy Tang

    Congratulations to the winners! Thanks everyone for entering and for your kind words!

  2. Connie Almony

    Thank you all for coming by. We have selected the winners of Camy’s books. Veronica Sternberg will receive “A Dangerous Stage,” and Mary will receive “Narrow Escape.”

  3. Jes

    Great interview! That’s exciting you are working on a Regency novel! I had not heard of an electric mug warmer before – that will be a fun gift for two friends of mine who often have to reheat their coffee!

  4. Elaine

    Yay! I am a big fan of Camy and am currently reading through Protection for Hire! Would love to win one of her new books!
    laneybabe15(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Jo

    Great interview! I have read a few of Camy’s books and have enjoyed them. These two really sound good and look forward to reading them as well.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

  6. Jasmine Augustine

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway! Camy is a new author to me and I am looking forward to reading her books now that I know about them.
    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Veronica Sternberg

    These both sound great! I love your Sushi series and can’t wait to read the rest of your books. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. Martha Artyomenko

    I love Camy’s books! I would love to win one!

  9. Janet Estridge

    I would love to win either “Narrow Escape” or “A Dangerous Stage”. I love to read mystery books with just a hint of romance. Thanks for entering me in the contest.
    Merry, Merry Christmas!

  10. Emily Reynolds

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve become a big fan of romantic suspense lately. Please toss my name in the hat! Best wishes on the success of your newest release, Camy!

  11. Mary

    I have wanted to read a Camy book for ages, Here is a chance to try for one. Thanks!

  12. Merry

    I’d love to win one of Camy’s books, romantic suspense is one of my favorite genre. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  13. Susieq

    I love Camy Tang’s books and would love to win one!

    I can’t wait to read these!

    Thanks for doing the interview and having the giveaway.

  14. Melissa Finnegan

    Camy’s books are on my wish list. I would love to win one of them. Thanks!

  15. Jenneniah

    My favorite type of books is mystery. I like trying to solve it before the book is over.

  16. Jenneniah

    I love reading many books. Mysteries re my favorite because I try to solve it before the book ends.

  17. Cheri

    Would love a chance to win.

    clSwalwell@gmail.com

    Thanks for this opportunity.

    In Him,

    Cheri :)

  18. PJ Ryley

    I enjoyed all of Camy’s Sushi series and have read one of the Sonoma series. Looks like I’m behind. Can’t wait to read more and the upcoming Regency sounds intriguing. Thanks for interviewing Camy on IC.

  19. Connie Almony

    Yes, Davalynn, I can imagine heaven looking like a resounding worship service and hoo-yeah I’m looking forward to doing that for eternity!!!

    Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Davalynn Spencer

    Great interview. Playing on/leading a worship team is such a step into God’s presence. Won’t heaven be awesome? Love the suspense in your work – seems to make the romance and the spiritual journey that much more real.

  21. Gail Pallotta

    Thanks for the interesting interview. Both books sound like suspenseful page turners. Working to discover corruption behind a contest with the lawyer who sent one to prison could create lots of interesting conflict.
    In Narrow Escape how scary to have something someone’s after and not know what it is! Fun reading.

  22. June Foster

    Tamy, thank you so much for appearing on Infinite Characters. I enjoyed your interview. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas. June

  23. Robin Patchen

    I really enjoyed Protection for Hire. I’m looking forward to reading Dangerous Stage. Great interview.

    Merry Christmas!

  24. shelly

    I have no idea what it’s like to be a control freak. LOL Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win Camy’s books.

  25. Camy Tang

    Thanks so much for the interview, Connie! :)