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.
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?
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).
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:
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?
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.
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.
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