Thursday, July 23, 2009

Interview with Camy Tang--and Book Giveaway!

I'm excited to have my friend, Camy Tang, with us today! Camy's is the author of three books for Zondervan in the Sushi Series and has just had her first release for Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense, Deadly Intent.

Camy will be giving away a copy of Deadly Intent to one lucky commenter! So please leave your contact information. I’ll draw a name late tonight.

She has also graciously answered some questions that the F.A.I.T.H. girls had for her.

1. We often have pet words for each book—words that drive us crazy. We’d love to know if you had a pet word in this book.

My pet word is usually “really” but for this book, I kept saying “clients,” as in spa clients. I had to go through and change a bunch of them to words like “patrons” and “customers” and “clientele.” It drove me nuts!

2. Most people know you also write for Zondervan. Can you tell us what you’ve found are the main differences between writing a book for Zondervan and a book for Steeple Hill?

Genre is the obvious difference, since my Zondervan books are humorous contemporary romances, while Deadly Intent is a romantic suspense. I love both genres, so it was really great to be able to write something suspenseful like Deadly Intent after writing the antics of the Sakai cousins in my Sushi series. I had to read a few romantic suspense novels to get my brain in the right frame, and then I could slip into the dangers surrounding my heroine, Naomi.

Both Zondervan and Steeple Hill are Christian publishers, and to be honest, they’re very similar in the types of issues published. They both don’t allow gore or gratuitous violence, and they both require a tense atmosphere and smart pace to the stories (nothing slow or meandering for a suspense!). God is also front and center in the stories published by both publishers, which is what I love—there is always at least one character with a Christian worldview, but the stories are not preachy.

3. Since you’re both the longer and shorter stories, can you tell us what you like best about each?

I like the quick pace and fast read of the shorter stories, which is why I’m glad I’m writing romantic suspense for Steeple Hill. Writing a shorter suspense story is easier for me than a longer one would be because I can have only a handful of red herrings, rather than several required in a longer book.

For my contemporary romances, I like the longer size of the book because I can delve into family relationships and subplots involving other characters, which is always the fun part for me.

4. Camy, you are so busy. ACFW list hostess, you coordinate the entire Genesis contest, have a popular blog you update regularly, Story Sensei critique service, writing, and who knows what else. And you do it all with what seems like endless energy. Where do you find time to do it all? You must have some extraordinary organizational skills.

I do try to organize myself so that I can handle anything I have committed to doing, like the Genesis and List Hostess duties. I schedule time for doing those two things. For blogging, I usually do all my blogs for one week all on one day, and then set the blogs to post on their scheduled day. For writing and my Story Sensei critique service, I also schedule those projects into my calendar so they don’t overlap and so that I know I have time to get them done. I live by my Calendar on my computer, because it lists all that I have to do and reminds me when to do them.

5. Is there something special about the name Joy Luck Life Spa? Is it just a coincidence that the book Joy Luck Club has something similar, or is there an Asian connection or something of significance?

Well, the spa has an Asian theme with Asian d├ęcor, and the Grant sisters are half-Japanese (their mother and Aunt Becca were/are full Japanese), and so I thought Joy Luck Life would be a good Asian-y name for it.

6. I’ll borrow a couple of the fun questions you asked me when I visited your blog. :) What flavor ice cream would your hero choose?

Mint chocolate chip, because it’s not too sweet and its refreshing. He’s a chocolate lover, but not very adventurous and doesn’t like things too sweet.

And what type shoes would your heroine buy?

Naomi is all into relaxation and reducing stress, so she’d be more likely to buy Crocs because they’re so comfortable and they reduce strain on the back and feet. However, she’d get a cute color combo like baby pink and gray or red and blue.

Thanks, Camy!

Thanks for having me here, Missy!

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  1. Always great to learn more about Camy! Thanks for the interview!

    I purchased Deadly Intent earlier this week, it's on my TBR list, so no need to add my name in the drawing.

  2. Camy,

    Thanks for coming by!! Great interview. I can't wait to read your book. I like SH Romantic Suspense novels. They are great reads. I hope we have more Camy Tang SH's to read.
    And I like the spa premise.

  3. Good morning everyone!

    Eileen, I have it also but just haven't been able to start it yet. I can't wait!

  4. Ditto here, Eileen and Missy. I picked up Deadly Intent a few weeks ago, just haven't been able to start it yet. I can't wait though.

  5. I love reading about the "behind the scenes" info about this book. It's been so fun. I haven't picked up a copy yet, so I'd love to be entered in the drawing.


  6. Thanks for the interview, Missy! And thanks to everyone who bought my book! I hope you enjoy it!

  7. This book sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  8. Great interview. I've already got my copy so don't put me in the drawing.
    Excellent book, Camy.

  9. Thanks for being on FAITH, Camy. Great interview, ladies. :)

  10. Thanks for stopping by, emma!

    I'll wait until later tomorrow to draw so we can give more visitors time to enter. So be sure to leave comments!

  11. Looking forward to reading a mystery by you. please enter me.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  12. I am hoping I can still enter for Camy's book drawing! I just read my email about this interview. Camy is fabulous.
    Many thanks.....Cindi

  13. I thought I'd wait over the weekend to give more people time to enter. And the winner is...


    I'll email you to get your address. I'll forward that to Camy.

    Congrats! And thanks to all who visited.