Author Spotlight: Camy Tang

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winners from last week’s Author Spotlight with Anita Higman is Katie Johnson! Please email info@suzannewoodsfisher.com with your mailing address!

This week we are featuring Camy Tang!  To win a copy of her new book, Whispers on the Dock (Guidepost, 2013) leave a comment on this post.

And be sure to check back later this afternoon with another Author Spotlight feature with Sarah Sundin and a chance to win her new book On Distant Shores!

Tell us a little about your new book . . .

It’s the third book in the Postcards from Misty Harbor series, titled Whispers on the Dock. Here’s the back cover blurb:

The blooms in the Misty Harbor Gardens reach the pinnacle of their summer glory, and Sam Carter, the youngest Marris sister, decides to enter her mother’s blackberry cobbler recipe in the Summerfest baking contest. Bus Sam is competing against a formidable opponent, a past winner who is not above engaging in dirty tactics to keep her title. Can Sam’s newfound faith help her rise above the fray to reach out to this lonely woman?

The sisters also welcome a new guest, an elderly woman who knows a great deal about the inn’s history. When she share her photo album, they are stunned to find that their mother lived there for a short time as a child. But their mother never mentioned that. In fact, she told them she’d never been to Nantucket until her honeymoon! Why would she lie? What was she hiding?

Through clues in the woman’s reminiscences and photos, the sisters make an intriguing discovery – not only about the mysterious Hannah Montague, but also about their own family history.

As the warmth of summer turns to autumn, Sam and her sisters are amazed at the ways God has blessed them in their new Nantucket home.

How can readers find you and your books?

http://www.camytang.com/

Anything new for you on the book horizon?

Right now I’m working on a historical romance set in England during the Regency period. It’s a lot of fun since I enjoy history so much!

Why do you write?

I can’t NOT write. There was a time during my twenties when God asked me to lay down my writing, and so I did after much kicking and screaming. I thought I’d never be able to write again, but I couldn’t stop coming up with stories in my head—so I just told them to myself. When God gave me the green light to pick up my writing again, I put those stories down on paper!

What are you best known for . . . writing or otherwise?

Wherever I go, I knit. I also knit while writing, believe it or not. Instead of just staring at the blinking cursor on my computer screen, I’ll knit something easy while I think of what to write next, and then set my knitting down in my lap while I type.

Best author moment?

Holding my first published book in my hands, and the look on my husband’s face as he held a copy, too, and realized, “This author thing of yours really is true, isn’t it?”

Worst author moment?

Whenever I need to ask for a few days’ extension on a book due to my editor. I hate not making a deadline. It makes me feel horrible.

If you weren’t able to write, what would you do?

I might focus more on my music, since I enjoy singing a lot and writing song lyrics is a bit like writing poetry. Don’t know if I’d actually be any GOOD at it, but  . . . 🙂

Describe your ideal circumstances to write.

I would love to rent a cabin up in Mendocino, California. The area is far away from large cities and there are absolutely gorgeous hiking trails (I love trail running as long as it’s not too wild!). I’d go running in the mornings and write during the day. It would be fun to have a few of my friends with me, but we’d all be dedicated to working on our own books. Then in the evenings we’d walk along the beach and have a leisurely dinner before hanging out all night talking. 🙂

Right this moment, what does your office look like?

Messy! Although I did clean up a little. My family is in the process of simplifying our lives this year—we’d like to get rid of at least 50% of our things so we can reduce the clutter in our home and also reassess our attitude toward material things. But we’re not quite there yet—we still have a lot of stuff to go through to determine if we’re keeping or getting rid of it. My office is full of stuff to go through.

How would you describe your writing style to a reader?

I’m a very sensory type of person—especially when it comes to smell and touch—so I tend to write in hopes that I can immerse my reader in the scene, to make them feel what the character is feeling.

If you could write any book—on any topic—and be guaranteed a publishing contract, what topic would it be?

Right now, I have a speculative young adult book idea that’s burning in my heart, which I’d like to write eventually. It seems fitting that after years of working with the teens at my church, I’ve finally gotten an idea for a young adult novel.

Ever had a bad review? How did you handle it?

I’ve had lots! It sometimes hurts to read it because it almost feels like the person is criticizing me, personally, but I also understand that my books are not all going to appeal to all readers, and I’m okay with that. I know that God leads my books to the people He wants to read my books.

What’s one thing you learned about the publishing industry in last five years? Last year? Last six months?

It’s very unpredictable, but that’s also what makes it exciting!

How do you solve a grammar dilemma?

Usually with an internet search or a search through the Chicago Manual of Style website.

Are you an introvert? Extrovert? In between?

I’m an introvert, but I really enjoy spending one-on-one time with people. Crowds not so much, but I love chatting with one person and focusing my attention on them, connecting with them.

Do you enjoy public speaking as an author? Why or why not?

I enjoy teaching more than public speaking, but I’m comfortable with both, partly thanks to the fact that I lead a music worship team at my church and have to MC the order of events for the worship service. When speaking or teaching, I like to focus on people one at a time and pretend I’m just talking to them over coffee at a cafe.

Can a person make a living as a writer?

I think that’s a discussion each person has to have with God. It took a time of prayer and fasting before I quit my biology job, and that was after talking to my husband to determine if his income could handle the bulk of our expenses. Most of my writer friends work at least part time in addition to writing.

What are you working on now?

A historical romance set in England during the Regency era. I love history and it’s been a lot of fun!

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Melanie Backus says:

    Whispers on the Dock sounds like a wonderful read. I love the title and it just sounds oh so interesting! Thank you!

  2. Kathy Jacob says:

    Thank you for a fun interview!

  3. Patty H says:

    Thanks for the interview and chance to win ladies!
    Knitting and writing, that’s quite the combination=)

  4. Kathleen Berman says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win and to learn about an author new to me. I love the shore so the location sounds great. I also like to knit. Sometimes simple knitting frees up the mind!

  5. I loved this spotlight and learning more about Camy Tang. What a wonderful process she and her family have for simplifying their lives! I hope to begin that process soon.

    I adore a book series and the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series sounds especially delightful! I look forward to reading all three of these wonderful books!

    • Camy–Really enjoyed learning more about you! So many of your comments struck me as spot-on: you can’t “not” write, for example. And how unpredictable a writer’s life is.

      So glad, for reader’s sake, that you and your husband agreed to set your biology career aside! Thanks for taking the time for today’s interview. Blessings on your books!
      Suzanne

    • Camy Tang says:

      Thanks Britney! I absolutely loved writing for the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series! It’s one of my favorite Guideposts series to write for!

  6. Emma says:

    Great interview.Whispers on the Dock sounds sounds wonderful.. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  7. sharon says:

    Whispers on the Dock sounds memorable and very special. Best wishes and much happiness.

  8. amyc says:

    How fun to find out that you can sing, Camy! Congratulations on yet another release. 🙂

    • Camy Tang says:

      LOL Thanks Amy! I’ve always enjoyed singing although I’m also good enough to know that I’m nowhere near good enough to go professional. 🙂

  9. Sharyl B. says:

    I enjoyed reading your interview and would love to win your books. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  10. angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  11. Would love to win your books. Thanks for sharing with us which allows us to know about you and the books

  12. Katie Lafferty says:

    Thank you for being so generous. I would love to win a book! I love books!

  13. Rebecca Booth says:

    I just love the idea that you knit while you write, and your books are great. Whispers on the Dock sounds like an amazing read. What did you knit while writing it?

    • Camy Tang says:

      Thanks so much Rebecca! I don’t remember what I was knitting while writing it, but there’s a good chance it was a pair of socks. 🙂 They’re the easiest thing to knit while writing since it’s the same stitch. I love finding hand-dyed sock yarn to make into pretty socks!

  14. Bonnie Traher says:

    Would really love to win.

  15. Hello Suzanne, and welcome to Camy. I really enjoyed this interview and telling about the book. I am wanting to find what the secret is about their mother, and their past. Sure would love to win your book. Thanks for having Camy here Suzanne. And, thanks for the give-away.
    Maxie

  16. Sandi Ansell says:

    I can crochet and read at the same time…does that count? 🙂 Please enter me in the contest…I love meeting new authors…and talking to the ones I already know. God bless

  17. connie saunders says:

    Camy, you are truly an interesting person and an inspiration. Loved that you obeyed God and gave up writing for awhile but were able to resume it when God’s timing allowed it.

    Thanks for the chance of a free book and I hope I win!

    • Camy Tang says:

      Thanks so much, Connie! It was a really hard time in my life but I’m also really glad, now, that God made me do it, because now I know for certain that my writing is what God wants me to do.

  18. Donna D says:

    Camy, I first read you in DEADLY INTENT when I had my hip replacement surgery in 2009. It was just such a well written novel, and certainly an enjoyable one, that I made sure to read FORMULA FOR DANGER as soon as it came out.
    After I went back to work full-time, I didn’t have as much time to read, but I’ve remembered your name & always look to see if one of your books is on the Wal-Mart shelf [living in small town doesn’t have bookstores 🙁 ]. Now that hubby has an Amazon prime account, I will go find some of your other works.
    Thank you for being an author (and a GOOD one), but more importantly, for listening to and following Christ.

    • Camy Tang says:

      Awwww!!! Thank you so much Donna!!!! If you’d like autographed bookplate stickers for your copies of my books, just email me! I’d be happy to mail them to you! You can contact me through my website or at camy [at} camytang.com.

  19. mary branham says:

    Love the cover of Whispers on the dock.
    Cannot wait to read it. Sounds so good.

  20. Betty says:

    Looking forward to reading this book. I have not found a Christian author I do not like to date.

  21. Joann Stewart says:

    Would really love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  22. Kathie from CA says:

    Sounds like a very interesting book. I love family mysteries.

  23. Mardell says:

    I enjoyed reading about Cammy’s background and now I am excited to find her books and read them. I am always looking for good books to read that capture the human heart with a good story!

  24. Linda Ortiz says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  25. Donna Brookmyer says:

    I enjoyed learning more about Camy. This book sounds interesting! I would love to read this book and find out the mysterious secrets!!

  26. Enter me please!!! 😀 I love a good faith/mystery/ and family history novel. Perfect for a stormy Florida afternoon before tutoring and writing take up my evening.
    I’m impressed with the author as well. Anyone who can knit I’m impressed with, but knit and write at the same time. She’s a super hero. 😀

    • Camy Tang says:

      LOL Thanks Lisa! I promise I’m not anything special! I learned to knit from online videos, and then I learned how to knit socks. They’re super easy–way easier than they look–so it’s easy to knit without looking at my work.

  27. Barbara Thompson says:

    Enjoyed the great interview. Book sounds fantastic. Would love to win . Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you!

  28. Robyn Conners says:

    Thanks for the great interview and having me add one more author to my TBR list. I look forward to reading her books!!

  29. I will be looking for this series!! Sounds like something I would like to read!!
    Thank you.

  30. Karen Hansen says:

    This was a great interview and I’m really excited to read the book . Looks like you may have shown me a new author I’m really going to like. Really really would love to win.

    • Camy Tang says:

      Thanks Karen! I hope you enjoy my books! If you like this type of story, you might like my romantic suspense novels from Love Inspired Suspense.

  31. Whispers on the Dock – – what an interesting title. I can’t help but believe that the book would be a very interesting one. Please enter me in this contest. Thanks much. Judy F

  32. Debra Smith says:

    I think this book sounds interesting. I would love to win it. Thanks for a chance to win it. Have a great day! 🙂

  33. Angie Carroll says:

    The author sounds like such a fun person and it sounds like a great book!

  34. Jan Hall says:

    I liked what you said about trying to cut down on clutter. Isn’t it amazing that the older we get the less we have a need for “stuff”. We spend half of our lives collecting stuff and the next half trying to get rid of it. I am so glad that you can’t Not write.

    • Camy Tang says:

      That is SO true! Yes, I’m finding that all the things I thought were so important to have when I was younger are just “junk” or unnecessary things to keep.

  35. Mary Dean says:

    Thanks for sharing great interviews with us. Whispers on the Dock sounds like a wonderful story.

  36. Sandy Larivee says:

    Love the interview. Would like to win the books.

  37. Jackie Tessnair says:

    Thanks for sharing Camy.I am looking forward to reading your books.

  38. Sonja says:

    This is a new author for me so I would love to read her book. It sounds really engaging. I hope I win!

  39. Donna Feyen says:

    Camy, I never knew God had you stop writing for awhile. That must have been hard. So glad you were able to start back up again.
    I will be forever grateful that you recommended ICRS to me!!
    Thanks, Donna (More Than a Review)

  40. Merry says:

    Camy’s newest book sounds like a great summertime read. Please include me!

  41. Ola Norman says:

    I’ve not read this author yet. Sounds like a good one though!

  42. I used to knit and read at the same time.

  43. rjpd says:

    The book sounds great and I so enjoy reading have read about 140 books since the beginning of the year ..

  44. Robyn L says:

    always interesting finding out about authors who are new to me; thanks for
    sharing

  45. Lady DragonKeeper says:

    Ooh, I cannot wait to read a Regency from Camy Tang! Has it been different writing a historical novel vs. a contemporary? I hope you get to write a YA novel too … 🙂

  46. Bonnie says:

    Sounds like a fun story – with suspense also. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!