Welcome Camy, thanks for taking time away from NANO (National Novel November Writing Month) for this interview. It will be short I promise!
1. How did you prepare for NANO? And are any of your books the result of NANO?
I am a plotter, so I usually spend some time before NaNoWriMo plotting the book so I know where I’m going. I typically use the book 45 MASTER CHARACTERS by Victoria Lynn Schmidt as a jumping off point for the plot and characters. And my second book in the Sushi series, ONLY UNI, was a result of NaNoWriMo!
2. How many books will be in the Sushi series?
Three books were published by Zondervan (the third book, SINGLE SASHIMI, just released last month). However, the series circles around four cousins, so I’ll be writing a novella about Jenn that will be available as a free ebook to my newsletter YahooGroup members sometime at the end of this year or early next year (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Camys_Loft/join).
3. How do you integrate scripture so naturally into your stories?
I try to have a theme song and a corresponding verse for the story before I write it. That way, as I write, the song and verse end up being woven into the scenes.
4. You left the biologist/researcher field for writing. Trish in Only Uni works in that field what was it like for you to re-visit that career, do you miss it?
It was fun, and I admit I had to go back to some of my old protocols to make sure the jargon was correct, but at the same time, I don’t miss it. I love writing more! LOL
5. Favorite writing book or writing course?
There are two courses that I always recommend to writers. For beginning writers, I suggest Randy Ingermanson’s Fiction 101, 201, or 301 courses, which can be bought online as MP3 downloads plus worksheets. (http://advancedfictionwriting.com/)
The other course is Margie Lawson’s Empowering Characters’ Emotions course. If you can take it in person, all the better, but her online course is equally good. (http://www.margielawson.com/)
6. Pen, pencil or computer?
Definitely computer! I type faster than I write, but I do admit to loving writing in my prayer journal with my fountain pen from Levenger.com. 🙂
Again, Camy thank you so much for taking time to answer my questions.
Thanks for having me here!
Please stop by Camy’s web site (http://www.camytang.com/) and read more about her and her books!
Here’s my review of Only Uni!
Only Uni by Cami Tang
This is Trish Sakai’s story and yet it becomes your story or the story of someone you know. Trish has truly found God, but doesn’t quite understand she isn’t required to follow man made rules to be devoted to Him.
Trish’s culture is very different from my own Midwest upbringing making this story unique for me. I enjoyed learning about her Asian culture, which is a character of its own.
Tang has a fresh way of integrating the Christian message in her books. I read the last page and my desire to know became a raging fire. I want to know more about Christ and what God desires for me.
With her sassy dialogue and intriguing characters Tang brings the reality of living a Christ-filled life into the real world—a world where people fumble, take wrong turns and find out they are still loved by family, friends and God.
Tangs writing is fun, engaging and encouraging. Get this book, but first if you haven’t read it get Sushi for One, then prepare for a fun evening of reading because you won’t want to put these books down. You may not even want to loan them to your friends because they are books you’ll want to read again.