Monday, September 03, 2007

Meet my pal and fella blogging chick, Camy Tang!

Camy's book, SUSHI FOR ONE? has just released.

It's the story of volley-ball playing Lex Sakai whose family is "big, nosy, and marriage minded." When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the OSFC--Oldest Single Female Cousin--in the clan. And that's when the pressure, er, fun really starts :)

Enter a comment and I'll pick a name at random to win a free copy.

Here's my interview with Camy:

So what's a day in the life of debut novelist Camy Tang?

Chaos. No, really. The past few months have been hectic because I bit off more than I could chew. Things are settling down now.

Typically, I'd like to be up around the time my husband leaves for work so I can exercise and read my Bible (I was able to do all that today, so I'm feeling optimistic). I check email first, then dive into whatever work I have to do--edits, freelance editing, writing.

I try to blog one afternoon a week, writing up my posts for the entire week, so I'm more efficient with my time. I also try to read a writing article or a chapter in a writing book or listen to a workshop on MP3 every day, although that doesn't always happen.

Then Captain Caffeine (my husband) comes home around 8:30 pm and we have dinner and veg in front of the TV for an hour or two (right now I'm totally hooked on The Closer). I'll usually have another few hours of writing time before we go to bed.

No, I don't get out much.

Tell me about it! Hey Camy, You often speak fondly of Captain Caffeine and his imported espresso maker. What's your favorite caffeinated beverage order?

Honestly, tea. Strong English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast tea. I'll take Earl Grey if I'm feeling zesty, or Ginger Peach (Republic of Tea) if I'm feeling fruity. In the summer, it's iced. In the winter, it's scalding hot, sometimes with a little soymilk and honey.

However, I won't turn my nose up at a latte, especially if it's from Captain Caffeine or our favorite coffeeshop, Barefoot Coffee in Santa Clara.

How much can you personally relate to Lex?

Lex and I have both played coed volleyball, although I wasn't near as good as she is. I retired from volleyball after I tore my ACL *twice*. Yeah, not doing that again.

I have a camy-o appearance in Sushi for One--there's a ball-magnet who gets slammed by a spike, suspiciously named Camy. That actually happened to me. Also the part about being hit by balls when I'm just walking across the back of a court.

Ouch :) (Funny, though.) Okay, so tell us about any public events you've got on calendar.

I'll be at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Dallas, Texas from September 20th to the 23rd. I'm selling my books in the ACFW conference bookstore for really cheap since I know writers are, well, broke. I'll have my first public booksigning on Saturday afternoon, September 22nd. That should be fun.

I'm planning a launch party for my church family and volleyball friends in either September or October. Hopefully all the church ladies will cook for the party! Yum! All that yummy stuff in the book--that's the kind of stuff they make. They're fabulous cooks.

Next up for Camy Tang, author?

Book 2 in the Sushi Series, Only Uni, comes out in February 2008. I'm also working on my next series proposal, tentatively titled The Brainiacs. I'm also in the middle of my huge website contest, where I'm giving away baskets of Christian novels and an iPod Nano! It's exclusively for members of my newsletter YahooGroup, so join today:

Any parting words, mi amiga?

Thanks so much for having me here, Julie! I can't wait to read Truffles By the Sea (with a title like that, how could any woman resist?)

Sushi for One? (September 2007)
Romance with a kick of wasabi

Special thanks to those participating in the Blogging Chicks Carnival today!


Merrie Destefano said...

Great post, Julie!

Have fun at ACFW! And I can't wait to hear more about "The Brainiacs!"

Blessings on your blog tour,

lace said...

Great interview. How fun!

Camy, Have fun on your blog tour. Only 27 more days!

Camy Tang said...

Thanks so much for the interview, Julie!

Anonymous said...

Fun. I'd love to win a copy.

Julie I really enjoy your blog. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

It's nice to read about women writers!

Oh, and Julie - I just got Chocolate Beach. Am looking forward to reading it as soon as my schedule permits!!!

Karen said...

Wow, I am excited to find your blog. I read Camy's daily and am dying to win a copy of her book:-) Your book is on my Amazon wishlist, so I will hopefully be reading it soon as well:-) Thanks so much, I'll be back!

kpuleski [at] gmail [dot] com

Lynda Lee Schab said...

I am so looking forward to reading Sushi for One. Sounds right up my alley. If I don't win a copy, I'll definitely be picking one up very soon!

Thanks for the great interview, Julie. I've heard so much about Camy and read her posts on ACFW. I loved learning a little more about her.

Looking forward to hearing all about the conference when you guys return.


Julie Carobini said...

thanks to all of you for stopping by to read about Camy! I appreciate you. I'm about to run off and pick a name out of my purse (cuz I don't have a hat handy :)

Stay tuned.