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Camy Tang
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Tessa Lancaster's skills first earned her a position as an enforcer in her Uncle Teruo's Japanese Mafia gang. Then they landed her in prison for a crime she didn't commit. Now, three months after her release, Tessa's abilities have gained her a job as bodyguard for wealthy socialite Elizabeth St. Amant and her three-year-old son.But there's a problem or two . or three .. There's Elizabeth's abusive husband whose relentless pursuit goes deeper than mere vengeance. There's Uncle Teruo, who doesn't understand why Tessa's new faith as a Christian prevents her from returning to the yakuza. And then there's Elizabeth's lawyer, Charles Britton, who Tessa doesn't know is the one who ensured that she did maximum time behind bars. Now Tessa and Charles must work together in order to protect their client, while new truths emerge and circumstances spiral to a deadly fever pitch.
     

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camyAward winning author Camy Tang, author of the popular Sushi Series,won the 2008 ACFW award for best book in the debut author category for her novel Sushi for One? (Zondervan 2007). Tang’s unique style of “romance with a kick of wasabi” diversifies Christian fiction and expands the boundaries of chick-lit. According to the Romantic Times’ review of Single Sashimi, Tang has “a gift for creating in-depth and meaningful characters.” A Hawaiian native from the island of O’ahu, Tang currently lives in San Jose, California with her husband and their dog, Snickers.

Favorite Verse: John 12:32: "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." It reminds me to lift up Christ in my life and my writing, and He'll be the one to draw people to Himself.  


 

 Our Interview with Camy Tang


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in Hawaii (which is really not as glamorous as it sounds! LOL) but now I live in northern California, writing full time and working with the youth group at my church.

I always wanted to write, but then I felt God convicting me that my writing was for me, not for Him. That I was more interested in my name on a book cover than writing for Him. And He told me to lay it down.

Boy, that was World War 3. But I eventually did it, and stopped writing for years. I still had ideas filtering through my head, but I rarely put them down on paper.

Then I got laid off from work (I worked in biology research) and I felt God telling me to take up writing again. From that point on, I studied the craft of writing and God blessed me with my first writing contract with Zondervan in 2006.

You work extensively with budding authors, can you tell us a bit about Genesis?

The Genesis is a contest for unpublished writers run by the American Christian Fiction Writers organization, a wonderful group whose purpose is to promote Christian fiction while encouraging and teaching writers in the writing craft and the traditional publishing industry.

The Genesis had over 550 entries this past year, in nine different categories. The top three in each category are finalists whose work is judged by agents and/or editors in the Christian publishing industry. I’ve had the honor of running the Genesis contest for six years now. It’s thrilling to see entrants who just started writing a few years ago final and win in the contest and go on to be published.

How did you come up with the concept for Protection for Hire?

I love strong, capable heroines like from the TV shows Alias, Nikita, Covert Affairs, and the movies Tomb Raider and Resident Evil. I wanted to write about a strong woman with a heart for God, so I came up with my character, Tessa.

I wanted to give Tessa a reason to keep being involved in different crimes (so that I could have more books with her as the heroine) and the idea came to me that if Tessa had a shady past before coming to Christ, that past would provide good spiritual conflict as well as causing external problems in her life. I am a fan of The Sopranos, including the more humorous parts of the series, and thought that if Tessa belonged to the Japanese mafia, and I created a Japanese version of The Sopranos, it would be both exciting and funny.

For her hero, I thought up the most unlikely pairing--a straight-laced lawyer from Louisiana--and as I wrote, I let the sparks fly!

Do you have any background in law enforcement?

No, although I do extensive research. For Protection for Hire, I did a lot of research into bodyguards and their responsibilities. I have a lot of respect for them and the mental and physical stresses of their jobs.

 

Do you have a favorite character in Protection for Hire? Why?

My favorite is an obvious one, Tessa. She’s got a lot of street smarts and she’s tough, but underneath she’s been badly hurt by her family. Her new relationship with Christ doesn’t help that at all, and she’s struggling to reconcile her old life with her new one. I felt like that when I first became a Christian. I didn’t know how to act around my Buddhist family and my “old self” kept coming through just when I didn’t want it to! But God is gracious and He has helped me to find my true identity in Christ.

How much research did Protection for Hire take?

I found myself researching SO many different things. I did research into the Japanese mafia in Japan and in America, as well as other ethnic mafia groups. I also did research into Tessa’s different fighting styles, mostly mixed martial arts. I also looked into Southern culture and family relationships because of my hero’s background, as well as having a lawyer friend, author Rick Acker, help me with the legal issues of my storyline. All of that was a lot of fun but very hard to keep organized!

What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Protection for Hire?

What was really neat was that there were a lot of similarities between Japanese and Southern families and their relationships with each other. There are some of the obvious cultural differences like the food, the way people talk, and the level of displays of affection in Japanese and Southern families, but there are also lots of similarities--the matriarchs and patriarchs in the families, how the families stick together and value loyalty, the funny and exasperating things family members do to each other.

Is there a conflict about your Christian beliefs in your own family?

The majority of my family are nominal Buddhist, and so I’m the only practicing Christian in my family. However, my family has never condemned me for my different faith or looked down on me, and they respect my different value system.

How did you come to accept Christ as your savior?

God was really gracious to me, because I had a Christian babysitter who took me to church. Then in college, I met other Christians who really showed me what it was like to live as a Christian, and I fully gave my life to Christ just before my Sophomore year.

 

 

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

There are so many things I have to juggle--marketing, writing, interacting with my readers, the desire to mentor other writers. Obviously, the writing has to come first, which means all the other things get less of my time than I’d like. I’ve had to be very disciplined with my time and learn to say no to things I would otherwise like to do.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

I love being able to craft stories in my head. It’s the funnest part of being a writer. I get to come up with the wildest and craziest ideas and some of them actually get published. :) I also like being able to work on my own biorhyhms. I’m a night owl, so the majority of my writing is done late at night because I don’t have to get up early in the morning.

What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?

I belong to American Christian Fiction Writers, which I credit with my success in my writing career. ACFW has so many resources available for writers and enables writers to encourage each other and network with other writers and industry professionals.

I also belong to Romance Writers of America since I’m a romance writer. :) RWA is a great organization also with a lot of excellent resources for writers. I love reading their monthly publication, the RWR.

Lastly, I have a local Christian writer’s group that has been wonderful to both keep me accountable and to encourage me in my career and my faith.

What new projects are on the horizon?

I’m currently writing the next book in Tessa’s series, which should come out in 2012. I also have a Love Inspired Suspense novel coming out in January 2012 called Stalker in the Shadows, which is a romantic suspense set in Sonoma, California, one of my favorite towns. And it’s about a stalker, one of my favorite types of villains. :)

 

What message would you like your readers to take from reading Protection for Hire?

The theme Scripture verse for Protection for Hire is Philippians 3:7-8:  But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.

I kept this verse at the forefront of my thoughts as I wrote each of Tessa’s scenes, because her life is a mix-up of her old and her new self. I wanted her to discover that she wasn’t trapped by either, and I want my readers to know that, too.

I mostly want my readers to know that they can walk forward in the newness of Christ, to please Christ and not other people, just like Tessa.

What was your favorite book as a child?

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. I loved how Menolly could overcome so many difficulties and yet stay true to who she was.

What is your greatest achievement?

I didn’t used to have an answer for this question, but I can now say that the one thing I am truly most proud of is the fact I ran my first marathon in December 2010. I had only run a maximum of 3 miles and I had only been running off and on for about 18 months before I started training. I trained for 6 months and ran the Honolulu Marathon in December, with my family there to cheer me on. However, I was so tired that I pretty much collapsed at the finish line and then went home to eat!

What do you do to get away from it all?

My favorite thing to do is to go somewhere with a book and a bag of chips! LOL I also like how running clears my head and makes my creativity go in neat and unusual places.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you so much for this interview! I’ve been a loyal customer of Christianbook.com since my college years and now to have my books available here is a dream come true!

 


 
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