Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interview with Camy Tang by Michelle B.

Camy Tang is the author of an delightfully different romantic series starting with the book  Sushi for One.  I don't normally pick up romance to read, but hers caught me by the idea of having a peek into a totally unknown culture.  Once I started reading, I was completely hooked.  I devoured the second book in the series Only Uni as well as the third Single Sashimi  I really admire Camy's ability to put 'meat' into the book too, this is not a fluffy cotton candy book series. The characters in the books are so real, and so different I can't believe they live only between the pages of her books. I highly recommend the series.

I was delighted to find out that she has a mystery/romance  series out too, and I've all ready bought them for my Nook. Camy is one of those authors  who can tease me into reading genres I don't naturally gravitate towards because she writes well.

She also has graciously taken time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for the League.
1.) How do you balance the darker aspects of suspense/mystery with a theme that glorifies Christ?

I think it's great to put the heroine/hero in danger or a situation out of their control because it allows them to learn how to cling to Jesus more. I've found that when I'm at my lowest, that's when I really draw closer to God, so I do the same for my characters.

2.) When writing a mystery or story with suspense, how do you give the reader false clues or red herrings without making them feel like you cheated and tricked them?

The trick is to make the red herring totally logical and believable. It's misdirection as opposed to deception of the reader. Cops have to follow lots of leads before they discover the one lead that helps them solve the case, so it's the same with a suspense novel.

3.) From Edgar Allen Poe's The Murder in the Rue Morge written in the late 1800's to Sidney Sheldon's The Doomsday Conspiracy coming out this Summer, there is no end to deception, mayhem, and murder in print. Why do you think that mystery/suspense as a genre has endured so well over time?

I think there are readers who enjoy an exciting, entertaining story. It's a fun escape from ordinary life without the actual danger to the reader. :) At least, that's why I read suspense, mystery and thrillers.

Thank you Camy Tang for the awesome answers, your stories, and for taking the time to share your knowledge with us.


Evergreena said...

Wow! Great interview. It's very helpful.

Varon said...

Thanks for these answers! I'll have to implement them in my stories.

Elizabeth Eiowing said...

Great interview!!! :D Now I will HAVE to pick up those books!:)

Camy Tang said...

Thanks so much for the interview and the glowing recommendation for my books!