From September 17-21, 2008, more than five hundred writers, agents, and editors converged on the Sheraton Bloomington in Minneapolis, MN for the American Christian Fiction Writers annual conference. I worked throughout the conference in a few different capacities, but it was still a superb time! I met with the incredible Barbara Scott, my editor (hey! I actually have an editor now!!) from Abingdon Press. In all honesty, I didn't expect her to remember much about my story since I knew she was working on the macros for multiple other books at the moment. But she had an uncanny recall! And it was so clear to me that she caught the vision and passion for Dead Reckoning. I'm absolutely amazed and even more thrilled now about working with her!
Here are some photos from the conference. Hope you enjoy them--they'll keep me smiling for years to come.
Me presenting during the Book of the Year Awards
Me and awesome friend Sara Mills
Me and my fabo Agent-Man, Steve Laube
Me with Robin and her boas (yes, there is a story behind that, and no, we're not telling. LOL)
Me with "big brother" John Olson...he was humming (im)patiently while Dineen lined up the photo *just right*...I couldn't stop laughing.
Me with the amazing Sharon Hinck!
I'll have more photos later. First, have to get caught up on schtuff. :-D
1. What time did you get up this morning?
10:00 AM (I have no children, just a dog who likes to sleep)
2. Diamonds or pearls?
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The sad thing is that I can't remember. Return of the King, maybe?
4. What is your favorite TV show?
5. What do you usually have for breakfast?
homemade yogurt with fruit
6. What is your middle name?
Mie (it's Japanese)
7. What food do you dislike?
I love practically all food! But I do dislike uni sushi--uni is raw sea urchin, and it's yellow and slimey and pungent tasting. My father, on the other hand, loves it. And the irony is that I turned in the title Only Uni for my second book because I was desperate for title ideas and figured the Marketing Department would never use it ... and then they picked it! Doh! Note to self: don't suggest a title you don't really like!
8. What is your favorite CD at moment?
The Scarlet Pimpernel musical (concept album)
9. What kind of car do you drive?
10. Favorite sandwich?
11.What characteristic do you despise?
manipulation (and lying goes hand-in-hand w/that) (I stole this from Ronie)
12. Favorite item of clothing?
socks (I tend to get cold really easily, even when Captain Caffeine is hot). My second favorite is scarves, for the same reason.
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
Italy! For the food!
14. Favorite brand of clothing?
Don't really have one.
15.Where would you retire to?
Here in Northern California--the weather is great!
16.What was your most recent memorable birthday?
Captain Caffeine proposed to me at my birthday dinner.
17. Favorite sport to watch?
18. Furthest place you are sending this?
the world wide web
19. Person you expect to send it back first?
20. When is your birthday?
TODAY!!!! September 25
21. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Definitely a night person!
22. What is your shoe size?
Depends. 7.5 or 8 narrow
My wonderful dog Snickers
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us?
I've got a cool website contest going on right now! I’m giving away TEN BOXES OF CHRISTIAN BOOKS and 30 COPIES OF MY NOVEL, SINGLE SASHIMI! Go to my website contest page for rules and how to enter: http://www.camytang.com/contest.html
25. What did you want to be when you were little?
a physicist. No, really. Barring that, I wanted to be a writer. LOL
26. How are you today?
Great! It’s my birthday!
27. What is your favorite candy?
See's toffee bites
28. What is your favorite flower?
29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?
A retreat in October put on by my literary agency in Sonoma!
30. What is your favorite pastime?
31. What are you listening to right now?
the dog whining
32. What was the last thing you ate?
33. Do you wish on stars?
34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
PINK! PINK PINK PINK PINK PINK!!!
35. How is the weather right now?
sunny and clear (when I was writing this)
36. The first person you spoke to on the phone today
Robin Caroll (although it was actually her answering machine)
37. Favorite soft drink?
I try not to drink sodas because the citric acid eats at my teeth enamel. But I love Diet Coke.
38. Favorite restaurant?
Alexander's, a steak and prime rib restaurant
39. Real hair color?
40. What was your favorite toy as a child?
all 40 of my stuffed animals
41. Summer or winter?
42. Hugs or kisses?
43. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla most of the time
44. Coffee or tea?
Tea with milk and honey
45. Do you want your friends to email you back?
All the time
46. When was the last time you cried?
This past weekend, hearing a woman in the NASCAR ministry talk about the women she ministers to
47. What is under your bed?
lots of dust
48. What did you do last night?
talked with Captain Caffeine, cleaned out my overflowing email Inbox
49. What are you afraid of?
50. Salty or sweet?
Salty! Esp when paired with potatoes in any way, shape, or form
51. How many keys on your key ring?
52. How many years at your current job?
3 years writing full time. Before that, 11 years as a biologist researcher
53. Favorite day of the week?
Don't have one
54. How many towns have you lived in?
55. Do you make friends easily?
I think so
56. How many people will you send this to?
Everyone on Ronie’s blog and a few from my blog
57. How many will respond?
Thanks for having me here, Ronie!
Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. She used to be a biologist, but now she is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads a worship team for Sunday service. She also runs the Story Sensei fiction critique service. On her blog, she gives away Christian novels every Monday and Thursday, and she ponders frivolous things like dumb dogs (namely, hers), coffee-geek husbands (no resemblance to her own...), the writing journey, Asiana, and anything else that comes to mind. Visit her website at http://www.camytang.com/ for a huge website contest going on right now, giving away ten boxes of books and 30 copies of her latest release, SINGLE SASHIMI.
Today, I'm delighted to promote Lena Nelson Dooley, Tamela Hancock Murray, Susan Page Davis, and Darlene Franklin for the release of their new anthology, Snowbound Colorado Christmas. I know two of these ladies, and I have to say they're both very talented and sweet women!
Tamela: My novella is FIRES OF LOVE, and takes place first.
I know that working on a collection that weaves together takes a lot of work. How did your team schedule the work?
Lena: Working with this team was a joy. We set out our various storylines. Tamela’s and mine were more closely connected, so we had to work more closely together. That wasn’t a problem for me, because I really like Tamela, and we both wanted the best story possible. So we ironed out any inconsistencies rather well.
When you aren’t writing or spending time with your family, what is your favorite activity?
Susan: I love to travel and have recently been able to do a fair amount of that on business. My three sisters and I also take a trip together, known as Sister Week, once a year. Last June we borrowed a beach house in Avalon, New Jersey for our getaway. My next excursion will be a week in Alaska to do research for some upcoming books.
What part of the country do you live it? And why do you like that part of the country?
Darlene: I’m the only one of the four of us fortunate enough to live in fabulous Colorado. Like Susan, I’m originally from Maine. After I left home, I felt restless and kept moving west (with stops in New Jersey, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma) until I arrived in Colorado. When I arrived here, I knew I had come home. The mountains do the same thing for my spirit that the ocean used to. Because my story is set at Denver’s Brown Palace, Mom and I treated ourselves to a weekend stay during last year’s Christmas season. As I said, how I “suffer” for my art! A beautiful, fabulous place.
A native Virginian, Tamela Hancock Murray has been writing all her life. She interned on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Department of State before graduating with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College in Virginia.
An award-winning, bestselling author, Tamela has over 20 fiction and nonfiction books to her credit. Upcoming releases include LOVE FINDS YOU IN MAIDEN, NORTH CAROLINA, and THE MASTER'S MATCH. She has discussed her work on radio and television. Her professional affiliations include Trois Riviere Fiction Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. Tamela enjoys being an agent with Hartline Literary Agency, and she takes turns with her fellow agents writing a column for Christian Fiction Online Magazine http://www.christianfictiononlinemagazine.com/.
When she's not writing, Tamela spends wonderful times with her husband and their two daughters, as well as extended family and friends.
Lena Nelson Dooley holds a BA in Speech and Drama, and she completed many graduate hours as well. She has served as a drama director for several churches. In addition, she has been the administrative assistant to two different pastors.
Snowbound Colorado Christmas is her 18th book release. Four more books will release in 2009. She is often a speaker at women’s events, writers’ meetings, and conferences. She’s an award-winning, bestselling author. At present she serves as vice-president of DFW Ready Writers, the local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She has a website, http://www.lenanelsondooley.com/ . In the monthly newsletter, she gives away copies of her books and features reviews of her recent reads as well as what’s new that month in Christian publishing. Her blog, http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/ , is popular with readers, because she promotes authors and their most recent works.
Susan Page Davis is the author of ten historical novels, six romantic suspense, and two young adult books. She has co-authored a cozy mystery series with her daughter, Megan Elaine Davis. Susan’s historicals have won awards in the Book of the Year and Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contests. She’s a homeschooling mother of six and grandmother of five. She and her husband Jim live in Maine, where Jim is a news editor.
Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin resides in the Colorado foothills with her mother and her Lynx Point Siamese cat Talia. She is the mother of two children. Her daughter has gone ahead of her to glory; her son lives in Oklahoma with his family. She loves music, reading, and writing. She is the author of five novels, and has contributed more than 150 articles to numerous magazines, anthologies, and devotionals. She has also written curriculum for children’s Sunday school.
August 24 – Lena nelson Dooley
September 1 – Janice Olson
September 5 - Brittanie A. Terrell
September 10 – Ronie Kendig
September 15 – Tiffany (Amber Miller) Stockton
September 16 – Tricia Goyer
September 23 – Lisa Buffaloe
September 23 - Deborah Khuanghlawn
September 30 – Linda Crowhttp://www.2nd-cup-of-coffee.blogspot.com/