Monday, August 03, 2009

Guest Blogger Camy Tang

I’m so happy to have a guest today--my friend, Camy Tang, author of the newly released Deadly Intent from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. Camy has offered to give away a copy of Deadly Intent in a drawing from those who comment. So please be sure to leave your contact information! And now, Camy…

I’m so excited to be on Missy’s blog today! Missy asked me to answer the question, "Is it easier to write suspense because of the built-in conflict of a villain?"

Actually, the presence of a villain in romantic suspense makes it a bit harder to write. Suspense villains tend to have very strong motivations for the evil and mayhem they’re causing, but that also means I have to make sure that their every action and decision is logical and works toward their ultimate desire.

Suspense villains are very focused and very intense, which makes me work harder to make sure the conflict they cause is also very focused and intense. It makes the romance arc harder to include because I have to take into account the danger the hero and heroine are in, which doesn’t leave much room for hanging out or going on dates.

My biggest challenge in writing a romantic suspense is that I have to make sure that each character decision—whether it’s the villain, the hero, or the heroine—makes sense. In life or death situations, a stupid character is a dead character. I’m sure we’ve all rolled our eyes at the heroine who takes a walk alone at night without a flashlight when she knows there’s a serial killer on the loose in the neighborhood.

Because of the villain’s evil intent, I have to double check that every character action is logical and purposeful—including the villain’s actions. A stupid villain kind of ruins the whole story!

Sometimes my hero or heroine will do something not-so-smart because of false assumptions about themselves or other people or God, like Naomi’s desire to control everything because she hasn’t fully given herself to God and doesn’t trust in Him.

I hope I’ve managed to give strong motivations for all my characters’ actions in Deadly Intent. I had my critique partners AND my editors check to make sure, anyway.

It’s my hope that readers will relate to how Naomi’s faith is tested when conflict and danger surround her. I certainly wouldn’t wish a dead body on anyone in order to test their faith, but life always has trials, and I want my readers to be encouraged by the things Naomi comes to realize about herself and about God in the course of the story.

Thanks for having me here, Missy!


DEADLY INTENT back cover blurb:


The Grant family’s exclusive Sonoma spa is a place for rest and relaxation—not murder! Then Naomi Grant finds her client Jessica Ortiz bleeding to death in her massage room, and everything falls apart. The salon’s reputation is at stake...and so is Naomi’s freedom when she discovers that she is one of the main suspects! Her only solace is found with the other suspect—Dr. Devon Knightley, the victim’s ex-husband. But Devon is hiding secrets of his own. When they come to light, where can Naomi turn...and whom can she trust?


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 week, 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 for a huge website contest going on right now, giving away fourteen boxes of books and 30 copies of her latest release, DEADLY INTENT.


Camy Tang said...

Thanks so much for having me here Missy!

Missy Tippens said...

Camy, I was surpised to see you here so early, then realized you visited late last night. :)

I've enjoyed having you!

Project Journal said...

The interview was great. You know, I went to Walmart to pick up a copy of your book(because I had seen it and wanted to read it), but Walmart was all sold out! I asked if they had more out back and they didn't! Seeing this made me all the more curious to try out one of your books. I'm keeping an eye out for a copy. : )
I'm also in the process of trying to sign up for your group. I didn't know you had it. Plus, the contest is remarkable! Lol! There are so many books. I was looking at them and I have looked into getting a few of them before. Anyway, thank you!
Also, thanks Missy for having her on!

Missy Tippens said...

Hannah, thanks for entering!

Edwina said...


Thanks for having Camy as your guest! I always learn so much from her posts,blogs and website! Would love to win this book!

Missy Tippens said...

I agree, Edwina! She has so much great information.

I've got you entered!

Carmen7351 said...

I've read the first two chapters, and she has me hooked. Draws you right into the storyline, wanting more!

Missy Tippens said...

That's great to hear, Carmen! Thanks for stopping by and letting us know. I have Camy's book but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I can't wait!

Project Journal said...

I just wanted to let you know some bittersweet news...I went to Walmart to get your book, Camy, and they're all sold out! That's great news for you, but not so good for me! Anyway, just letting you know!

Jill Kemerer said...

Great interview! I agree the hero and heroine have to be written very smart or readers will not want to continue. And I'm smiling at the lack of dating time in a suspense--isn't that the truth! In fact, it seems as if the timeline for a suspense needs to be shorter in general.


Camy Tang said...

Thanks, guys!

Hannah, sorry about Walmart being sold out--they tend to do that pretty quick. You can also click here to go to my website and order via Amazon or

To sign up for my newsletter, it's through YahooGroups (click here to join) so if your computer has some problems with YahooGroups, just email me at camy {at} camytang {dot} com and I can help you out.


Missy Tippens said...

We have a winner! Edwina, you won the drawing for Camy's book! I'll email you for your address. :)


Project Journal said...

Thanks Camy...
I signed up for yahoogroups and I think/hope it worked lol!

Missy, my surgery on first hand was today. It went pretty well. I am doing pretty well considering I can't use my right hand : )

Missy Tippens said...

Hannah, I'm so glad you checked in! I'm glad it went well.

I have to ask. Is the carpel tunnel problem from texting too much?? :)

Project Journal said...

Lol Missy! I really don't think so. My sister and I just got texting on our phones. The docs don't know why I would've gotten it. Here's a better update though it is a bit long:
The surgery went well. Apparently my skin is very thick so it was difficult for Dr. Riley to cut through. The incision ended up being about 3 inches long. There are a ton of stitches. My whole palm is bruised and swollen a bit. My fingers are swollen too. Overall, it doesn't hurt too badly. It does have a burning sensation, but it's bearable. I have to work on moving my fingers curled in and straight. If I don't, the swelling will become scar tissue and stay there, leaving me with sausage fingers! Lol! That makes me laugh....I also have to try and keep my wrist straight or it will stay bent forever.
I had the bandage changed yesterday. Now there is only a little gauze bandage on the stitches and then a bigger one over that, it reminds me of the biggest bandages you can buy. Then, I wear this glove-thing that will help the swelling. Then, my wrist brace that helps keep my wrist a bit straighter and adds anothher layer of support. Then, when I go out, I have to wear a sling to keep it close to my body.
I go back on the 19th to get the stitches out. I will be going back on the 27th for the surgery on my left wrist. This is the second day of school. So, I will be missing the 2nd day and probably/maybe the 3rd day too.
We feel like it was the right decision to have the surgery and we were reassured. Dr. Riley talked to my mom after surgery and told her that once she got inside, everything was VERY tight. She said that we definitely made the right decision. If we hadn't done surgery, it would have been hard for me and damaging because I really did need the surgery. So, in a weird way we were glad to hear this : )
Sorry it's so long. I'm just trying to update all my friends and everyone that knows about the surgery.

Missy Tippens said...

Hannah, thanks for the update! I hope you can get caught up quickly in school.

Sounds like it'll be worth it once you're all healed, though. I'm glad you're doing well.


Project Journal said...

Oh my goodness I hope so too! I'm really worried because all of my classes are AP(advanced placement) this year! Ahhh! I've been praying a lot lately though and am sure that God will help to see me through all of this. It's so comforting to know that tomorrow I get to go to churc for the first time since surgery and see everyone. They will all be gla to see me : )
It's just such a safe feeling environment, you know?