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Short Bio:

Camy Tang grew up in Hawaii and now lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious mutt, Snickers. She used to be a biologist, but now she writes full time, is a staff worker for her church youth group, and leads a worship team for Sunday service. She loves knitting, running, and reading.

Medium Bio:

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Out now is her humorous contemporary romance series, the Sushi series, and her romantic suspense novels from Love Inspired Suspense. Camy grew up in Hawaii and now lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She graduated from Stanford University and worked as a biologist researcher for 9 years, but now she writes full-time. In her free time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. She belongs to several writers’ groups including American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Sushi for One? won first place in the Debut Author category and second place in the Chick lit category of the 2008 ACFW Book of the Year awards, Single Sashimi finaled in the Chick lit category of the 2009 ACFW Book of the Year awards, and Deadly Intent finaled in the Inspirational category of Oklahoma RWA’s 2010 National Readers Choice Award. On her blog, she ponders knitting, spinning wool, dogs, running, the Never Ending Diet, and other frivolous things. Visit her website at http://www.camytang.com/ to read free short stories and subscribe to her quarterly newsletter.

Long Bio:

I am a fourth generation Japanese American married to a third generation Chinese American (hence my Chinese last name). I grew up in Wahiawa, Hawai’i, a small town right in the center of the island of O’ahu. My family is still there, but they love to fly up to California to visit on the way to Las Vegas. I majored in Psychology and took pre-med Biology and Chemistry classes at Stanford University. I decided not to go to Medical School (I realize now I would have sucked as a doctor), and instead worked as a biologist researcher for nine years (I know, I know, biologist to novelist? Yes, I’m weird). I did compound development studies for a major pharmaceutical company and product development and method-of-action studies for a smaller biotech company. Incidentally, for several years, I lived with a coworker who had bought her house on her own, and she gave me all her house-hunting horror stories, which made it into Trish’s rental house in Only Uni. I left biology work in 2005 and now I write full-time. I’ve loved to write ever since Junior High, but I put it aside because I felt convicted that my motives were not pure—I was more interested in being a published author than in serving God and writing for His honor and glory. But in 2003 I felt God’s calling to write again, and I’ve been loving every minute. If you want to write, check out my For Writers page. I used to play coed volleyball twice a week, but I tore my ACL twice. Yeah, not doing that again. I wrote about Lex in Sushi for One from my own experience, so all that surgery stuff is totally true! My husband still plays volleyball. Between the two of us, we have had 6 surgeries and 7 physical therapists. Since the beginning of 2009, I’ve started running. I did the Couch to 5K running training program, which takes you from a couch potato to running a 5K in about 9 weeks (it took me several weeks longer than just nine...). Then in May 2010 I started the Jeff Galloway Run-Walk method and that’s when I really started to actually love running. I’m shocked. And maybe a little loco. But if I’m having fun, well, I’d rather be crazy. I ran my very first marathon on December 12th, 2010, in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the past few years, I’ve gotten into knitting and also spinning wool into yarn. I love it! I always have a sock project with me and I’m doing more lace knitting lately (Victorian Lace Today is my favorite book!). My husband and I are staff workers with our youth group at an Asian Christian church in the San Francisco Bay Area. Teens are fun and surprising and a blessing. We also lead a worship team for our church, mostly comprised of teen musicians. I’ve been working with teens since 1996, so all the youth group scenes from Single Sashimi are based on true experiences! My husband and I adopted our dog Snickers from the Santa Clara animal shelter. She is 50 pounds of pure energy. She has a huge pain threshold and can run full-tilt into doors, pick herself up and take off again. My parents affectionately call her their "granddoggie." When I first started writing, I didn’t know if God was going to allow my novels to be published, but the entire experience has taught me more about entirely, completely, totally depending upon Him, and submitting to Him aspects of my life that I never realized I was trying to keep control over. A lot of that struggle is mirrored in my characters’ struggles in my books. Now, I try to trust in His plans for me—I know that what I write is for Him to use for His own agenda. He knows how He wants to use me, so I just need to go with the flow.

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