Interview with Camy Tang/Camille Elliot and a Giveaway

I am so pleased to invite Camy Tang/Camille Elliot to my blog today for an interview, and she has graciously offered an opportunity for someone to win a signed copy of her new regency novel, Prelude for a Lord (entry details will be at the end of this post). If you haven’t had a chance to read it, it is a wonderful book filled with music, romance, and intrigue. You can also read my review of the novel HERE.

So far, the novels you have written have all been romantic suspense. Why the move to regency romance?

 I’ve loved Regency romance since I was 13 years old and have read them ever since. The Regencies I’ve read have almost numbered in the thousands! I also read a lot of Regency research books just for fun because I loved the time period so much, but I never really thought I’d write a Regency since I had so many other projects going on.

Then my editor at Zondervan at the time, Sue Brower, dared me to write a Regency. She and I both love reading them and like to talk about books we’ve read recently that we liked. One day we were talking and she said I should write one to fulfill the next book in my contract. I’d had this idea about a recluse musician in my head for a while, so I started working on Prelude for a Lord and it just came together.

Alethea  Sutherton is such a fascinating character. What was your inspiration for developing her personality and love of the violin?

 It’s kind of strange, but I had the idea for her character and for Dommick’s in my head for a really long time. I’m not sure where they came from, but I could picture the scene of them playing together for the first time, and how it makes each of them change their perspective of the other. The book sort of built itself from that one scene.

 Also, I love music myself even though I’m not a very good musician. However, I can appreciate it and wanted to show the beauty of music through words. It was a really great experience for me to write those scenes.

 What theme or message do you hope readers pick up on in Prelude for a Lord?

 God loves you absolutely, deeply, completely. You are not alone.

 Can you tell us about any future projects we can look forward to?

 I’m right this minute working on a Regency novella that will be published in the third Inspy Kisses anthology, set to release in December, tentatively titled Mistletoe Kisses. I’m also planning to write 3 more books in the Prelude series, either with Zondervan or self-published.

 What does a typical writing day look like for you? Any interesting writing habits?

 I’m a bit ashamed to admit this, but I am a terrible night owl. I mean, TERRIBLE. I do my best work after midnight. No joke. So I typically go to bed really late and get up around noon. I’ll do email, some marketing, and then write or plot until my husband comes home, and then after he goes to bed, I’m up writing some more.

Do you have any advice for beginning writers?

 Everyone learns differently, but for me, I read a lot about how to write. I took Fiction 101 and Fiction 201 from Randy Ingermanson (, I read and re-read Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain, I read hundreds of writing articles, and I took some online classes with Margie Lawson (her Empowering Character Emotions class or lecture packet is absolutely fantastic:

 I also read a lot in the genre I wanted to be published in, and for the publishers I was targeting (reading Love Inspired Suspense novels was especially helpful for me to get my manuscript accepted by them).


And just for fun:

 What are the top two things on your bucket list?

 Go to Italy, which I will hopefully do in a couple years for a family vacation with my parents.

Go back to England, which I will hopefully do next year.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

 A writer. 🙂 But it was either that or a physicist. (Yeah, I know.) Math in college killed me so I moved to biology. (Yeah, I know!) Then I started writing while I was working as a biologist and realized that was what I wanted to do with my life.

What is your favorite dessert?

Malasadas (they’re a Portuguese donut popular in Hawaii)

If you could meet any person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Jane Austen! Hands down. I LOVE her books.

What is your favorite book?

Persuasion by Jane Austen. I re-read it at least once a year. That letter at the end is the most romantic thing I’ve ever read. EVER.



And finally, What is your favorite Bible verse?

Philippians 3:7-11. I love how it reminds me to completely surrender to God.

If you would like to learn more about Camy Tang/Camille Elliot and her books, you can visit the following links:

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About the Giveaway: 

This giveaway has now ended. Thank you to those who entered.


To enter into the drawing for a signed copy of Prelude for a Lord, please comment on this post (you can tell us who you would like to meet if you could meet anyone or what your favorite regency novel is) and include your email in a safe format (name(at)website(dot)com).

U.S. winners are eligible to win a signed copy of the book, Prelude for a Lord. International winners will receive a free eBook copy through kindle, nook, kobo or iBooks.

Contest is open until September 9, 2014 at midnight. I will select a winner through on September 10 and they will be contacted by e-mail. Please respond in 48 hours, or another winner will be selected.


57 thoughts on “Interview with Camy Tang/Camille Elliot and a Giveaway

    1. If nothing else, you can always count on Jane Austen for a good regency novel!

      Consider yourself entered (but I’ll need an e-mail address to contact you if you win. You can post it here or send it to me through my contact page if you are more comfortable with that)


  1. I never read a Regency novel before, but this one sounds really good 🙂
    I would absolutely love to read it!

    Please enter me for the giveaway:
    sbissonnettes_23 at videotron dot ca


  2. I’ve read many good things about this book on goodreads. Would love the chance to win this read. If I could meet anyone right now today it would be Jane Goodall. christyjc(at)bellsouth(dot)net


  3. I loved Redeeming Love and have just discovered Karen Witemeyer’s books but I’m not sure if they would be considered regency or not…I also hope to read Pride and Prejudice next month! I haven’t yet read a Jane Austen novel but have them all in my TBR pile!

    Thanks for enterting me!


    1. Hi Bonnie, thanks for stopping by! I added your name to the drawing.

      Redeeming Love and Karen Witemeyer’s books are all super good books (although not regency). I hope you enjoy Pride and Prejudice. I have to admit that I haven’t read that one, but I have watched the movie :). The couple Jane Austen books I have read (Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion) I really enjoyed, so I hope you enjoy your first Jane Austen.


    1. I do really like Persuasion as well, although the only other one I’ve read is Sense and Sensibility (I know I should add the other ones to my list of books to read soon…). I added your name to the drawing 🙂


  4. Thank you for this chance! I loved reading the interview 🙂 If I could, I’d love to meet Jane Austen! She’s my favourite author and I LOVE “Pride and Prejudice”, definitely my favourite book! 😉

    newyorkgirl82(at)gmail(dot)com I’m international 🙂


  5. Camy had me from the Sushi series, so I’m looking forward to reading this new side of her! Love mystery but love the Regency type too! Wouldn’t we all like to meet Jane!?

    Simplyliz2001 (at) yahoo (dot) com


    1. You’re right, who wouldn’t want to meet Jane? 🙂 I’ve only read a novella from any of Camy’s suspense writing (although Sushi for One? is sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read). But Prelude for a Lord is amazing and I am definitely looking forward to more regency novels from her.


  6. Persuasion is an awesome choice. It’s one of the few Jane Austen books I like. Awesome interview !!!! Can’t wait to read your book. Now, I need to find a store near me that sells malasadas.


    1. Thanks for stopping by Yemi! I was quite intrigued by the malasadas as well. They sound tasty!

      If you are entering the giveaway, I need an e-mail address to contact you with if your name is drawn.


  7. My favorite regency novel is, without a doubt, Pride & Prejudice. And since Jen Turano has been mentioned, I must say that her books are pretty great! 🙂

    I’m looking forward to reading this book, Camy! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com


  8. Lovely interview! I like Camy´s contemporary “Sushi” romance series a lot, and I think her newest book must be great as well!

    As for the regency novels – could I recommend author Georgette Heyer? I just LOVE her sense of humour. I would love to meet her heroine Lady Barbara Childe from “An Infamous Army” book.

    Thanks for the giveaway!



  9. I would love to win this book! My favorite regency novel is The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen. If I could meet anyone? I’d love to meet my favorite author, Lynn Austin. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    missemmajaneanderson(at) gmail(dot) com


    1. Julie Klassen is such a wonderful author. I enjoy her novels quite a bit. I’ve yet to read a novel by Lynn Austin. Someone recently recommended her novels to me so I’m hoping to read one soon.

      Thanks for stopping by and entering in the giveaway 🙂


  10. I recently read PFAL and I loved it. I’m big on historical fiction these days, and this is one of my favorites read this year. There are way too many people that I’d like to meet one day but right now I would love to sit down with George R.R. Martin and asks him a few questions.


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Lekeisha! I have you entered into the giveaway.

      I haven’t gotten into Game of Thrones, but I did hear that he writes on a really old computer, and I found that quite interesting.


  11. As a writer who aspires to some day write historical fiction, I would love to sit down with Jane Austen and do one-on-one research for her time period. She would be able to provide me with such rich detail! And it wouldn’t hurt if she could bring along Mr. Darcy. Thanks so much for an interesting interview. Hoping to be a winner in your giveaway!

    Sherrey Meyer


    1. Thanks for entering, Sherry. You are quite right, sitting down with anyone from the time period (in this case Jane Austen) we want to write would be so helpful. I kind of wonder what they would think about historical fiction if they read it.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Amber, but I will need an e-mail address to contact you with if your name is drawn.

      I often think fictional characters could be the most interesting to meet, they lead such fascinating lives.


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