An important reading event in my life.

I have to say that the most momentous reading moment in my life was when I read Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey.

I had read lots of other books and loved them—The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and many others on my bookshelf.

But when I read Dragonsong, I suddenly discovered a desire to write my own stories down.

It was so strong that I commandeered our old Apple IIe computer (anybody remember those?) and started writing a story set in a fantasy world of my own. With pastel colored unicorns and rainbow bridges and all—I kid you not!

It ended up being 400,000 words long (or so) and it was awful. Truly horrible. But the writing bug had bit, and I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.

I think I would have still started writing after reading some other story, but Dragonsong has a special place in my heart because of what it sparked.

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 for a huge website contest going on right now, giving away ten boxes of books and 30 copies of her latest release, SINGLE SASHIMI.

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5 Responses to “Saturdays in the Nook with Camy Tang!”

  1. Camy Tang Says:

    Thanks for having me on your blog, Amy!

  2. Tina Says:

    Very cool Camy. I decided to write after reading a YA romance by Rosamunde DuJordan in my teens.

  3. Sandra Says:

    Hi Camy, Loved the story of your first novel. 400,000 words. What an ambitious child and look how much trouble it kept you out of.

    Do you feel good about accomplishing your childhood dream and becoming a writer when you grew up? I love your writing. Single Sashimi is a great read.

  4. Sheri (Lynn Rush) Boeyink Says:

    I first got the bug to write after reading Frank Peretti’s “This Present Darkness.” It’s just so much fun to create worlds and characters all your own. It’s been a run ride thus far.

    Thanks for the post, Camy.


    Thank you

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