Monday, March 24, 2008

Serials and Scenarios- Camy, Trish and Only Uni

Hi! I’m Trish Sakai. Kelly asked me to guest blog today because she knows my friend Camy Tang. Camy says I’m only a fictional character, but don’t listen to her, she’s nuts.

Anyway, I love memes and thought I’d do a meme for my guest blog post today!

3 things that scare me:

1. Not fitting into my $500 Bebe dress
2. Making Grandma mad
3. Making my cousin Venus mad (I’m not sure which is worse, Grandma or Venus. I think Grandma.)

3 (groups of) people who make me laugh:

1. My cousins, Lex, Venus, and Jenn.
2. The old ladies at Katsu Towers—they’re hilarious when you can get them away from the K-dramas on TV
3. My coworker Spenser (sometimes. Other times, he’s a royal pain in the butt)

3 things I love:

1. Reading historical romance novels
2. Shopping
3. Taking classes at the local community college

3 things I hate:

1. Cleaning
2. Exercise (it’s a love/hate thing)
3. My roommate Marnie (she’s gone completely whacko! I don’t know what to do)

3 things I do not understand:

1. My roommate Marnie
2. My coworker Spenser
3. Grandma (why can’t she just leave my love life alone?!)

3 absolute favorite foods:

1. Coffee! And lots of it.
2. Cherries Garcia ice cream
3. My cousin Jenn’s homemade chocolate truffles

3 things I am doing right now:

1. Blogging
2. Trying to motivate myself to go running sometime today
3. Needing to go to the bathroom (darn all that coffee)

3 things I want to do before I die:

1. Travel to Japan! I know Japanese pretty well.
2. Regain my chastity and become completely focused on God (I’m pretty sure my three Corinthian Rules are going to work, despite what Jenn says)
3. Go on a shopping spree in New York (yeah, when I win a million dollars ...)

3 things I can do:

1. Speak Japanese almost fluently
2. Sing (sort of—I like to sing, but I’m not that great at it)
3. Play with kids

3 ways to describe my personality.

1. Fun
2. Positive
3. Fearless

3 things I can't do:

1. Stand up to Grandma the way Lex and Venus do
2. Stop looking at guys! No, I should be more positive—my three Corinthian Rules are GOING TO WORK!
3. Pat my head and rub my tummy at the same time

3 beverages I drink regularly:

1. Coffee
2. Coffee
3. Coffee

3 things I really want to do:

1. Be a better Christian
2. Prove myself to my cousins
3. Get Grandma off my back

Thanks for letting me be here, Kelly!



Despite what Trish says, she really is a fictional character in the head of Camy Tang, the loud Asian chick who writes loud Asian chick lit. She (Camy, not Trish) 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 Camy for a huge website contest going on right now, giving away five boxes of books and 25 copies of her latest release, ONLY UNI.

Kelly's Review of Only Uni:

Camy Tang has risen to a challenge and conquered.
Trish is one of the quad of "oldest single cousins" in a family run by an iron fisted/velvet gloved grandma. Camy's challenge? To make Trish a lovable character.

I'll admit, the first couple of chapters didn't win me over. The poor girl is her own worst enemy. I struggled with her faith walk that sure didn't include a whole lot of walking the talk. Trish is a lot like a huge crowd of Christians, the ones who feast on cheap grace and anything the world serves up as long as it looks really tasty.

But, by the end of the book I quit wanting to slap Trish and started wanting to hug her. I even teared up.

Now I can't wait for book three. The first chapter is included at the end of Only Uni and the focus will be "tell it like it is" Venus. I love this crazy family. Don't forget to read the glossary, Camy even makes a cultural study fun. A blast for chick-lit lovers. Also a good one for those who have messed up on Christianity so many times they don't even know if they want to keep trying. Full of grace, forgiveness, sweetness and laughs.
Warning to parents: this book, though Christian, covers some heavy duty themes. Read it first or at least read more reviews before letting your daughters loose with it. There are consequences to actions, but some of the actions are pretty edgy if you are used to "gentler" Christian fiction.