"KING OF THE WEEK"
Let me pour you some lavender tea and we'll get started. We have Boston cream pie for dessert today. I made it this morning.
Where do you live? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
TOM: I live in southwest Missouri about an hour north of Branson. I say this because it seems most people, or at least a lot, know where Branson is. I was raised in a small town in southeast KS. I began writing poetry at age fourteen. I have written nonfiction most of my adult life. I self-published my first book Behind the Scenes of the Bus Ministry in 1974. I wrote articles for denominational and business magazines from 1975 through 1995. Then I co-wrote The Great Adventure for Barbour Publishing Co. in 2009. Bound by Faith Publishers published my first fiction Night of the Cossack in April, 2011. I’m married to Barbara. We have six children and fourteen grandchildren. Both of us are now retired. I have been a public speaker for 40 years. I was a self-employed entrepreneur from1973 to 1995 and retired in 2004. I devote most of my time to writing and volunteer work.
Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?
TOM: Both. It really doesn’t matter much at this time as the author is the marketer.
What are your hobbies?
TOM: I enjoy reading and photography. Sometimes cooking. We have a family brunch once a month and all of our kids in the area usually show up. I do all of the cooking. I have a rule, “you can order your eggs any way you want them, but you have to take them any way you get them.”
Tell us about your current book. What was your inspiration?
TOM: The Night of the Cossack is a historical fiction about my grandfather who was a Cossack soldier in Russia. He died a year before I was born and I know very little about him. Actually, both of my grandfathers died before I was born. It was important to me to have a grandfather. My novel fills a hole in my life.
How did you become a writer? When did you start?
TOM: I started writing poetry when I was fourteen. The real truth is the fact I was too shy to express my feelings to girls I liked so I wrote poems to them. Later I thought I might be able to turn them into song lyrics for rock and roll singers. This didn’t develop. A classmate who received one of my poems says she still has it in her diary after 57 years.
How long did it take you to finish your first book?
TOM: My first book, Behind the Scenes of the Bus Ministry was actually two term papers I combined. My first fiction, Night of the Cossack, took five years. It required a lot of researching.
Where do you like to write?
TOM: Anywhere that is quiet and peaceful—on the deck of a Cruise ship is the most enjoyable.
TOM: Andrew Klavan, Louis L’Amour, Tom Clancy and James Scott Bell.
How many books have you written, so far? Do you plan to write more?
TOM: I have written, co-written and guest written four books at this time. Yes, I do plan to write more. I’m in the process of a sequel to Night of the Cossack.
Would you like to share a link where we can purchase your books?
TOM: My book, Night of the Cossack, can be purchased on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Author's Den and a signed copy, with free shipping to an address in the USA, on my website http://nightofthecossack.com.
It's been such a pleasure to get to know you, Tom. I wish you all the success with your sequel!
Tom Blubaugh, Author of Night of the Cossack--Read the first chapter get a signed copy by ordering here. FREE shipping in USA. Published by Bound by Faith Publishers.
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Co-author of The Great Adventure published by Barbour Publishing. (out of print).