Sunday, July 24, 2011

with Tom Blubough

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Tom!
Is there a story behind this book?

Yes. Both of my grandfathers died before I was born. I knew very little about either of them. I did know two things about my paternal grandfather, he was a Jew and he was a Russian Cossack soldier*. This always intrigued me. The older I got, the more I longed for a grandfather especially when I became a grandfather—I now have fourteen grandchildren. When my mother died I was left with only one relative on her side of the family who is older than I. I decided it was time to create my own grandfather and develop a heritage for myself and my heirs.

*Cossacks were members of several peasant groups of Russian and Polish descent. They lived in autonomous communal settlements, mostly in the Ukraine, until the early 20th century. In return for special privileges, they served in the cavalry under the czars. They were well known for their horsemanship. They raided villages for supplies, women and young men to increase or replenish their ranks. Eventually they became a part of the Russian army.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I like Christian fiction –action/adventure and historical, in particular westerns. James Scott Bell and Louis L’Amour are my favorites. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think the Left Behind series collectively would be my favorite.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
For inspiration, I would be contemporary Gospel. For traveling on the road, I would be classic oldies but goodies.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I’ll have to take the definition of way out for my answer. When I was fifteen I was swimming in a river with a bunch of buddies. We were wondering how deep the river was. I decided to find out by hauling a large rock on an inner tube to the middle of the river. I wrapped my arms around the rock and pulled off the tube. I rode it down until it got so dark and cold it scared me. I had a vision of a large fish waiting for me to drop into its mouth. I let go of the rock and I didn’t think I was ever going to break the water for air. I never found out how deep the river was and I decided I didn’t care.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Confronting a person about something they did that bothers me.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Grampa Tom’s Salmon Patties.

One can of pink salmon, one egg, One tube of saltines (1/4 box), Olive oil.

Break egg in bowl, pour in entire can of salmon, crumble crackers aggressively (great for relieving tension), shape into patties (usually makes 6 – 8 patties. Pour oil in cast iron skillet (enough to cover bottom) and heat on medium.

Put four patties in and let fry till crisp, turn over, and fry till crisp. Repeat for second four patties.

Serve with corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and peas.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
I spent a lot of time reading about how to find God’s will for my life. I could never figure it out until I read Prov. 16:9—A man’s mind plans his way, but God directs his steps. A few days later I read Prov. 19:21—In a man’s heart are many ideas, but God’s purpose will prevail. From then on I planned and let God direct. I call it my scripture sandwich—I walk between these two verses.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I am well into a sequel for Night of the Cossack. It will probably be a year before I’m finished. I’m taking the summer off from writing and working on marketing my name and my book. I’ll start writing again when it starts getting cold.

You can purchase The Night of the Cossack from Amazon.

Tom is giving away a copy of The Night of the Cossack. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Yvonne Blake said...

This is very interesting! I'd love to read the story of your grandfather.

Marianne said...

i loved the interview, Esther and Tom. Thanks and also, thanks for the giveaway. i enjoy reading about other cultures, and i think this one would qualify. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com from Peace River, Alberta

ann said...

Sounds like a great book that I would enjoy reading

amhengst AT verizon DOT net

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very good book.


Charity U said...

Please enter me! Sounds very interesting.

Pam K. said...

I would very much enjoy reading this book and then passing it on to my teenage son.
The interview with Tom was very interesting. Thanks for featuring this book and for the giveaway.


apple blossom said...

Please include me in this giveaway

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Judy said...

I'm not entering this contest. I just wanted to pop in and tell you that I have read this book. I can't tell you what a great read it is.

Good luck to everyone who entered!

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