Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Sylvia Bambola

It's a privilege to host this awesome author today on the Barn Door Book Loft! Welcome, Sylvia! Can you tell us . . .

Is there a story behind your book The Salt Covenants?
In 1493 the Inquisition affected everyone, especially Jews. This caught my interest when I began noticing the current rise in anti-Semitism. The thing about history is that it seems to repeat itself. So, I wanted to better understand why people who say they love the Lord behaved this way toward God’s chosen people so that in this present day challenge I’d be more equipped to handle it. I believe a day is coming when, we, Christians will be called to take a stand on behalf of our Jewish brothers and sisters.

I'd say you're right about that. What started you on your writing journey? 
The love of story telling. As a girl, my friends and I would sit around and make up stories. And from that time on, I was hooked. I began writing my first novel in eighth grade, which of course was never finished, having lacked the discipline for such a long project. But I began writing in earnest when I became a stay-at-home mom. And I’ve been writing ever since.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Isabel is the main character and the one that obviously interested me most. As a young woman she is forced to marry a man she does not love and then move far away from her family and relocate to a land few knew little about (The New World). I enjoyed exploring how these situations would change her character or tax her new faith in her Messiah, Jesus.  It was interesting to watch her grow, and be stretched, and to struggle to find love. In many ways, we are all stretched by situations in our life, and who does not want to be loved? And like Isabel, we can either become better because of these trials or bitter.

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
Without doubt, Michelangelo. His desire was to glorify God through his work. I can identify since that is mine as well. I can also identify with his frustration in his art, believing it could always use more work, but then finally having to let it go. I think those are universal feelings for a Christian artist, no matter the medium.

Good choice! What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Oh, my. So many things: my family (even thinking about my family makes me smile!), friends, old movies, being in church, the sunset, flowers, a baby, funny stories, seeing other people I love happy . . . .

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
For me it’s a no-brainer. The number one reason for loving my area is that my family lives nearby. Of course the sunshine and wonderful weather doesn’t hurt either! Yep, I live in sunny Florida and love it! I don’t even mind the summers, which many say are unbearable. After all, when it gets really hot and humid there’s always air conditioning. I also love the fact that there is water practically everywhere you go, either the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean and there is nothing as peaceful or beautiful as the sun setting over water.

:) Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? 
I never used to do this, but I find that as I get older I seem to put off cleaning my house. I remember in younger days I’d do both spring and fall cleaning: stripping curtains, waxing floors, washing walls, etc. Now I think I’m really accomplishing something when I pull out the vacuum. I still crave order, so if you were to come to my house unannounced you’d generally find it tidy. On the other hand, you’d find a few dust bunnies without much trouble. The truth is, instead of waxing floors I’d rather be writing, or reading, or lunching with friends, or . . . .

Lol. Always do the important things first! I so agree. Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Without a doubt my time as a young girl in Germany inspired my second novel, Refiner’s Fire. I saw first hand what war could do to a country. It was devastated. I still have memories of bombed out buildings with nothing left except a wall or two. When I coupled that with the fact that I was born in Rumania and was adopted, it generated the “what if” questions that led me to actually writing Refiner’s Fire.

Interesting! Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)  
One of my favorite verses of Scripture is Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” It is the scripture I recite everyday upon rising. It helps me remember that God has created this day, that there will be no other like it and that He is in control. Just knowing that makes me rejoice and be glad and enjoy the day.

A very good one and a good motto to live by. When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book will be coming out January 2016 or possibly sooner, depending on my schedule. Since the settings of my last two historical novels have been outside the US, I decided to make the backdrop of the next one, Pennsylvania. It involves sisters and their various struggles which include both love and danger.

We're so looking forward to that one too! Thanks for joining us!

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About Sylvia:
Sylvia Bambola was born in Romania but lived her early years in Germany, a Germany still reeling from the devastation of World War II.   At age seven she relocated with her adopted military family, and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time.  But the memory of those years in Germany lingered and was the inspiration behind her second novel, Refiner’s Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist.

Life as an “army brat” gave her the opportunity to live in several states, including Hawaii. Then came nursing school in New York after which she married and began a family. Raising two children and being the wife of a business executive made for an active life.  So did working in marketing for a telecommunications company, then a medical software company.

Bambola is the author of seven published novels and currently calls sunny Florida, home.  She has two grown children; has been a guest speaker at Women’s Aglow and various church functions; is a Bible study teacher at her church; and is learning to play the guitar. You can read more about her and her books at

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SYLVIA is giving away a copy of THE SALT COVENANT. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!

Caroline Brown


cjajsmommy said...

I found your interview to be quite interesting, interesting enough that I went back a day and read your excerpt. Historical novels are not something that I generally read, but realizing that this about some Jewish who has found her Messiah, this has made me eager to read your book. Will you be doing research here in Pennsylvania for your next book? Living here, I am a real stickler for facts, particularly when I was a proofreader. I read one book set in my area as well as the area where I lived prior to moving here and he had his facts so wrong. His roads were wrong (let me just say that I-83 ends in Baltimore, there is no way you will ever travel that road to DC) and I let the editor know about these errors. I was eager to see the book when it was published to make sure my corrections were addressed. They weren't. I felt so ashamed for the author (who was actually a somewhat famous person). Any way, if you need help with some facts about PA in my neck of the woods, I'll be glad to lend a hand. Oh, and please enter my name to win a copy of your book. cjajsmommy [at] gmail [dot] com

Deb R.

Sylvia Bambola said...

Deb, how kind your offer is! However, my next book, though centered in PA and incorporating real historical facts, is set in a fictitious town/towns just because I wanted to avoid the pitfalls you mentioned (getting names of roads wrong, etc.)yet maintains the true character of the times. Thank you for your interest and good luck in the drawing. Blessings!

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful interview with Sylvia! I would LOVE to read THE SALT COVENANTS.


Boos Mum said...

Another new author to me. Have added her books to my wishlist. Great interview. I also put off house cleaning. Though some of my dust bunnies scare me.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Deanna Stevens said...

would love to read this.. I too start my day with Psalm 118:24 :)
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Sylvia Bambola said...

Caryl Kane it was a pleasure to be hosted here, and best wishes in the drawing!

Martha Sturm said...

An interesting story concept. Will have to read this book.
Sounds like the author has led a very interesting life.

Sylvia Bambola said...

Boos Mum glad I'm not alone among the dust bunnies! And thank you for your interest. Writers always LOVE new readers! Blessings.

Sylvia Bambola said...

Deanna Stevens welcome to the Ps 118:24 club! It really is a great way to start the day, though other scriptures are just as powerful. The main thing is that we start the day with our wonderful LORD. Blessings!

Sylvia Bambola said...

Martha Sturm, so glad you think the story line interesting! Best wishes in the drawing and blessings!

Anonymous said...

Love the story behind the story!
sylvesternator at yahoo dot com

Sylvia Bambola said...

Laura Pol, appreciate your interest! Blessings.

Robin Bunting said...

The interview was great, as always. The Preacher's Faith blurb sounds like a hoot. ty for a chance to win a copy.

Anonymous said...

Historical fiction is my favorite type of book, Authors who do their research to make it as accurate as possible are really important to me.This book really sounds good. I would love to read it. I live in Pennsylvania so I would be very interested in reading your next book as well.
Deanne Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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