Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Friend Tom - Interview & Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome debut novelist Tom Blubaugh to the blog to talk about his newly-released historic, Night of the Cossacks. Tom recently demonstrated his amazing courage by joining a historical list I belong to that has, now, one male member. =) You're a brave soul, Tom!

Tom has generously offered a copy of his novel to one lucky reader, so as usual, please leave your comment below for a chance to win, along with an email address.


About Night of the Cossack

“In Night of the Cossack, Tom Blubaugh has created an interesting fictional account of a young boy facing a series of tough life-or-death decisions when forced into the life of a Cossack soldier.  Readers are sure to be entertained by this tale of Nathan Hertzfield’s life, his struggle to maintain the upstanding character and morality set forth by his mother.”  Michelle Buckman, Christy Award Finalist


About Tom

Tom Blubaugh, author of Night of the Cossack, is a freelance writer.  He has written nonfiction most of his adult life.  He resides with his wife Barbara in southwest Missouri where he is currently writing fiction.  Tom and Barbara have six children and fourteen grandchildren.  In addition to writing, Tom loves macro photography.


What's your latest book?

Night of the Cossack, Bound by Faith Publishers, April 6, 2011

It sounds so interesting! What's your favorite part of the story?

When Nathan and his captor develop a healthy relationship.

What was the hardest part to write?

A betrayal.

Those can definitely be tough.What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

That life is a series of choices and right choices eventually will bring right results.

Is there a theme to this book?

Adventure and survival.

What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

Historical fiction.  Western adventure.

What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

Sitka by Louis L’Amour 

The Sovereign’s Daughter by Susan May Warren and Susan K. Downs

Other than the Bible, what's your favorite of all the books you've ever read?

Pilgram’s Progress

Would you believe I've never read that (I'm ashamed to say)? What's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?
‘My enthusiasm turns people off.’ (go figure)

LOL. What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?
A glassed in studio sitting 100’ about a winding river through the Ozark country side.

A 12 x 15 room filled with books, collectibles and pictures.

What lessons have you learned through the publication process that you wouldn't have guessed as a pre-published writer?
It’s as hard for a small independent publisher to get a book in a bookstore as it is for a writer to get a manuscript read.

Are there any people (family, writing group, editors) who you rely on when writing?
My critique group.  They’re invaluable.

Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?
Family and volunteer work.

If someone were to give you $5,000 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy? (No saving or gifts to charities allowed!)
An Alaskan cruise.

Hey, my parents are going on one of those soon! What writing goal have you set for yourself that would be the hardest (or unlikeliest) but most rewarding to achieve?
An autobiography.

Do you remember where you were when you got your first or most important call about a book contract?

Eating lunch at Panera Bread.

Yummy. =) If you could take your family on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Europe.  In particular France, Italy and Odessa, Ukraine on the Black Sea.

Surprise, right? ;-) What are you writing right now?

A sequel to Night of the Cossack.

Is there another author who has greatly influenced your writing?

Michelle Buckman.


Thanks so much for stopping by, Tom! Readers you can read the first chapter at Tom's website, http://tomblubaugh.com. Purchase the book straight from the publisher at http://boundbyfaithpublishers.com!

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 5/10/11. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Would love to read it!

  2. I love historical fiction. We are a homeschool family and read all the time. What draws me to this book is the betrayal part. Can't wait to read how it is handled.

  3. Oops, sorry! I forgot my email.


  4. Please toss my name into the hat.


  5. thanks for the opportunity to read this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. My son would find this book interesting!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com