Multi-genre author Susan Whitfield uses gruesome weapons, strong women, quirky characters and humor in her novels. Her published mysteries include Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck,Hell Swamp, & Sin Creek. Killer Recipes cookbook is also available. Her first women's fiction, Slightly Cracked, released in October in digital and print. She interviews authors from every genre on her blog. For more information, go to www.susanwhitfieldonline.com
Tom Blubaugh was raised in a small town in southeast KS. He
began writing poetry at age fourteen. Tom has written nonfiction writer most of
his adult life. He self-published his first book Behind the Scenes of the Bus Ministry in 1974.Tom wrote articles for denominational and
business magazinesfrom 1975 through
1995. He co-wrote The Great Adventure
for Barbour Publishing Co. in 2009. Bound by Faith Publishers published his
first fiction Night of the Cossack in
April, 2011. Tom is married to Barbara. They have six children and fourteen
grandchildren. Both are retired. Tom has been public speaker for 40 years. He
was a self-employed entrepreneur from1973
to 1995. Tom retired in 2004 and has devoted most of his time to writing and volunteer
Describe your writing in three words.
Hard, interesting and rewarding.
Where do you live, and how has your environment affected
I live in southwest Missouri. I’ve lived here since 1976 and
I’ve met a great many interesting people. Branson is an hour south and that’s a
whole different world of entertainment. There’s never any lack of things to
How many books have you written?
Two of my own and two that I co-wrote with other authors.
Give a short synop of your most recently published book.
Night of the Cossack is a compelling adventure by Tom Blubaugh
about a teenager who is forced to grow up quickly. The main character, Nathan
Hertzfield faces many life or death situations during his saga.
How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the
Quite a bit in Night of the Cossack. I basically created my
grandfather since I never got to meet him. He died before I was born.
Do your characters take on a life of their own? If so, which
is your favorite?
They do. I read this in an article when I started writing. I
thought there’s no way that can happen—but it does.
Is it available in print, ebook, and Kindle formats?
Yes. On Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
What challenges did you face while writing this book?
The research was very demanding. There was so much going on
in Russia at the time of my grandfather lived there.
What do you think is the greatest lesson you’ve learned
about writing so far? What advice can you give other writers?
That I will no longer enter a library or book store and take
the books for granted. Each one of them has a huge amount of work behind them
and they didn’t just jump on the shelf.
Where do you store ideas for later use: in your head, in a
notebook, or on a spreadsheet?
I have written hundreds of articles for my website over the
years. Each one of them has the making of a book or a novella. I also use a
program named Snowflake.
We all know how important promoting our work has become. How
do you get the word out both off and online?
The platform is the hardest work in selling a book. I am
very involved in social networking, blogging and speaking. In some ways, the
Internet is an easy way to get my name out into the world and at the same time,
it’s very hard because there is so much competition.
Can you tell us your writing goals/projects for 2012 or
One goal is to make Night of the Cossack a best seller;
another is to finish the sequel—but time is flying by; a third is to set up
online classes or webinars about building a platform; and setting up a section
of my website/blog for doing audio interviews or authors and other interesting
Where can folks learn more about your books and events?