Saturday, February 2, 2013

Present day plagues? Author Adam Blumer Interview

The Tenth Plague

Water turns to blood. Flies and gnats attack the innocent. Marc and Gillian Thayer’s vacation resort becomes a grisly murder scene, with a killer using the ten plagues of Egypt as his playbook for revenge.

When their friend turns up dead, Marc and Gillian put their vacation on hold, enlist the help of a retired homicide detective, and take a closer look at the bizarre plagues as they escalate in intensity. Meanwhile, a stranger is after the Thayers’ newly adopted baby. 

Will they uncover the truth behind the bitter agenda before the tenth plague, the death of the firstborn son?

Adam Blumer is the author of Fatal Illusions (Kregel Publications) and The Tenth Plague (Kirkdale Press). A print journalism major in college, he works as a freelance writer and editor after serving in editorial roles for more than twenty years. He lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with his wife, Kim, and his daughters, Laura and Julia.

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Ten Questions with Author Adam Blumer
What should readers know about your latest release?
This suspense novel is a follow-up to my debut novel, Fatal Illusions, which features Pastor Marc Thayer and his wife, Gillian. In both novels, they work together, with the help of a retired homicide detective, to stop a killer before he can strike again. I think the plot in The Tenth Plague is unique and takes them on a journey readers haven’t explored before. 
What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day? 
One day I was reading the book of Revelation and came across 22:18–19. “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” (ESV).

My mind began playing the “what if” game. Would God really bring a biblical plague on someone who tampered with His Word? I chatted with a few theologian friends, and the plot emerged from there. The idea bounced around in my head for several years before I got it down in novel form.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I don’t know why. I just do. God has implanted the desire, and I just follow it. So in that sense, I believe writing is what I’m ultimately called to do. Suspense novels have always been of interest, and writers tend to produce what they like. 
Therefore, I write “meaningful suspense”—that’s my tagline. God has also given me a desire to communicate biblical truths, so I attempt to weave redemptive themes into my novels without being preachy. Many readers have thanked me for striking the right balance. 
How has travel been involved in your writing and/or research? What’s been your most memorable research experience?
Actually, thanks to the Internet and my local library, physical travel has factored in little to the research for my novels. I let my fingers do the walking, so to speak. But in Internet miles, I’ve traveled quite a bit—from Houdini and forensic science for my first novel to several topics for my latest release: anthrax, pheromones, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Koran, a little-known mining tragedy, DNA, and so forth. The Tenth Plague demanded more research than I’ve ever done before, so in Internet miles, I traveled quite extensively. 
Probably the most memorable experience was researching the 1926 Barnes-Hecker mine disaster. I consulted a regional expert on the subject, and he kindly offered his oversight to be sure I got the facts right. My prologue pays tribute to the more than fifty men who died. 
Who has inspired you the most on your writing journey—a loved one, fellow author, favorite teacher?
Jamie Langston Turner, a Christy Award-winning novelist. She was my creative writing professor in college, and she inspired me to continue working and improving as an author of fiction. She and I have stayed in touch over the years, and she has provided much encouragement. 
What surprised you the most about the writer’s journey—publication, representation, platform building, the writing itself?
How slowly the publishing wheel can turn. This was a surprise to me, given how fast paced our world is. Publishing hasn’t kept up with the times in this regard unless you’re a best-selling author with guaranteed sales. For the rest of us, the path can be slow and sometimes precarious. But if we’ve concluded that writing is God’s call for our lives, then it’s worth the wait. 
If you could rewind time to when you began your pursuit of publication, what would you tell yourself? 
Remember that you need to not only write a publishable novel but also sell it. The whole marketing/platform thing took me by surprise. I don’t believe Frank Peretti, Janette Oke, and others had to worry about that so much in the early days of Christian publishing. Times have certainly changed. Now an author who wishes to be successful needs to make building his or her platform a major objective.  
Now for some fun with travel...
What’s your favorite place you have visited?
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Or would you return to somewhere you’ve already been?
I would return to London and spend more time there. 
And now a fun tidbit—if there was one special travel destination just for writers and you were the founder of it, what would the name be and would it be located?
Mountain Muse would be located in the Swiss Alps, which I visited during the summer of 1989. It would be a writers’ retreat located in Schwanden, Switzerland—a getaway with one purpose: to write and encourage others in their writing, while nestled in one of the most beautiful locations on the planet. 
Thank you for the opportunity to share about my writing.

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 The giveaway will close on February 9.



  1. The Tenth Plague sounds like a wonderful book. Mountain Muse would be interesting ... could you also have a location in London!

    Thanks for the great interview.

  2. Thanks, Morgan, for the highlight about my book. I really appreciate it.

    1. You're welcome, Adam! Thanks for being my guest! :)