Tuesday, May 27, 2014

An Interview with Author Tom Golabek

  Tom Golabek
The Villages, Florida, US

Good morning, Tom, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors! Tell us what have you written? 
Maddog 1 The Beginning;
Maddog 2 Maddog is Back;  
Maddog 3True Justice;  
Maddog 4 The Monet;  
I’ve also written over 60 articles in magazines, journals, and periodicals, some of which include POKER PLAYER; FULL TILT; VIET-NOW; STARS AND STRIPES; THE NATIONAL AMVET;  THE VETERAN JOURNAL;  AMERICAN VETERAN NEWS;  VFW;  NAM-VET;  DRUG TOPICS;  SKYDIVING; and POLICE TIMES.

Wow!  You have been a busy boy.  What is your favorite genre to write?  
Tough detective mysteries.

Favorite food. 

Tea or coffee?

Pizza or ice cream? 

Oh, my kind of guy.Where would you like to visit? 
You ay be surprised at this, but my favorite place to visit in the world is Atlantic City, NJ.  Next would be Vegas, then Miami.

I love Vegas and Miami, but have never been to Atlantic City. I'll have to add that to my list.   
Favorite musical artist. Do you listen to music when you write? What?
I usually listen to classic rock.  My favorites run the gamut from The Beatles to Zeppelin to Tom Jones to Mathis.  As far as music playing while I write, I’d say its about 50/50.

What makes you laugh?  
Howard Stern.  I love his show. 

How old were you when you started writing?  

Describe your perfect evening.   
Lasagna, cold beer, a good movie, and a good woman.

Where do you get your inspiration?
 I hate to make it sound so trivial, but it just flows out of my head when I sit down to write or when I’m laying quietly in bed before dozing off.

Who is your favorite author? 
James Randi

Best book you ever read.  
Flim Flam

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most
and why?  
James Randi.  In short, he focused me on becoming a critical thinker. 

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?   
There are several people from different walks of life, but my first thought was Jimi Hendrix.  I would love to follow him around for a week.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?  
Sit down at the computer and start writing.


  1. Thank you, Tom, for being with us this morning and sharing a little bit about yourself and your work. I have added MAD DOG to my To-Be-Read List. We at Vision and Verse wish you continued success in all your writing endeavors.

  2. Wow, Tom. You seem very down to Earth and straightforward. I can see the attraction to Atlantic City. I spent many a vacation weekend down there, having grown up in NY. Best sub sandwiches ever! At what age did you start writing and how long does it take for you to finish a novel on average? Thanks.

  3. Please forgive my delay in answering, actually I was born and raised in Yonkers. I have some nice pictures of my old hood on my website. http://tomgolabek.com/. Which borough did/do you live in ?

    I started writing while stationed in Vietnam. I was a gunners mate mostly stationed on board the USS Barney(DDG-6) a guided missile destroyer

    I was 18, and over the next 45 years I rewrote it several times. But couldn't get anybody to published it.” So the first took a very long time. After that I found my groove, published 3 more in less than 3 years.

    Hay thanks for asking, I appreciate your interest.

  4. Hi, Tom! I was born in Peekskill, NY (Westchester County). Moved to Florida when I started High School. Moved away a few times and now I'm back...in Jupiter, FL. That is amazing that you were able to write during that very terrible time in OUR and YOUR personal history. My heart goes out to anyone who had to go through that. The fact that the writing took many years to come to fruition gives me hope that I will someday reach my life goals. Thank you so much for your reply! :-)