Meet Sylvia Bambola

Sylvia Bambola was born in Romania in 1945 and adopted from a German orphanage five years later by an American Army Colonel. Coming to America at the age of seven, she lived in eight different states due to her father's career in the Army.

She met and married her husband, Vincent, while attending nursing school in New York. As well as being a wife and mother, Sylvia worked in marketing, was the president of a local chapter of Women's Aglow, hosted and taught Bible studies, and spoke at various women's groups, all the while writing on the side. She began writing full time after her children finished college.

When asked some of the reasons she has for writing, Sylvia responded, "It has been asked, “Where have all our heroes gone?” Sometimes it does seem hard to find them in many novels today or on TV or movie screens. But I believe America is full of heroes/heroines, living sometimes difficult yet honorable lives. That’s one of the reasons I wrote A Vessel of Honor. I wanted my children and grandchildren to experience the wonder of reading about our modern day and people who can and do maintain honor, integrity and deep convictions in spite of their difficulties."

As for the reason for writing Refiner's Fire she says, "As an adopted child brought to America the concept of being transplanted from one land to another intrigued me. What if one sibling was adopted but the other left behind, I began to wonder? And what if fate brought these two siblings together again? I was also distressed over the accounts of Christian persecution in Romania, the land of my birth, and again lapsed into the “what if” scenario. After all, had circumstances been different, I would have had to grow up under these pressures. “What would life be like for a Christian under Ceausescu’s rule?” I asked myself. I researched and studied first-hand accounts to provide a genuine background and the “what if?” soon turned into a novel."

Sylvia says her desire is to write novels that reflect issues relevant to our times.

She certainly has done that in her latest novel, Tears in a Bottle, which deals with abortion and its effects. At the abortion clinic, Becky is lying on a cold recovery table when she hears a man's voice, then gunshots. When the gunman is finished, Becky is the only person left alive. This act brings together two strangers who seek answers to one of life's most wrenching questions: Are God's love and mercy big enough to cover every sin? The answer will change both women-forever.

Information taken from and an interview with Updated May 2003.

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