Heroine Interview from Through Rushing Water by Cathy Richmond

» Posted on Jul 19, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Heroine Interview from Through Rushing Water by Cathy Richmond

This week I’m hosting Sibella Giorella with The Stars Shine Bright and Cathy Richmond with Through Rushing Water. If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (July  22nd) evening.

Interview with the heroine from Through Rushing Water by Cathy Richmond:

1. Sophia Makinoff, tell me the most interesting thing about you. 

My life is one of great changes. I have studied in luxury at St. Petersburg’s Institute for Noble Maidens, relied on the kindness of compatriots in Paris, and taught French at distinguished Vassar College. But my current position, as a missionary teacher to the Ponca Indians, may be beyond all my abilities.

2.  What do you do for fun?

I enjoy horseback riding and dinner parties with interesting conversation. But I find true joy in teaching.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?

As the daughter of a military officer, I am far too disciplined to procrastinate. And yet… I must admit I dread calling on God for assistance. The Creator has gifted me with many skills; should I not be able to solve my own problems?

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?

I fear a life of insignificance. Much has been given me; much is expected.

5.  What do you want out of life?

I wish to be a woman of influence, like those great women of Paris whose salons shaped the Enlightenment.

6.  What is the most important thing to you?

My father interceded with the Tsar for the emancipation of the serfs. I would like to follow in his footsteps toward bringing the Kingdom of God to this earth. But how can I do so from an obscure Indian reservation?

7.  Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

I love to select a book or periodical from the library, settle into a favorite chair by the window, and read the afternoon away. Unfortunately, so far from civilization, it is impossible to stay current with literature or with the newspapers.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would like to change my circumstances, to live in a city where I might make a difference. I await an answer to this prayer.

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

There is a dog here, with three puppies, who is quite special, a quick learner. I call her Zlata, as she is gold in color.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

Perhaps if I had hid my classmate from the Tsar’s attention, my father would have stayed in Alexander’s good graces. But perhaps not – Ekaterina was not his only mistress.