Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Meet Sarah Sundin

Today I have the pleasure of introducing author Sarah Sundin. Sarah is married to her college sweetheart, has three children, and lives in Northern California. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies.

Welcome, Sarah. Tell us a little about your current release.
On Distant Shores is the second book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, but it stands alone. During WWII, homesick flight nurse Lt. Georgie Taylor arrives in Sicily and strikes up a friendship with Sgt. John Hutchinson, who longs to become one of the Army's first pharmacy officers. When Georgie and Hutch's lives back home fall apart, can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?

What was your journey to your first sale like? 
a.      Long and winding
b.      Like a roller-coaster ride
c.      Like a rocket...blast off!
d.      Other
How about a long and winding roller coaster? I started writing in 2000, started submitting in 2003, then accumulated five years’ worth of rejection letters. Those years were hard, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. During that time, I kept honing my craft, learning about the industry—and leaning on God. I learned a lot about the Lord and about myself.

If you could be plopped down in any era and locale in history, when and where would you want to end up?
The history buff in me couldn’t resist visiting the World War II era and researching my stories, although the wimp in me would prefer a much safer time period.

If time travel were possible, what would you be doing to occupy your time in that era, and give us a glimpse at what you’d be wearing and eating.
I’d probably be a pharmacist, same as I am now. The war created a huge manpower shortage, which meant a new demand for women in pharmacy as well as other traditionally male professions. I love 1940s fashions. Under my white coat for work, I’d be wearing a dress with an A-line, knee-length skirt, in blue. Food rationing would limit my dining choices, so I’d try out a new baked chicken recipe I found in the Ladies Home Journal, with plenty of fresh vegetables from my Victory Garden.

What is your favorite part of researching for a new project? What part of that process do you least enjoy?
I love research. My favorite part is finding little nuggets that I know I can use to make my story come to life. The only part I dislike is the occasional dead end, when there simply isn’t any available information on my topic.

Thank you, Sarah. We look forward to learning more about you and your writing tomorrow.

Answer Sarah‘s question below for a chance to win a copy of On Distant Shores. Include your email address in the form of name[at]domain[dot]com and respond before 8:30 a.m. EDT this Friday morning to qualify for the drawing. This week, U.S. and Canada readers may qualify. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?


Amy C said...

As a US soldier during WWII, my grandfather met my grandmother in Northern Ireland. They married there in Feb 1945. I recently connected with her family in Northern Ireland and would love to go there and meet my great aunts, uncles and cousins.
Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Sereina Charise said...

I'd be happy to go pretty much anywhere in Europe, but I'd love to visit England the most.

Sereina Charise said...

And I forgot my e-mail in the comment above: wintermist3[at]gmail[dot]com

Abbi Hart said...

Great interview! I've loved all of Sarah's previous books and I'm just about to start On Distant Shores-Can't wait! After I read A Distant Melody she quickly jumped onto my favorites list!
I'd want to go to WWII time too! I absolutely love that time period!
If I could travel anywhere I'd go to Great Britain (mainly Ireland and England) and Germany!

Gabrielle E. said...
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Gabrielle E. said...

If I could go back in time, I would go back to the 1940s. I'd love to meet Winston Churchill, who's my hero. My email is mysterylover93[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Hayden said...

Without a doubt, I'd visit England- I've always loved English culture!

Anonymous said...

Hello Becky. Thanks for hosting Sarah today. Hi Sarah. I had a brother, two (later)brother-in-laws, cousins, and lots of friends in WWII. My family moved from a small Tx. town to Houston so my dad could work in the Shipyards. My older sisters used to go to the USO when servicemen were there and talk and dance with them they were they were on leave. Sometimes as many as 5 would come to our house where mother fed them a good Sunday meal. my brother was a medic. He brought me an emblem , which Mother sewed in center front of a pretty white dress she made me. I still have that emblem. It was a time when even the women did whatever they could to help. And, some foods were rationed. People weren't rioting against the war back then but helping do their part from home. My brother-in-law spent time in Hitler's house(or his mother's) when the army took it over to camp there. He has pictures with the sister. He said they were nice unlike Hitler. I have the first book in this series, and would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I forgot to answer the question. I would love to visit Ireland. I think it sounds like an interesting place. I also believe some of my ancestors were from there.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

windycindy said...

I would go to Calais, France, where my paternal grandmother came over to the USA, when she was 14.
Thanks, Cindi

Susan P said...

Great interview, thank you for sharing. My dream is to visit Scotland and Ireland to see where my ancestors were from.

Wanda B said...

This might sound crazy. There are tons of places I've never been. But there is one favorite place I always love to go and although it's only six hours away by car, I haven't been on almost five years and I would so love to go back. The Great Smokey mountains in North Carolina(my home state) has been a love of mine since I was a child. My family took vacations there 3 or 4 times a year and I truly miss those times.

I loved the interview and I do thank you for the giveaway. :)

Wanda Barefoot

karenk said...

I would like to visit Charleston, SC...thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Pam K. said...

I've always wanted to go to Great Britain since I've read so many books set in England, Wales, and Scotland.
Thanks for the chance to win a copy of On Distant Shores. I've read other books by Sarah that I really enjoyed.


Merry said...

I would love to go to a tropical place like Fiji. Thanks for a chance to win Sarah's newest book.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Bonnie Traher said...

Would love to win. momtr3@yahoo.com

Sarah Sundin said...

Amy & Maxie & Cindi & Susan - that would be wonderful to see ancestral lands :)

Sereina & Abbi & Gabrielle & Hayden & Pam - fellow Anglophiles :) I love Britain!

Wanda & Karen - I've been hearing so much about the Carolinas for vacationing - must try some time!

Merry - not just tropical but exotic - love it!

Cynthia T. Toney said...

With my husband, I would love to visit both Sicily and the British Isles. He and I have two little flags we purchased as reminders, for Italy and Great Britain.
Love your books, Sarah! birdfacewendy@gmail.com

Tightwad said...

Anywhere in Europe would be fantastic but Germany is the top of my list. My husband's grandmother is from Luxembourg so I'm sure we'd have to make a stop there as well.

I just found Sarah Sundin via Pinterest and have become facinated with her site. Just checked out 2 of her books from my library yesterday. Can't wait to start them!

tightwaderin (at) cox (dot) net

Sarah Sundin said...

Cynthia - I love Italy and Britain! We didn't get down to Sicily, but I'd love to see it too. I love the little flags you and your husband have - how fun!

"Tightwad" - I adore Germany! I'm so glad you've enjoyed my pins - I'm still new on Pinterest, but I'm having a blast. I hope you enjoy the books!