Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A Second Day with Sarah Sundin

Welcome back for our second day with Sarah Sundin is the author of six historical WWII novels, including her latest that releases this month from Revell, In Perfect Time. Sarah will be giving a copy of In Perfect Time to one of our Pastimes visitors this week! Just answer this question in the comments to be entered in Friday’s drawing:

Have you ever done anything crazy or odd to get a good photograph or video?

Sarah, as if you don’t have enough happening in 2014, you have a new series launching in summer 2015! You’ve been a very busy lady! Can you give us a sneak peek into those books?
The first novel is complete and turned in! The Waves of Freedom series follows three American naval officers based in Boston in WWII. The first book is called Through Waters Deep (Revell, summer 2015).

In 1941, as America teeters on the brink of World War II, Mary Stirling works at the Boston Navy Yard and renews an old friendship with naval officer Ens. Jim Avery. Jim’s destroyer escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic as part of the Neutrality Patrol, but problems on his new ship point to a saboteur at the shipyard. As Jim and Mary work together to find the culprit, their relationship promises to blossom into something more. Jim battles U-boats on the high seas, and Mary’s investigation brings danger to herself and those she cares about. While friendship draws them together, a deeper friendship could rip them apart.

What’s the most interesting (or unusual) thing you’ve done in the name of research for one of your books?
While writing In Perfect Time, I had the privilege of visiting Italy and southern France. I wanted to drive by the Istres/Le TubĂ© Airfield near Marseille, where the flight nurses and C-47 pilots were based. Since it’s an active French military base, I knew I couldn’t get too close, but I wanted a feel for the area. We took the exit and drove up to the entrance. No gate. No guards. So we kept driving. Right onto the base. And we kept driving. I couldn’t believe it. We stopped. I took photos, fully expecting an armored vehicle and guys with machine guns. Nope. I felt rather daring and dangerous—which is SO not my personality. It was fun!

Istres Le Tube Airfield

What a crazy surprise that must’ve been! We know you love World War II and writing about the men and women of that time. When starting a new project, do you tend to begin with an event or certain time during the war and create the characters to live it, or do you start with characters and then find their story?
It depends. Sometimes a story is inspired by a historical event, and sometimes by a character, or by a “what if” question, or by a concept in a movie. In Perfect Time was inspired by a real-life adventure experienced by WWII flight nurses and by the character of Lt. Kay Jobson, who wouldn’t leave me alone.

What’s your favorite way to unwind and come back to the “real world” after you’ve been immersed in writing?
What is this “real world” you speak of? Sorry. I’m coming out of a deadline crunch. My husband and kids yank me back to the real world, and I make sure I participate, through working on-call as a hospital pharmacist, teaching Sunday school to fourth- and fifth-graders, and teaching women’s Bible studies.

What advice can you share with novice writers?
Keep praying, keep learning, keep reading, and keep writing. If you write fiction, join American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). And go to writers conferences. Not only do you receive excellent instruction, but you get to meet editors and agents and make friends with fellow writers. You can start with smaller regional conferences if the larger national conferences are too pricey.

Reading fiction can be a way to escape reality for a while, but those stories can still teach some valuable lessons. What points do you hope readers take away from your books?
I hope my readers grasp onto God’s good gifts in their lives—his grace and mercy and blessings. We don’t deserve any of it, but He chooses to give to us. And I hope readers see the truth that no one is beyond the Lord’s love.

Our thanks to Sarah for spending time with us as our spotlight author! If you’d like to learn more about Sarah or her books, here’s how you can connect:

Remember, visitors, you could win a copy of Sarah’s brand-new novel, In Perfect Time! Leave your answer to this question in the comments section with your name and email (spelling out ‘at’ and ‘dot’ to help cut down on spam, please).

Have you ever done anything crazy or odd to get a good photograph or video?

The drawing will be held Friday, August 8. Good luck and we’ll see you again tomorrow!


Bonnie Roof said...

I really enjoyed the second part of the interview with Sarah - thank you!!

I was amazed at Sarah's being able to drive onto and take pictures on the French military base, they are either more lax in their security than the U.S. or someone wasn't doing his/her job. Speaking of risks taken in the name of getting good photos - my mother had her camera seized and the film yanked from it (this was years ago) when taking photos on a military base at which my brother was stationed.

I mentioned one of my camera episodes yesterday, another was when I was driving up the interstate in the New Orleans area. I took an exit ramp in search of a store to purchase film for my camera (this was in the '80's) to find that after a few feet the ramp was submerged in water and my only alternative was to back up the ramp. A hurricane had swept through the area the night before.

It sounds like "In Perfect Time" has a lot of adventure and suspense, in addition to romance. I would love to read it - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!


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Elyssa said...

I enjoyed this part of the interview! Sarah's new series sounds amazing!

Unfortunately I can't think of any other strange things I have done for a photo. I'm more of the I'll-randomly-take-a-photo-and-hope-it-comes-out-well type. ;)


traveler said...

When I take a photo it has to be perfect since it is meaningful and a treasure, whether a family photo or a trip one. I am persistent but don't try anything too crazy. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Suz and Allan said...

This was a wonderful interview! I think the craziest thing I've done for a great picture would be laying on the ground in a dress to get a beautiful picture of a friend's wedding dress hanging up with the sun glinting off the beading.

Suz and Allan said...

This was a wonderful interview! I think the craziest thing I've done for a great picture would be laying on the ground in a dress to get a beautiful picture of a friend's wedding dress hanging up with the sun glinting off the beading.

Suz and Allan said...

I forgot to put my email. It's suzieq16132 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Hard for me to think of anything for I am not into crazy pictures, but my family is always taking that time. My granddaughter and I did take some very crazy ones on a trip to Georgia for a family re-union. We stopped at a restaurant to eat and was fixing to close. Well before we left the two os went to the restroom before leaving. Well, we got a shock after going into the entry. They had one of those mirrors that make you look crazy. Large mirror so when we looked up was us, crazy. We both got so tickled we took more pictures as we moved for different shapes. We get a big laugh now when one of us thinks about it and mention it. my crazy. Thanks for a book give-away. Hope can win. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Merry said...

My sister posed me on a huge flat rock overhanging the Grand Canyon. I crawled out and back... scary! I love Sarah's books. :)
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Lis K said...

Wow, that French military base did not seem to have a lot of security! Good thing for Sarah, though :)
No, I haven't done anything odd or crazy to get a good photograph although there have been numerous times where I've tripped or bumped into things because I was looking at my photo subject rather than where I was walking. Fun interview, thanks for the giveaway!
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