Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Sarah Sundin's latest WWII novel & Giveaway

Today I'm delighted to introduce you to my friend and co-author of Where Treetops Glisten Sarah Sundin. Sarah is also giving away a copy of her latest novel Through Waters Deep, so be sure to read to the end to enter.
good friend and superb writer. I love her World War II novels -- she does so much research and has such a passion for the time period that they really come to life. She's giving away a copy of her newest book

Now to the interview and learning more about Through Waters Deep.

Welcome to PASTimes! Thanks for joining us and sharing a bit about your writing world. Congratulations on the release of your new book Through Waters Deep. Tell us a bit about it.

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 Ensign Jim Avery. Jim’s destroyer escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic, but problems on his ship point to a saboteur at the shipyard. As Mary works to find the culprit and Jim battles U-boats, could their friendship blossom into something more? Or could the dangers they face keep them apart?

What drew you to write this book?

I wanted to tell a story about two childhood friends who are reunited after several years apart and slowly fall in love with each other. And since my grandfather served in the Navy in World War II, I wanted a series dedicated to the Navy.

How did you get the idea for Through Waters Deep?

I was intrigued by historical events in 1941. US Navy destroyers were escorting British convoys across the Atlantic and exchanging fire with U-boats—before Pearl Harbor! What would it be like to do battle when the nation was officially neutral? Also, a fierce debate raged in the United States about whether or not to get involved in the war. Tempers flared, the nation was polarized, and rumors of sabotage and espionage ran rampant. What if there really had been a saboteur at an American shipyard?

What was the greatest challenge in writing this book?

Getting the naval details right. The Navy is a unique organism with its own language and customs, not easy for a landlubber to penetrate. There was a lot more research than I anticipated, but it was fascinating.

This book has a Nancy Drew feel to it with an intriguing mystery. Was that fun to write?

That was my second greatest challenge. I’d never written a mystery before. I had to learn to manage a cast of suspects, plant red herrings and clues, make each suspect look both guilty and innocent, and make the ending both logical and unexpected. Whew! It was challenging, but I did enjoy it.

To enter the giveaway, just use this form. And don't forget to come back tomorrow for the rest of the interview.

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Sarah Sundin is the author of seven historical novels, including Through Waters Deep (Revell, August 2015). Her novella in Where Treetops Glisten is a 2015 Carol Award finalist. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. http://www.sarahsundin.com.


Laurie Bergh said...

I have never tried swing dancing but it sure looks fun !

Casey said...

I have not tried swing dancing, but dancing in general is something I would love to learn and do!

Vicki G said...

I have not tried swing dance, but I would be willing to give it a "whirl"! :)

Kendra W. said...

I tried out swing dancing in high school and loved it! There's nothing like it! The music is so infectious!

Patty said...

I have not done much dancing in general, but would love to give it a try.

Deanna Stevens said...

No I haven't tried swing dancing, I'm a clutz and hubby only slow dances on our anniversary!

traveler said...

I haven't done swing dancing except when we had sock hops during the 1950's but I would love too since I think that era is the best and the music wonderful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer Hibdon said...

I watch dancing.

Pam K. said...

I've never tried swing dancing but it looks fun and like it would be great exercise.

Karen G. said...

Never tried swing dancing. Don't know how or what to do.


I have never tried swing dancing but i like watching other people doing it

Anonymous said...

I used to swing dance a little at class reunions!


Anonymous said...

No I have danced many times, but never swing dancing, tho I love to watch it. There are quite a few couples out our senior center who are really good. Can't tell they aren't young. I admire them.
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Anonymous said...

Nope never tried swing dancing. kamundsen44@yahoo.com. Kim

Sarah Sundin said...

I'm not alone :) I've always loved to dance, but I married a man who doesn't. He was so cute trying to dance at our daughter's wedding last month - you can practically see the pain in his eyes :)

So...I'm looking forward to finally learning to swing dance at the launch party. With my son.

Merry said...

I love swing dancing... now if I can just get my DH back on the dance floor like our early years!

Mama Cat said...

I have never tried swing dancing - have two left feet! Wish I could try it! Looking forward to reading this book; it sounds great!