It's a delight to welcome you back for the second part of our interview with Sarah Sundin about her latest novel Through Waters Deep. I loved this book so much, that I endorsed it. An easy thing to do when it comes to Sarah's excellent writing and story-telling. Here's part two of our interview about this novel and Sarah's writing. Don't forget to go to the end to enter the giveaway of this novel.
What did you learn as you wrote Through Waters Deep?
I learned I could write a lot faster than I realized! I had less time with this contract than with previous books, and I had more research than I anticipated. As a result, I wrote the rough draft in record time for me.
And I loved it! What do you hope readers remember after your stories end?
I hope they see bits of themselves in the characters and find something to help them grow in their walks with the Lord.
What surprises you most as you write?
How the characters come to life. I outline my novels heavily before I start the rough draft, and I know my characters very well. However, something almost magical happens when I dive in to the story. In Through Waters Deep, I was happily surprised by Mary’s dry sense of humor—I didn’t know that about her before I started, but it emerged on the paper. And I loved it.
What piece of advice do you have for readers who want to write? If you could teach them something what would it be?
Characters are the heart of all good stories. Get to know your characters intimately, inside and out. Not just appearance and clothing, but personality and background, strengths and weaknesses, flaws and quirks and fears and secrets. Those things bring a character to life on the page.
What’s next for you?
The second book in the Waves of Freedom series, Anchor in the Storm, has been turned in and has completed the first round of edits. Right now I’m getting ready to write the third book, which I’m really excited about.
What are you currently reading?
I’m almost done with Rebecca DeMarino’s To Capture Her Heart, which is set on Long Island in the 1650s—it’s great fun to read about such a different setting! Next up is Kate Breslin’s Not by Sight.
Which of your books would you love to see turned into a movie?
Wouldn’t we all love to see all our books as movies? Unless they ruin the story! However, I know most of mine simply couldn’t be movies. With all the B-17s, C-47s, and Gleaves-class destroyers, filming would be extremely costly—or require CGI. Not happening. However…Where Treetops Glisten, a WWII Christmas novella collection written with Cara Putman and Tricia Goyer, would work. Mostly Home Front, no battle scenes, and no planes or ships! Plus, there are three sweet stories.
I would love to see Where Treetops Glisten as a movie, too. Do you participate in author book signings or events? Where can readers find you?
I love to meet readers at events! This coming Saturday, August 8, I’m holding a launch party for Through Waters Deep at Barnes & Noble in Antioch, California from 7-9 pm. We’ll have swing dance lessons taught by my agent (yes, that’s right!), light refreshments, and giveaways. And yes, I’ll be signing books too. When I’m not dancing!
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.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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