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Sarah Sundin’s newest novel, Through Waters Deep, has just recently released, and it is already receiving rave reviews! I am excited to have the opportunity to introduce you to Sarah today. She is also offering to give away a paperback copy. Whether you are a true WWII fiction fan or are considering broadening your horizons, here’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss… 🙂
Welcome, Sarah! What inspired you to write Through Waters Deep?
I was intrigued when I learned six American ships, including a destroyer, were sunk by German U-boats in 1941—before Pearl Harbor! US ships were escorting British convoys across the Atlantic, and conflicts were inevitable. I thought this would make a fascinating set-up for a novel—when the Navy was, for all intents and purposes, at war, while at home Americans were still debating isolationism versus interventionism. Quite bitterly too. So I made my hero a naval officer on an American destroyer and placed my heroine at the Boston Navy Yard at a time when rumors of sabotage and espionage ran wild.
That’s an interesting piece of information that is so often left out of regular history lessons. If you could meet any one person from the WWII era, who would you wish to meet?
I’d love to meet journalist Ernie Pyle. His writing is both witty and warm, and he had a deep respect and affinity for everyone from privates to generals. He followed the US armed forces to England, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Normandy, and eventually to the Pacific, where—sadly—he was killed.
Oh, the stories he could share! What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
I like almost every part. In the writing process, I adore the thrill when a new idea slams into you, the research, the idea percolation, the character development, the plotting, the rough draft, the editing—I really enjoy all of it. I’m also fond of public speaking and teaching, and meeting readers in person or online.
What does your ideal writing space look like? What do you have to have handy, and what would you surround yourself with to make it easiest, and most inspiring, to write?
I’m so thankful I have my own office space now. I used to have to “borrow” my husband’s computer, and I did most of my writing longhand on the living room couch. Now I have a lovely L-shaped desk with cupboards for my novel and research binders, drawers for office supplies and paperwork, and plenty of desktop space. And I have a bookcase in the room for all my research books! It’s wonderful.
That does sound wonderful! We love to talk about sweets, but it’s been a while… What is your favorite dessert?
One of my favorite crowd-pleaser recipes is cheesecake. I use the recipe in my old Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, and it’s never failed me. My husband’s favorite is coffee cheesecake with vanilla wafer crust, and mine is chocolate cheesecake with chocolate wafer crust and raspberry topping. Oh my.
Those both sound delicious! Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Sarah!
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?
More about Sarah Sundin:
Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, In Perfect Time, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.
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In the Wings of the Nightingale series, three World War II flight nurses discover friendship, love, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean.