Friday, August 19, 2011

with Sarah Sundin

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Sarah!
Is there a story behind this book?

Blue Skies Tomorrow arose from my need for happy endings. In my first novel, A Distant Melody, one of the side characters, Helen Carlisle, is widowed at only twenty-one, and the hero’s oldest brother, Ray Novak, is dumped by his fiancĂ©e. I mentally introduced them to each other, and they really appreciated that—the mutual attraction was strong. This novel also allows me to complete the story of the US Eighth Air Force in World War II to victory in Europe, and to cover the Port Chicago Explosion, which occurred close to Antioch, California, where Helen and the Novaks live.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
There are so many great books out now! For general fiction, I love books by Dale Cramer, Athol Dickson, and Charles Martin. For World War II stories, I love books by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, Dan Walsh, and Susan May Warren. For other historical fiction, I love Liz Curtis Higgs, Laura Frantz, Lorna Seilstad, Jill Eileen Smith, Karen Witemeyer, and Melanie Dobson. I know I’m forgetting somebody—and I’ve got some fabulous, highly recommended books sitting in my to-be-read pile.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I asked my teen daughter (always a dangerous thing to do). She said I’d be classical music because she thinks I was born a century too late. Or—she said—“you’d be that really weird Big Band music you always listen to.” And she’s right.

What is your strangest habit?
Strangest habits. Hoo boy, embarrassing nerd stuff here. I tend to make lots of lists and charts and tables full of trivial data. For example, when I started writing this trilogy, I began a timeline document for World War II dates. It started as a 6-page document. I’m at over 200 pages now. It’s color-coded with little symbols, and I spend way too much time updating that document. Really anal-retentive/obsessive-compulsive, huh? On the plus side, when I started blogging, I was able to add a “Today in World War II” feature really easily.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Mucking out the closets and anything involving cleaning.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Grilled chicken burritos. These are appallingly easy and great for a summer barbecue. You just sprinkle boneless skinless chicken breasts with salt, cumin, and chili powder—go nice and heavy with the cumin and chili powder. Grill the chicken on the barbecue or under the broiler, then shred. Serve with tortillas, refried beans, shredded jack cheese, and a selection of veggies—green onions, cilantro, avocado, tomato, and black olives.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
John 15:5 is my theme verse right now: “'I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing’” (NASB). Everywhere I look, this concept and this verse keep popping up, a firm indication that the Lord wants to get my attention and teach me the importance of abiding in Him. This is a lifelong lesson for all of us, but He’s impressed it on me lately.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I recently signed another contract with Revell for a three-book series, tentatively titled Wings of the Nightingale, which follows three World War II flight nurses who discover friendship, love, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean.

The first novel, tentatively titled In Every Letter is scheduled to release September 2012. Here's a blurb:

Loner Mellie Blake longs for adventure as a flight nurse, while Army engineer Lt. Tom MacGilliver tries to overcome the legacy of his infamous father. In North Africa and Sicily, Mellie pioneers air evacuation while Tom builds airfields under fire. Will their anonymous correspondence unlock their true identities?

You can purchase Blue Skies Tomorrow from Amazon.

Sarah is giving away a copy of Blue Skies Tomorrow. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


karenk said...

thanks for the opportunity to read sarah's latest novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I've grown to enjoy WWII over the last few years. When we started studying WWII during homeschool, we looked into my grandfather's part in it. I find that it makes the history teaching more meaningful when we make it personal. Now I really enjoy that time period! This book looks great, as well as the upcoming series!!

Kelly Y. in Virginia

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


Marianne said...

Thanks, Esther and Sarah....for the post/interview and chance to win. Have a great weekend. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

lgm52 said...

Sounds entertaining! Love the book cover, too.

Leanne said...

I'd love to read this book! It sounds great.

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

PriviesAndPrims said...

You've got my attention now and I want to read the whole book!

priviesandprims at yahoo .com

Jo said...

Thank you for the offer of such a good book. Please enter me.


Charity U said...

This is an awesome book about an amazing timeperiod! Please enter me! I'd love to win. :)


Pam K. said...

I would really love to win a copy of Blue Skies Tomorrow. I've enjoyed all the interviews with Sarah and learning more about this book and the others in the series. Thanks for giving away a copy of the book.


ann said...

I would like to win and be able to read this book it sounds very good

amhengst at verizon dot net

Sarah Sundin said...

Thanks, everyone!

Lois Hudson said...

Although I've read (and love) Sarah Sundin's earlier WWII novels, I just discovered The Barn Door Book Loft - (and love).
Please enter me in the give-away.
Lois Hudson


Thank you! I have also subscribed to The Barn Door's Book Loft.

Michelle said...

Would love to win a copy!

Margaret Metz said...

Sounds like a good book and I love happy endings.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed yur first two books and I'm sure I will enjoy this one. As a nurse I'm excited about your upcoming trilogy! Teresa B

Michelle said...

Great interview! Thanks so much for entering me!

scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

apple blossom said...

Please enter me
ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Linda said...

Thanks for writing such great books, Sarah! If "Blue Skies Tomorrow" is anything like the first two in the series, it will be awesome. I'm so glad you have signed a contract for more WWII books. I love reading them. Linda

Tracy Smith said...

Would love the chance to read this book. Please enter me in this wonderful giveaway.

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