Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Sarah Sundin

Is there a story behind On Distant Shores?

I’d been doing lots of research on nursing in World War II, and as a pharmacist, I found it strange not to see any mention of pharmacists. Curious, I did more digging. In WWII, Army hospital pharmacies were staffed by technicians with three months of training, with occasional pharmacists, who were technical sergeants—not commissioned officers, despite their bachelors’ degrees. The pharmacy profession fought hard to get commissioned status during the war. Meanwhile, nurses were officers. So…if an Army pharmacist and a nurse fell in love, they wouldn’t be allowed to fraternize, and she’d outrank him. Hmm. That’s where my story idea was born.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?

I wrote my first three published novels by hand on scratch paper. This allowed me to curl up on the couch, and the story ideas flowed. When I entered the chapters in the computer, it served as my first edit. However, by my third book, I realized my handwritten first draft and my computer second draft weren’t that different, and it added a lot of time. Since then I’ve written my first drafts on the computer. However, I do all my brainstorming, plot charts, and outlining by hand, with lots of cross-outs and arrows.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

Currently I’m doing publicity for On Distant Shores, I just turned in the third novel in the Wings of the Nightingale series, In Perfect Time (August 2014) to my editor, and I’m outlining the first book in my next World War II series focused on three officers in the US Navy based in Boston.

Do you ever write based on your dreams?

I’m an author because of a dream. In January 2000, I woke up from a dream so compelling I had to write it down. Since I’d never seriously considered writing a novel before then, this was a strange concept for me. That novel will never be published, but it got me started.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

Spelling and grammar come easily to me, thanks to a perfectionist mother. As a result, my rough drafts are pretty clean. But yes, my Chicago Manual of Style is on my desk, and I consult it frequently.

Where do you most like to write?

For the past three years, I’ve had my own office space, and I love it. I used to write on the couch, at the dining room table, wherever I could. After my oldest son graduated from high school, we relocated the guest bed from the den to my son’s room, retired my sewing desk (I don’t sew anymore anyway), and put in a big L-shaped desk with cupboards above it, an extra bookshelf for my research books, and open shelving in the closet for office supplies. I am very happy.

Does music help you write?

Music inspires me when I’m not actually writing. I listen to Big Band music in the car when my teens aren’t there (or I have to listen to their wisecracks), and the songs put me in the spirit of the 1940s and often inspire scene ideas. However, music distracts me when I’m actually writing. Silence is best, but—back to having teens in the house—I have learned to write with considerable background noise.

How do you find the time to write?

I believe time can never be found—it must be made. When my kids were little, I wrote during naptime. As they got older, I wrote during homework time, at soccer practice, at the karate studio, in the dentist’s waiting room. Once they were all in school, I started scheduling writing time during the school day. Now that they’re all in high school and college I’m able to write full time.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

In Perfect Time, the last book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, comes out in August 2014. Flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, but C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper is immune to her charms. Throughout Italy and southern France, as she evacuates the wounded and he delivers paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them where they don’t want to go.

Back Cover Blurb

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie’s cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson. Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they’ve made? With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.

To buy her book, go here:

About Sarah:

Sarah Sundin is the author of On Distant Shores and With Every Letter in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell, and also the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

To connect with Sarah, go here:

Sarah Sundin is giving away a copy of On Distant Shores. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Abbi Hart said...

Since I first saw the cover of A Distant Melody when it first came out I knew that I wanted to read it but for some reason I just never got around to it. Then earlier this year a friend let me borrow it and I fell in love. There is no other way to describe it, the book was AMAZING. I have since read the next two books in the series and I'm currently reading With Every Letter. And they are all so so very good and the Wings of Glory Series launched itself into my top 5 favorite series. I save this author's books as "treat" books. I read a bunch of my other books and then reward myself with a Sarah Sundin book. Honestly every time I think of them I get a warm happy feeling and I can't help but smile! Well I guess I should stop gushing now-sorry I get a little carried away when I start to talk about these books!

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

I haven't read many books set in WW2 era, This one looks grear! atouchofheaven2010 at gmail dor com

apple blossom said...

never read her books in this series but would love to thanks for chance to win

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Patty said...

I think I have a copy of the first book in this series in my TBR stack! Would love to get my hands on this one=)


Amy C said...

I have been looking forward for Distant Shores for so so long.
Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Linda Cox said...

I LOVE Sarah's books. I can hardly wait for the next series. My father was in the Coast Guard in WWII stationed part of the time in Boston. He was on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. So reading about this part of the war will be very special for me.

Bookworm said...

I love Sarah Sundin's books and I can't wait to read this one! I just bought the first one in this series, so I need to hurry and get it read before this one come out.

Amy Putney said...

I've been looking forward to this book since I finished reading "With Every Letter" back in December! I love Sarah's writing and I can't wait to read this one!



karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

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Anonymous said...

Wow,would love to win the book. Bonnie Traher

Pam K. said...

I've read several of Sarah's great books, including the first in this series. I really enjoy learning more about World War II by reading her books. I'm looking forward to reading On Distant Shores so it would be wonderful to win a copy here. Thanks for the chance.


Anonymous said...

Hello Sarah. I would love to win this book of yours to go with the "With Every Letter" that I have. Thanks for the chance. And, thank you to Book Barn Book Loft for having Sarah here' MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

KayM said...

Sandra, it sounds like you have a nice place to write. I can't imagine doing a first draft by hand. I am looking forward to reading your books.
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sharon m. said...

Love to win this book about an Army nurse and Army pharmacist. Thanks for the contest. You are a new author to me. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lis K. said...

I was never interested in reading WWII fiction until I read the Wings of Glory series. Loved those books and I really loved "With Every Letter"---that was such a sweet book, can't wait to read the next one but am really looking forward to Kay and Roger's story!

Sarah Sundin said...

Thanks, everyone! It's so nice to see so many familiar names & faces!

Kay - I can't imagine going back to writing the whole thing by hand either! Yet it worked great for my first series.

Merry said...

What an interesting seed idea for On Distant Shores. Please add me!
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Boos Mum said...

I just bought your last book in the last series. Would love to start the next.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Sarah Sundin said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm glad you came by.

squiresj said...

The book of yours I reviewed was so encouraging and uplifting to me. So would like to win and review another one of your books.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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