Thank you so much for joining us today Sarah! What prompted you to write the novel In Perfect Time?
In Perfect Time is the third book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, although it stands alone. This novel was inspired by a real-life adventure experienced by flight nurses in World War II, showing what brave, compassionate, and resourceful young ladies they were. Mostly I wanted to tell the story of Lt. Kay Jobson, a confident, flirtatious, take-no-nonsense nurse whose bold façade masks deep hurts—and to show her finding healing for those hurts.
Question: Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
I don’t get writer’s block. I get “procrastination.” This rarely happens to me because I outline thoroughly in advance, so when I sit down to write, the story flows. When I don’t know how to start, I review my notes, review earlier chapters, and dive in, knowing I can fix it later if it turns out bad. When procrastination does set in, it’s usually because something in the plot doesn’t feel right and needs a fresh angle. I spend a day or two on other projects, let the problem stew, then brainstorm new ideas.
Question: How many writing projects are you working on right now?
I’m doing publicity for In Perfect Time and preparing to do publicity for Where Treetops Glisten (a WWII Christmas novella collection coming September 16 from WaterBrook). I just turned in Through Waters Deep, the first book in the Waves of Freedom series, and now I’m starting to outline the second book in the series.
Question: Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Always. This is a strength of mine, so it doesn’t slow me down.
Question: Where do you most like to write?
Wherever I can. I do have a big lovely desk in a home office, which is where I do the majority of my work nowadays, but I can work anywhere. When I started writing, my children were little, so I wrote at the ballet studio, the soccer field, the doctor’s office, etc. Now I use those time snippets primarily for research and editing, but I wrote several chapters of Through Waters Deep at the karate studio—I was on a roll and didn’t want to stop!
Question: How do people react when they find out you write?
That varies. Most are very interested and have lots of questions—especially if they’ve always wanted to write a book too. Some are polite and change the subject—either they aren’t interested or think I’m weird. And a small majority do act like they think I’m weird.
Question: When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have a Christmas novella, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, in a collection called Where Treetops Glisten, with Tricia Goyer and Cara Putman (WaterBrook, September 16, 2014). Fighter pilot Lt. Pete Turner is running on empty, but coming home for Christmas doesn’t fill his tank. When he encounters a precocious little girl in need of his friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew? And will Pete’s Christmas gift fill the empty places in their hearts?
My next full-length novel, Through Waters Deep (Revell, summer 2015) kicks off the Waves of Freedom series, which follows three American naval officers based in Boston during WWII. 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 Ens. 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, their friendship promises to blossom into something more. But could a deeper friendship rip them apart?
Thank you so much for joining us today Sarah!
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