Welcome back to the Barn Door Book Loft, Sarah!
Is there a story behind your book, Through Waters Deep?
This story was inspired by the little-known fact that six American ships, including a destroyer, were sunk by German U-boats in 1941—before Pearl Harbor! While things were heating up at sea, the States were anything but United, as isolationists and interventionists argued about the fate of the nation. I thought the tension and turmoil would provide a dramatic backdrop for a love story about a naval officer and a pretty shipyard worker.
Question: Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
Pretty much anywhere. I have a serious case of wanderlust. I love discovering new places, especially historical locations or national parks. My husband used to travel on business, and we were spoiled with frequent-flier-mile trips to Europe and Australia.
Question: Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Boston is one of our favorite cities to visit, with so much history and color. When I was planning Through Waters Deep, I needed a large city with a naval shipyard and a destroyer base. Boston was one of my choices—so I took it! Last summer, I spent a week there doing on-the-ground research. Of course, my research had to include sampling Boston cream pie…
Question: Tell us a bit more about yourself. What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
We live only an hour from San Francisco—depending on traffic—so we’re close to big city amenities, but we live in a quiet suburban neighborhood with fresh air and parks and all that. And our home is only two blocks from open space, so we can see hills and trees—and we often hear cows mooing!
Question: What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My husband and kids. Our nest is rapidly emptying, with our oldest son a college graduate with a Real Job, our daughter just married in July, and our youngest son entering his senior year. But when they’re all together, the stories and jokes fly.
Question: What is your favorite season of the year?
Autumn. I love the crisp weather, the colors, and the school supplies.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Anchor in the Storm will be coming in the summer of 2016. For plucky Lillian Avery, America’s entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. She loves the wartime challenges of her new job but spurns the attention of society boy Ens. Archer Vandenberg, even if Arch is her brother’s best friend. As Arch’s destroyer battles U-boats along the East Coast in the darkest days of the war, Lillian uncovers a black market drug ring. Arch’s efforts to aid Lillian’s investigation and to win her trust fling them both into danger—from torpedoes, drug lords, and opened hearts.
Readers, You many purchase the book at:
Or have your local library order it in for you!
Sarah Sundin is giving away a copy of Through Waters Deep.
The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.