Monday, August 10, 2015

Interview with California Author Sarah Sundin

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…

Of Course!
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.

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 the past few posts)


Connie Brown said...

I have enjoyed your books for awhile now and am looking forward to this one.

Morgan said...

This book looks so great, and the cover is just beautiful!! I hope I'll have a chance to read it soon! Mdp94 (at) bellsouth (dot) net

Paula said...

I am excited to read this book! pj4824(at)yahoo(dot)com

Connie said...

I have admired the cover of this book for quite some time and I think the story sounds amazing. Thanks for this giveaway.

Newsgirl said...

I love all your books! Hoping to win a copy!

Mrs Tina said...

The story sounds very interesting and I love the book cover.
Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

Caryl Kane said...

Great interview with Sarah. I would LOVE to read THROUGH WATERS DEEP!


Kate said...

Sarah, I have so enjoyed your books, This one looks sooo good!!!!!

Kate said...

Oops, my email is kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com


Deanna Stevens said...

Another one I'm wanting to read! thanks for the interesting post...
Deanna from Nebr.
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Anonymous said...

I enjoy your books and would really like to win a copy. What I have heard about your new book sounds great. I enjoy reading books about World War II and Boston is an interesting city to visit.

Sarah Sundin said...

Thank you, everyone! I appreciate your interest :)

Pam K. said...

I've enjoyed Sarah's other books very much. It's always kind of exciting to start a new series. This one sounds especially good; I like that there is a mystery in Through Waters Deep.


karenk said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful story.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I love the cover on this and really look forward to reading it. This has been on my want to read this for awhile !

Deannne Patterson
Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

Cindi A said...

Interesting interview. It's always nice when I read that someone's family is so important to them. Ü


Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing the interview and thanks for a chance to win. kamundsen44atyahoodotcom. Kim

Martha Sturm said...

Sarah, my mother and I took a trip to the east about thirty years ago. Of course, Boston was on the itinerary. So different from our home in Missouri. Lots of history though.
Even if I don't win, I will enjoy reading this exciting story.


Sharon Timmer said...

I have always enjoyed Sarah Sundin's books so I am sure this one willl not disappoint!

Anonymous said...

Love to win Sarah's book! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I also love to travel to National Parks and historical areas. Hated history in school but love it now when I can go see an area or read great historical fiction of the area. am wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Hello Sarah. Enjoyed your post. I love books about WW ll era. You see my oldest brother served them plus two brother's and many close friends. Cousins also. We moved to Houston, Texas so my dad could work in the shipyards and help out. We moved from a very small town. Seems everyone was supporting our servicemen and women. my brother just turned 90 on June 6th. It sounds like you are a very busy lady. I would love to win your book. Thanks for a chance. Thank you.
> mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Merry said...

How awesome to travel the world! I'm sure you have all kinds of ideas from your adventures to add to a story. :)
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Sarah Sundin said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone! I appreciate your interest :)

Tani Federoff said...

Aah! More giveaways for this book! I need it so much! :D

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