Interview with Sarah Sundin & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Sarah Sundin & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordSarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm. Her novel Through Waters Deep was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school.

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Welcome back to the blog, Sarah. I’m so honored to have you here today. Congratulations on your new release, Anchor In The Storm. It looks sooooo good! 🙂

What part of this story did you enjoy researching the most?

Interview with Sarah Sundin & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordAll of it! I enjoyed visiting Boston and doing on-the-ground research. I loved learning more about the US Home Front in the early years of the war. As a pharmacist, I had great fun researching pharmacy practice during the war and the medical elements of this story. And I was fascinated—and horrified—by the details of the U-boat war off the US East Coast in early 1942.

What’s been one of your favorite covers so far? Love the cover of Anchor in the Storm, btw. 🙂

I do too! I’ve loved all my covers. Through Waters Deep may be my favorite aesthetically, but I’m also especially fond of the cover for Blue Skies Tomorrow. The hero looks exactly as I pictured him, and the cover designers used some incredible details—the actual historic El Campanil Theatre featured in the novel, the movie on the marquee, even the license plates!

Did you come up with the title? If not, can you share with us the previous title you had picked?

Interview with Sarah Sundin & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordMy working title was Let the Seas Roar. I liked the nautical flavor, but I always considered it a “placeholder” title. When I filled out my cover questionnaire, I suggested using the word anchor in the title because of the theme verse (Heb. 6: 18-19: We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast). Revell came up with Anchor in the Storm. At first I was hesitant—there was no storm in the story. However, I was in the process of writing the big climactic scene and realized a storm would make a great addition. So I wrote it in.

That is so cool! What has been the most memorable book you’ve read so far this year?

I was really touched by Karen Barnett’s Through the Shadows. Not only is it a well-researched novel set in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, but the characters’ journeys resonated with me. The heroine struggles with shame over sin in her past, and the hero faces a professional ethical dilemma. you have a word of advice for aspiring authors out there? Maybe a lesson or piece of advice that has helped you?

Be both persistent and teachable. Those two traits seem to be the best predictors for success in this industry. If you’re confident that God wants you to write, keep pushing toward the goal and don’t let negative voices get you down. But persistence alone can become arrogant mule-headedness. Maintaining a humble and teachable spirit allows you to work with editors and agents, to grow as a writer, and to handle both positive and negative reviews with grace.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Sarah! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

The third novel in the Waves of Freedom series, When Tides Turn, is going through edits right now—and I’m eagerly waiting for the cover! I’m also starting work on my new World War II series that follows three estranged brothers as they fight on D-Day on the sea, in the air, and on the ground.

That sounds great! I’m so looking forward to reading your next book. 🙂 Have a great 2016!


Sarah has graciously offered to give away a copy of Anchor in The Storm to one lucky reader! Enter below and it could be YOU! ;)

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open to US residents only and ends May 31, 2016.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!

87 comments on “Interview with Sarah Sundin & GIVEAWAY
  1. Kathryn Voss says:

    I did love this title. And Flight of Arrows by Lori BEnton also piqued my interest.

  2. Joan Arning says:

    I like the title Anchor in the Storm!

  3. Sylvia M. says:

    A book title that immediately caught my attention is Frame 232 by Wil Mara. Very interesting CBA fictional take on John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

  4. Megan Hamsher says:

    I hope I don’t have to wait a year to get Anchor in the Storm … does that count?
    Currently Reading Book 2 in Nightingale series.

  5. Sonnetta Jones says:

    I loved Through Waters Deep. Thank you for offering it to Bookfun. The characters were amazing. I love military series. Would love to read Anchor in the Stirm. One of my favorite songs is Anchor in the Storm.

  6. Kathy West says:

    Through Waters Deep instantly grabbed my attention due to the Navy dress white uniform and the WW2 era dress and hairdo. My father was in the Navy during the war, plus he and my mother were about the same ages as the characters in the novel.

  7. Trixi says:

    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers! I already knew it would be good just from the title, for God’s love IS redeeming, restoring, and all encompassing! And it was highly recommended by my sister-in-law, we both love the same type of books 🙂

    I really enjoy a book that is well researched. Sarah, it sure sounds like this one was! Actually getting to visit the place you are writing about would make the history come alive for you I bet! Being a pharmacist sure would be a great asset bringing the realism to your story, I bet it was fun & interesting to find out the different practices back in war time. Aren’t you glad we’ve come a long way from there in the medical sense? 🙂

    Thank you for a fun interview! The more posts I read for “Anchor in the Storm”, the more I enjoy getting to know snippets of your life and writing. Thanks for sharing and for the book giveaway offer!

  8. Connie Scruggs says:

    I love reading WWII novels!

  9. Nancy M says:

    The Beautiful Pretender. Anchor in the Storm seems to me like it could have more than the nautical meaning. I like it. A good title is important!

  10. Joanne Keith says:

    Cold Mountain!

  11. Melanie Backus says:

    Into the Free is a captivating title.

  12. Tisha says:

    It has been such a blessing to see how God has used these books to encourage readers like me. I’m excited about the new novel coming out and even more excited for the newest trilogy. 🙂

  13. Terrill R. says:

    Titles that bring to mind catchy phrases or plays on words are the most memorable such as: Dana Mentink’s, Sit, Stay, Love and Pepper Basham’s, A Twist of Faith.

  14. Kim Potter says:

    Would love to win

  15. Amy Putney says:

    The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder!
    I don’t even have to know the titles of Sarah’s book for them to catch my attention! Can’t wait to read this one!

  16. Oh I love Sarah Sundin’s novels! I got hooked with her Nightingale series and then read her Wings of Glory series. I love WWII novels and her historical research is amazing. I love the covers to this new series and can’t wait to read them. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    Let’s see, I love Katherine Reay’s novels and when I heard The Bronte Plot was the title I was hooked.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’m so excited to meet another fan of Sarah’s! 😉 I hope you get a chance to add her newest book to your reading list.

      Katherine Reay’s novels are on my list for sure. I’ve heard so much about them. 🙂 Thanks, Amanda!

    • Sarah Sundin says:

      Thank you, Amanda! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the stories – and history 🙂

      I love Katherine Reay’s books too!

  17. Loraine N. says:

    I am currently reading “Into The Fire” by Kim Vandel. That title really caught my attention from the bookshelf. Of course, I really like all of Sarah’s titles as well as the covers. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

  18. Pam Graber says:

    Close to You by Kara Isaac
    Love books that use favorite song titles and this one brings back memories from WAY back in high school!

  19. kim hansen says:

    Stealing Jake.

  20. Pam K. says:

    Quirky titles catch my attention. One of those is A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard. It’s on my “want to read” list.

  21. KayM says:

    I love book titles and covers. Some titles that intrigued me are The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh, Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd and Out of the Ruins by Karen Barrnett. Others are Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs, Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock and The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White.

  22. Karen K. says:

    I’m always captivated by Denise Hunter’s and Becky Wade’s books! I usually can’t put them down until they’re finished!

  23. Diana Guz says:

    Anchor in the Storm is a beautiful title! I love that it references a Bible verse 🙂
    I also like the title Burning Sky, that book is on my TBR list. Thank you so much for this giveaway!!

  24. Amanda T. says:

    Dressed For Death by Julianna Deering, Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg, and of course Anchor In The Storm are several titles/covers that instantly made me want to read the books. 🙂

  25. emilee douglas says:

    I haven’t read any of Sarah’s yet, but totally plan to. I’m an Avid reader! I would love to win a copy. I will go ahead and request my local library to purchase this one so either way I get to read it. A book that caught my attention is The Ringmaster’s Wife. I haven’t read that particular author yet either but I would like to.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Awww, Emilee, you MUST read some of Sarah Sundin’s AND Kristy Cambron’s!! Their books are so good! That’s awesome you requested it at your local library. Enjoy!

    • Sarah Sundin says:

      Thank you for requesting a copy from your library! I appreciate it. And yes, you’ll love Kristy’s books – just wonderful!

  26. Alison Boss says:

    The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White was a title that immediately grabbed my attention, and then when I read the synopsis I was hooked. I love historical fiction! Regency, Victorian, & WWII eras are some of my favorites. Anchor in the Storm from title and book description sounds intriguing! Thanks for the great interview and giveaway, Savannah and Susan!

  27. Marilyn says:

    “An Elegant Facade”. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Thanks for the shout-out about Through the Shadows, Sarah. I just finished Anchor in the Storm, and I’m in Arch & Lillian withdrawal. I can’t wait to read Dan and Quintessa’s story next year. 🙂

  29. Patty says:

    Through Waters Deep is a great title!

    Right now I am reading The Lost Heiress, it certainly made me wonder how one loses an heiress=)

  30. Liz Riggs says:

    Julianna Deering’s titles have always piques my interest. I mean Rules of Murder is just cool right? I’m so excited for Anchor in the Storm!

  31. dianne casey says:

    The Tradd Street series by Karen White is one of the best series I have read. Looking forward to reading your book.

  32. Aerykah says:

    Sins of the Past (a novella collection by Henderson, Pettrey, & Eason).

    Really looking forward to reading Anchor in the Storm!! Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I haven’t heard of that one, Aerykah, but I agree it’s got an intriguing title. I hope you get to read and enjoy Sarah’s book real soon! 😉

  33. Brenda Arrington says:

    I love reading WW11 novels. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. Kellyn Roth says:

    The title “Blue Skies Tomorrow” is amazing, as is the cover for said book! I’m gonna have to look that and the other two up. 🙂

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