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 (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow).
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.
She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.
Savanna: Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Sarah! Congratulations, first of all, on your recent release of In Perfect Time. I’m so excited to talk about this great new book! 🙂
Sarah: I like this bit where Kay is thinking about Roger:
“The man never stopped moving, and she liked that, liked the colorful way he told a story, his down-to-earth wisdom, even liked his lack of attraction to her. He kept his eyes on hers, his hands to himself. Once that would have bugged her, but now it made her feel safe, special, as if she were good enough not to make a pass at. And it completely unraveled her inside.”
Savanna: I loved that part! I really enjoyed getting to know both Kay and Roger in this story and I know other readers will too. 😉
What is something that makes Kay Jobson unique from the other two leading ladies from your Wings of the Nightingale series?
Sarah: Each of the nightingales couldn’t be more different—shy and thoughtful Mellie, sweet and social Georgie, and . . . Kay. Kay Jobson is bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, but this bold façade hides deep hurts. She keeps her life and her emotions in tight control, so she doesn’t reveal herself even to her closest friends. As life shows her she never had control in the first place, her façade crumbles—and healing can begin.
Sarah: I’d like to have met Winston Churchill. The man was obviously a central historical figure, brilliant, and incredibly witty.
Savanna: Your website mentions you also do lots of speaking engagements. What has been one of your favorite workshops you’ve presented and why?
Sarah: It’s hard to choose—each workshop or speaking engagement has its own charms. Last month I spoke at the Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, while I was visiting my parents. The turnout was excellent—and only half of them were my mom’s friends!—and very engaged and interesting people. It was fun for me too since my parents, husband, and youngest son were there! That was a first for me.
Savanna: How fun! I would love to attend one of your classes someday! 😉
I also read on your lovely website how much you value writers’ conferences. Can you share with us a special memory from your very first conference?
Sarah: My very first conference was a small local one, but the faculty included Cecil Murphey, Lee Roddy, and Lin Johnson—I didn’t even know how wonderful that was at the time, but I learned so much that day. My favorite memory was walking up to the book table and asking for a book to tell me how to get published. After all, I had completed a novel and even edited it! The lady at the table asked me if it was my first conference. I said yes, and where is a book on getting published? She gently pointed out Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. I didn’t think I needed that—I got a “5” on the AP English test—but I humored her and picked it up along with the book on publication. Guess which book I really needed? Guess which book revolutionized my writing and showed me I wasn’t ready for publication? That was in 2001. My first novel was published in 2010.
Savanna: The road to publication is quite a journey, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing with us today, Sarah! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share?
Sarah: I’ve begun work on my next series, Waves of Freedom, which follows three American naval officers based in Boston during World War II. The first novel, Through Waters Deep, was just turned in to my editor and is scheduled to release next summer.
Savanna: Ohhh, that sounds good! 😉 Can’t wait to see where you stories go from here, Sarah.
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