Through Waters Deep! She is a wonderful storyteller; her books are rich and engaging historical tales. If you are a fan of such, I highly recommend her stories.
Hi Sarah - Welcome back to Write Now! Can you give us a peek at the story?
Hi Karen and friends! It
is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer
Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a
brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard
secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to
be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never
could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the
Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit.
A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find
that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing
pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await
It sounds jam packed with adventure and intrigue. :) I love the cover. How involved are you in the cover selection process?
I love it too! Revell sends me a titling and cover questionnaire well
in advance. I share a bit about the story, characters, and setting, and I
include pictures of clothing, uniforms, ships, setting,
hairstyles—anything that could help them. Before the photo shoot, they
often send me pictures of the uniforms or outfits to make sure they’re
correct, especially the military insignia. Then they do the photo shoot
and send me the cover. I give feedback, and they can make certain
adjustments. For example, the first cover for Through Waters Deep had
the wrong ship—it looked like a modern destroyer—and they changed it to a
WWII-era Gleaves-class destroyer as in the novel.
I heard my grandparents’ stories about their war years, and I was
always drawn to the era. There’s a certain nostalgia—the great clothing
and music and upbeat attitude. But there’s so much more. World War II
showed us the very worst and the very best in human nature, and forces
us to think what we’d do in similar situations. It was a time when
ordinary men and women were placed in extraordinary circumstances, and
learned they could do extraordinary things. This inspires us ordinary
It is indeed an inspiration. The details in your books are so authentic and lend realism to your stories. What steps do you take to maintain accuracy?
I do a lot of research, finding the best books and websites on each subject and reading thoroughly.
For Through Waters Deep, I was even able to conduct research at the
National Archives in Boston, a fantastic experience. I also seek out
personal stories to lend color and human touches. Whenever possible, I
visit the location. I was able to spend a week in Boston last summer,
exploring the sites for this series. I took tons of pictures and notes!
I love the idea of adding color and personal touches. Your research and enthusiasm are evident in your stories. What’s on the horizon for you? Will we see another book in this series in the coming months?
in the Storm, Book 2 in the Waves of Freedom series, comes out 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.
Sounds exciting! Thanks again for coming by to see us, Sarah. Wishing you much success with your books!
Thank you, Karen!
Sundin is the author of seven historical novels, including Through Waters Deep (Revell, August 2015). Her novella “I’ll Be Home for
Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten is a finalist for the 2015 Carol
Award, and her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the
2014 Golden Scroll Awards. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California,
works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school.
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Happy reading and writing,