Welcome back, Sarah. :) Congratulations on your newest book, Anchor in the Storm! Your stories are set in the WW2 era, both in the US and abroad. Where is this story located? How and why did you choose this setting?
Thank you, Karen! Anchor in the Storm is set in Boston. The Waves of Freedom series required an East Coast city with a large naval presence and a Navy Yard. Since I have family in New England, I’ve visited Boston several times, and it’s one of our favorite cities. It’s so rich in history and color. When I found out US Navy destroyers were based in Boston, that sealed the deal!
We tacked it on at the end of a family vacation. My husband had to return to California to work, but our teen son stayed with me an extra week. We visited most of the sites in the series, including the Charlestown Navy Yard and the Freedom Trail. I took pictures of trees and houses, much to teen son’s chagrin. We visited the National Archives in Boston (what a treat!). And we made the supreme sacrifice of sampling the Boston Cream Pie.
It was good of you to make such a sacrifice for the the pie. Someone had to do it, right? Was there any particular scene or chapter that helped choose the title for this book?
I wanted to use the word anchor, not only for the nautical flair but for the meaning. The novel’s theme verse is 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 steadfast.” When Revell came up with Anchor in the Storm, I hesitated—there were no storms in the story! However, I was still in the process of editing, so I added a squall to the climactic scene—and loved the result.
Love that verse. It sounds perfect - I'll keep an eye out for that storm when I read the book. :) What are your favorite qualities about your main characters Lillian and Arch?
Arch Vandenberg has been born into great wealth, but he’s determined to make his own way and to live a simple life. Meanwhile, Lillian Avery is always cheerful and driven, and she never lets anything slow her down. I really admire those qualities in them.
Those are great attributes. You now have numerous published books to your credit. Is there anything that you know now that you wish you’d have known when you wrote your first book?
As far as writing, not really. I made tons of mistakes with my first novel—so many that it will never be published. Nor should it be. However, if I’d known the “rules” beforehand, it would have paralyzed me and I never would have started. By writing one truly ugly rough draft, I learned I could finish a novel—which was vital for me. Then I learned the rules, and I applied them in the rewriting process. By the time I wrote my third novel, the rules became natural to me.
I see your point. So I guess it's better to start out a little clueless, right? Lol Thanks so much for joining us. Wishing you many blessings your journey!
Thank you Karen!
More About Sarah
Sarah 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 and works on-call as a hospital pharmacist.
A Peek at Anchor in the Storm
For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’s attentions only annoy—even if he is her brother's best friend.
During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?
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