Today is the 95th anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War. A day Australians observe a minute silence at 11am in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
So it's fitting to welcome back dear friend, Sarah Sundin, author of WWII fiction. Sarah's the author if On Distant Shores and With Every Letter in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell, and also the Wings of Glory series. 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. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com.
|Sarah Sundin ~ On Distant Shores|
On Distant Shores ~ During WWII, homesick flight nurse Lt. Georgie Taylor arrives in Sicily and strikes up a friendship with Sgt. John Hutchinson, who longs to become one of the Army's first pharmacy officers. When Georgie and Hutch's lives back home fall apart, can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?
If I could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, it would be... Boston. I’m researching my next series, which is set in Boston, so I can’t wait to go back and explore one of my favorite cities in America.
One thing I enjoyed today is... Helping my fifteen-year-old son repair his big brother’s traffic cone Halloween costume. Yes, a traffic cone. We made it about six years ago—a bright orange A-line tunic with wire in the hem and orange craft foam to make the base. With a megaphone covered in orange fabric as a hat. My kids stenciled “tire tracks” with a black marker to make it look like the cone had been run over. I saw that costume on facebook! So clever. What a great idea.
A secret pleasure of mine is... Gumdrops. I don’t know why, but I can’t get enough of the fruit-flavored chewiness. Yum, chewy lollies are my favourite too.
A moment that changed my life is…When I woke up from a dream in 2000 with a story idea that wouldn’t let me go. I had to write the story down. That was the moment I began the transition from pharmacist to writer. Wow, what a great way to 'wake' up the writer in you!
When I was a child I wanted to...I wanted to be a ballerina and a protozoologist. That would be a scientist who studies protozoa, the little one-celled organisms in seawater. I was a strange child. But I bet you were a cute one, too.
I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but…While we’re on the subject of being a strange child…In seventh grade, I made a list of all the capitals of the world…and memorized them. Can you guess who was not Little Miss Popularity? Ha, that's too funny. I bet those capitals come in handy now you're writing fiction that crosses the globe.
Thanks for visiting with us Sarah, and sharing a few quirky secrets. It was great catching up at the ACFW conference last September. I'm looking forward to another chat sometime soon.
|With Sarah Sundin at the 2013 ACFW Conference|
If you're a fan of WWII fiction, here's your chance to win a copy of Sarah's On Distant Shores. To be in the running, leave a comment below with your favourite chewy gumdrop flavour. Mine's apple. Once I start on those Apple Chews, I'm sunk.
How about you? I'll announce the winner on Friday.
Good luck and happy reading,