Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter and also the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, 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. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com.
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Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Family room on the couch while my family watches TV in the evening. I’m wearing a plum-colored peasant top, khaki capris, reading glasses, and no shoes.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
By far the funniest thing I read was in an extremely dry history of air warfare. When the Italians invaded Ethiopia in 1935, they found their supply lines badly stretched and used bombers to drop supplies, food, and ammunition to their troops. In a strange experiment, they dropped live sheep and goats in parachutes to provide fresh meat. Sheep in chutes. Quite a picture, huh?
If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?
A first aid kit full of modern medicines, particularly penicillin and my allergy pills. Also vaccines to help people in the past. I’m a pharmacist, and it would be painful to see people die from diseases we can prevent nowadays.
What is something that very few people know about you?
After doing enough of these interviews, I don’t know if there’s much left J How about this—I kill plants. Not on purpose, but I have a brown thumb. I always feel bad when people give me a plant. The poor little green thing.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
It’s probably my sapphire ring. It’s been in my family for generations. My mother received it when my parents got married, and I always loved it. She passed it on to me a few years ago.
If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
I don’t know. When I was young, I wanted to live in the 1800s, and now lots of things about the mid-20th century appeal to me. However, although each era has draws, it also has serious drawbacks.
Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
I’m the oldest of two, and only older by fifteen months. I definitely have a lot of firstborn characteristics—conscientious, cautious, structured, likes to achieve. I do write in a structured way, with a solid and detailed outline in place before I start my rough draft. The conscientiousness helps me keep my deadlines and also fuels my determination to thoroughly research my story. And obviously, being achievement-oriented drove me to keep pursuing publication and to keep improving my writing during the long rejection-letter years.
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Oh dear. I imagine it would be rather dull. Or strange. A pharmacist/soccer mom/author? How about “Sideline Snacks and Stories: A Prescription for an Odd Life.” I should have mentioned I’m lousy with titles.
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
So many. The first novels that really had that effect on me were Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. Oh, I wanted to live on the prairie and ride horses and wear a sunbonnet. I really wanted that sunbonnet.
Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met—even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence—he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts? Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing—and true love.
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