ABOUT AUTHOR: Sarah Sundin is the author of six historical novels, including In Perfect Time (Revell, August 2014). Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. 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. You can find her at http://www.sarahsundin.com
How did you come up with the idea for IN PERFECT TIME?
While researching World War II nursing, I kept reading about the flight nurses, and they fascinated me. These women were true pioneers. In flight, they were completely responsible for the patients, without a physician on board. This role was new for nurses, and they did very well. They also flew into combat areas in cargo planes that did not bear the red cross and were legitimate targets for the enemy. I wanted to tell their stories in the Wings of the Nightingale series.
In Perfect Time flowed out of Kay Jobson’s story. There was a family in our church who used to sing together a cappella—all of them had gorgeous voices. I got to thinking—what would it be like if you were born into a musically gifted family like that and you were tone-deaf? What if the family (unlike the loving family at my church) saw this flaw as a sign of God’s disfavor? What if they judged her? And Kay was born.
Nora: Wow, that would be hard. I can't wait to see how you dealt with this subject in your book!
What do you hope readers take away from IN PERFECT TIME?
Kay struggles to accept God’s mercy and love, and while Roger accepts those gifts, he subconsciously believes he isn't worthy to accept God’s blessings in his life. Both Kay and Roger learn that God gives good gifts, not because we are good, but because He is good. I hope readers will see any areas where they resist God’s gifts and would learn to embrace them.
Nora: Good word Sarah. It's mind boggling to think about God's abundant love for us. Embracing His love and His gifts is huge. I struggled with this myself.
You've gone on location to scout out information in writing your books. What has surprised you about your research at these locations?
I was blessed to visit Italy and southern France while researching In Perfect Time. After having visited Normandy a few years earlier, where WWII sites are maintained and used for tourism, I was surprised how hard it was to even locate WWII sites in Italy and southern France. No big memorials to the landings at Salerno or Anzio in Italy (although I found the smallest, most charming WWII museum in Anzio—not in any of the guidebooks!), and no memorials for the Dragoon landings in southern France. However, I was able to visit most of the locations in the book and get a feel for the area. I was also pleasantly surprised how patient and kind the Italians were with my pidgin Italian. They were so friendly and helpful!
Nora: Your trips sounded like fun! Thanks for sharing your pictures!
You've recently gone to Boston to gather information for your book. What did you find there that surprised you? What did you talk about in your book?
Just last month I spent a week in Boston visiting family and conducting research for my upcoming Waves of Freedom series. Since I've visited Boston before, I didn't find too much that was surprising—although I had to change plenty of things in my completed rough draft of Through Waters Deep! Since the first two novels concern WWII destroyers, I was thrilled to tour the USS Cassin Young at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston and the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. at Battleship Cove in Fall River. Also, on the battleship USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove, I was able to climb inside a 5-inch naval gun mount! Since the book’s hero is an assistant gunnery officer, this made me ridiculously happy.
What do you love most about traveling? What do you despise?
I love seeing new places, experiencing new things, seeing historical sites, tasting new foods, and meeting new people. I love comparing the pluses and minuses of the places I visit compared to home—it makes me appreciate the new places but also gives me a new appreciation for home. I’m not so fond of showering facilities in some places I visit. And I despise doing laundry in Europe. I come home and kiss my washer and dryer!
Nora: Funny! :o)
You shared with me you love to bake. On your travels did you run across something you wanted to try to make when you got back home? If so, what was it? How did it turn out? How did you get the recipe?
I often buy cookbooks from places we visit. I picked up a nice cookbook from Provence, and I've enjoyed trying the recipes. In Boston, our son fell in love with Boston cream pie, which is something I've always loved. I found a recipe on Pinterest and modified it—and it’s so good!
Nora: I love cookbooks! I'm not one of these cooks that can wing it. I need the cook book for inspiration and instructions! Grin!
You've share with me that you enjoy teaching? What is the thrill for you in teaching?
I do love teaching, whether for my fourth- and fifth-graders in Sunday school, the ladies in Bible study, or fellow writers at conferences. My favorite part is when you see the light of understanding dawn on people’s faces. What’s most exciting when I teach about the Bible is when God takes my words, flips them around mid-air, and inserts in the women’s ears what they need to hear. I’m always amazed when women tell me how something I said touched them—and it wasn't anything I actually said. Then I know the Holy Spirit is doing the actual teaching. I’m just a mouthpiece, and it’s a thrill!
Nora: Thanks for stopping by Sarah and helping us get to know you and your books better Sarah. Loved all the fun pictures too! Grin! I’m thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity at TBCN starting TODAY of at www.bookfun.org .
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