ABOUT AUTHOR: Sarah 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.

How did you come up with the idea for Through Waters Deep?

Sarah: I really wanted to tell the story of two old friends who are reunited and slowly fall in love. Plus, I was intrigued by what was happening in 1941, when the United States was officially neutral in World War II. I was surprised by the angry division and all the rumors of sabotage and espionage—which stoked my story imagination! I was also surprised to learn American warships were escorting British convoys and exchanging fire with U-boats—before Pearl Harbor! What would it be like to serve as a naval officer on a destroyer at that time? And what if there really was a saboteur at a shipyard?

“I’d like to ask you about Mary; the female lead character in your story. Mary loved reading Nancy Drew mysteries as a girl and is thrilled to have her own mystery to solve. What did you like most about reading Nancy Drew mysteries? Is there anything you’ve always longed to do because of a book or movie?

Sarah: Ironically, I wasn’t the big Nancy Drew reader in the family—my mother and sister were. I read quite a few though, and I was always impressed with Nancy’s pluck and persistence. As for me, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls and wear sunbonnets and ride in covered wagons. The closest I’ve come is the stagecoach ride at Knott’s Berry Farm, but I’ll survive.

Park Street Boston

In growing up, what were three important values you learned that stuck with you and shaped your life?

Sarah: It’s so hard to pick the top three! My parents taught me to always do the right thing, even when it’s hard and even if you stand alone. They taught me to pay close attention to details and to do your best work. And they taught me the value of lifelong education, of always reading and exploring and challenging yourself.

Can you give us a peek into where the story heads in book two of the Waves of Freedom series?

Sarah: Anchor in the Storm is scheduled for 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.

You’ve mentioned the fact that your last trip to Boston was in 2014 to gather photos and facts for this new series. What do you love most about Boston? Is there a place you like to visit and/or take others there when you go to Boston? 

Sarah: I do love Boston! There’s history everywhere. We love to walk the Freedom Trail, which takes you to many of Boston’s historical sites in a day’s walk. From Boston Common to the Old North Church to the USS Constitution, there’s something for every interest.

Boston is rich in history and the shipyards and naval bases played a key role in WWII. Did you go on a destroyer? How is that ship different from the rest? What struck you most about the shipyards and naval bases?

Sarah: I’ve had the chance to tour several destroyers. In Boston, we toured the WWII-era destroyer USS Cassin Young at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Destroyers are often overlooked in favor of the huge, impressive aircraft carriers and battleships (which I love!). But destroyers are scrappy little ships, fast and maneuverable and versatile, and they played a pivotal role in WWII. Because the ships were smaller, the crews were usually quite close too.

In Boston, we thoroughly explored the Charlestown Navy Yard. Since my heroine worked there, I was much more interested in the workings of the shipyard than I’d been on previous trips. I was surprised just how many people worked there in WWII—almost 50,000 at the peak in 1943!

Your daughter recently got married? What surprised you about that day? What is something you’ll never forget? Special moment you can share?
Family Picture this Summer at Wedding

Sarah: Yes, our daughter got married on July 18! There were so many wonderful moments…Walking down the aisle on the arms of my two handsome sons…Watching my lovely daughter walk down the aisle on the arm of her beaming daddy…The joy of Christian friendship as our small group stepped in and quietly filled unexpected needs at the reception. And the most surprising moment? Watching our three kids and all their friends bopping on the dance floor to music from the ’80s—from my era! 

Nora: Fun! Beautiful family!

There are so many types of weather which is your favorite? Which to you try to avoid?

Sarah: I love cold and rain. I hate hot and humid with a passion—it makes me downright cranky.

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?
Family Trip to Italy

Sarah: I’m getting quite sentimental now that my nest is emptying. My favorite sound is when all three of my “babies” (plus my new son-in-law!) are home and are teasing each other and telling funny stories and laughing. Music to my ears.

Nora: I'm quickly approaching that stage in our family life too!

Have you seen any good movies lately and/or read a book you won’t soon forget? Please share!

Sarah: It’s been a crazy summer, so I’m way behind in my reading! I recently read Karen Barnett’s Beyond the Ashes, set in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Great mix of well-researched history, a delightful romance, and a stirring spiritual message.

Nora: Sounds interesting!

We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life; that as a given, what part of your day requires the most patience from you to get through? Causes you to pray the most?

My kids (again). They range from 17 to 22, so they’re all in the middle of making Big Life Decisions—marriage, college, career, where to live. So I pray for them to turn to the Lord themselves, make wise decisions, and to have peace. And I pray a lot for my own peace, patience, wisdom, and restraint in working with them. These years are challenging but exciting, and I’m in awe of the wonderful young adults all three of them are becoming!

Nora: My children range 17 to 23 Grin! Looking forward to and sad about my son's Senior year. My 23 year old daughter and husband are expecting our grand daughter in December of this year. This does keep us praying! I can relate to what you say about praying for ourselves too! Grin!

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The local new/used bookstore orders all my favorite authors so that I don't miss any of their new books. I just give them a list of my favorite authors & they order the new books as soon as they are announced for release. Nice thing about indy. bookstores-they have a terrific customer service. Loved all the books that I've read by Sarah.

  2. What an excellent interview and oh Sarah's book sounds wonderful! :) I'll check it out! Thank you!