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Monday, May 15

A Day at the Office with.........an Author

1. Hi Sarah, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I enjoy writing novels set during World War II, and my ninth novel was just published. My husband and I live in northern California, and we just became empty-nesters this past summer when our youngest son joined the US Navy! I work one day a week as a hospital pharmacist, teach Sunday school and women’s Bible studies, and I enjoy speaking to church and community groups.

2. How did you first get involved with storytelling?
Although I grew up in a reading household, I only briefly flirted with the idea of becoming a writer—right along with my ballerina dreams. I majored in chemistry and became a pharmacist. Then in 2000, I woke up one morning from a dream that I just knew was a novel. I was terrified at the prospect of writing a novel, but I wrote the whole thing in a fever pitch. Since then, I haven’t stopped writing.

3. Every artist has their own story, their unique approach and blend that works for them. Which artists would you say have influenced you the most?
I can’t really say. Being an avid reader all my life, I’ve been influenced by dozens of authors. More recently, I’ve been blessed to be taught by dozens more. I’ve picked up bits and pieces from so many, cobbling together the approach that works best for me.

4. Which question about your books do you get most often from other folks, and how do you answer it?
Other than “What are your books about?” the most common question is “Where do you get your ideas?” They come from all sorts of places—history, newspaper articles, movies, dreams, and “what if?” questions—and sometimes they just materialize.


5. Describe your typical day on book tour? What is your favorite part about tour?
I’ve never been on a book tour—few authors do nowadays. We “visit” via social media. I’ve met so many readers through Facebook and Twitter and blogs and email.

6. Describe your typical day at home / in the office? What is your favorite part about your job?
I’m at my desk at seven o’clock. Since I’m in California and my publisher and editor are on Eastern Time, I need to get moving early. Since I’m not a morning person, I take care of emails and social media first thing in the morning. In the late morning, I usually work on some publicity or other non-writing projects. In the afternoon when my brain works best is when I outline my stories, write, and edit. In the evening, my husband watches TV, and I sit beside him and work on things like my Today in WWII History blog posts, author interviews, and more emails and social media. My favorite part is the actual writing part—in its entirety. I love the outlining process, the manic glee of the rough draft, and even the editing.

7. What sort of training and education did you complete?
I have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. As with most novelists, I learned writing from conferences, books on craft, and practice.

8. If you had to give a single piece of advice to a young person looking toward writing as a career option, what would it be?
In all seriousness…major in something other than English and get a day job. On the practical level, writing pays poorly and it’s hard to support yourself—most of us either have day jobs or have a “patron of the arts,” a spouse with a job. On the more eloquent level, novels bubble up from life experience. Those day jobs teach us about the human condition and build up the unique perspective on the world that each author needs. My scientific education and my experiences in health and in teaching women’s Bible studies have a direct bearing on the types of stories I write—and I couldn’t have written those stories if I’d taken a different path.

9. Where do you see yourself / your family in 10 years?
Only the Lord knows! I’d like to think I’m still writing and teaching and speaking—I love these roles so much. Our three children are all on the perfect career paths for them—one in engineering, one in business, and on in the Navy specializing in meteorology and oceanography—and I can’t wait to see how those paths continue to develop. Our daughter is married to a wonderful man, and I hope our two sons find wonderful women to marry. And yes, I’d love to have at least one grandchild in ten years.


10. What makes you happy?
My kids, especially when they’re all together. After all the bickering years, it’s such a joy watching them truly enjoying each other’s company, having fun together, but also supporting and encouraging each other. Also, my husband, our cat and dog, going on hikes, reading, a crisp autumn day—so many things.

11. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself, your writing, or how to pursue a career in the publishing world?
Writers’ conferences are the best way to pursue publishing. Learning about the craft and the industry, meeting editors and agents, and perhaps most important—meeting other writers. Publishing is a strange and solitary profession, and it’s vital to have other people who understand you and what you’re doing. I’ve made some of my absolute best friends in the world at conferences.
          
  THANK YOU!


Check out Sarah Sundin's latest World War II series....Waves of Freedom

Waves of Freedom series blurb:
During the early years of World War II, three naval officers based in Boston find adventure in the Battle of the Atlantic and are captivated by three lovely women—a shipyard worker, a pharmacist, and a WAVE. Battles erupt on the high seas. Mysteries arise on the Home Front. Family ties and friendships are tested. And love is found where least expected.

(Yvie's Note : I've read these, and they're really good!!)

When Tides Turn blurb (Waves of Freedom #3, Revell, March 14, 2017)
When Quintessa Beaumont learns the US Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, eager to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. Lt. Dan Avery employs his skills in antisubmarine warfare to fight U-boats at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, but the last thing he wants to see on his radar is fun-loving Tess. As Dan and Tess work together in Boston, the changes in Tess challenge his notions—and his heart.

Get your copy of When Tides Turn!

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