Welcome back, Sarah. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
The spiritual themes in each story arise from the characters and whatever issues they face. Themes I’ve explored include trust, fear, shame, pride, obedience, and forgiveness. I think a lot of Christians allow fear or shame or a lack of trust to hold them back from what God wants them to do (I know I have!), and pride seems to be at the root of a great deal of sins we struggle with, so those issues do tend to pop up frequently in my characters’ lives too.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
My next novel, On Distant Shores, is coming out in June 2013, the second book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, and the third book in the series comes out in June 2014.
If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I think I’d like to meet Kay Arthur. With her heart for the Lord and for the Word, I know conversations would be delightful.
What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
I’d like to meet Lucy Maud Montgomery. I love the Anne of Green Gables books and
humor and dreaminess and insight into humanity.
How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
That’s an experience I know well. I had five years of rejection letters, which were difficult—but were also the years God used to teach me some powerful lessons about humility and trust and faith and obedience. For authors facing rejection now, my first bit of advice is to keep taking your dream to the Lord, offering it with wide-open hands for Him to do with as He pleases. If it’s clear He still wants you to write and submit, do so wholeheartedly. Keep praying, keep writing, keep submitting. God’s definition of success is very different from the world’s definition—He honors faithfulness and obedience.
Tell us about the featured book.
With Every Letter is the first book of the Wings of the Nightingale series, which follows three World War II flight nurses in the
Mediterranean. 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?
Please give us the first page of the book.
October 2, 1942
Lt. Philomela Blake believed mornings should start gently, with the nighttime melting into golden sunshine and birdsong luring to wakefulness.
Most nurses on the morning shift assaulted the patients with electric light and harsh voices, but not Mellie.
She pulled the cord of the blackout curtain and sang “At Last,” and the volume of her tune built with the intensity of light. Hurting and healing men deserved a soft hand.
On the nearest bed, Corporal Sloan shifted under the blankets. He’d undergone an appendectomy late last night. “Any dame . . .” He cleared his throat, his voice raspy from the ether. “Any dame with the voice of an angel must have a face to match.”
Mellie’s song and her hands stilled. How many soldiers dreamed of a beautiful nurse who might fall in love with him?
He rubbed his eyes, looked at her, and his smile flickered.
Papa called Mellie his exotic orchid, but American men seemed to prefer roses.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Website: http://www.sarahsundin.comTwitter: http://twitter.com/sarahsundin
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