Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sarah Sundin ~ Interview + Giveaway!

Today author Sarah Sundin is telling us about her new book, A Distant Melody. She has offered an autographed copy of her book to one lucky commenter. She will also be stopping by throughout the week to answer your questions! So if you have anything you want to ask her, you can include it in your comment for entering the contest. If you are only leaving a question in the comment and not entering the giveaway please say so.

Welcome, Sarah! Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in northern California with my husband and three children, a skittish cat and a yellow lab who eats my pens. When I’m not ferrying kids to soccer and karate, I work on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teach Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. A Distant Melody is my debut novel.

How long have you been writing? How many books do you have published?
I’ve been writing for ten years. My debut novel, A Distant Melody, released this month. A Memory Between Us, the second book in the Wings of Glory series, comes out September 2010, and the third book comes out Fall 2011.

If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be? Also, how would you rate the romance in you books?
Ooh, the question I hated most when writing my query letters! I usually compare it to novels by Tricia Goyer, Lynn Austin, and Robin Lee Hatcher, because they also wrote stories set during World War II, with both action and romance as well as attention to historical detail. I think my writing is PG—plenty of kissing for romance fans, but not overly sensual. As a mother of a fourteen-year-old girl, I have no problem recommending it even for young teens.

In your own words tell us a little about A Distant Melody.
A Distant Melody is the first book in the Wings of Glory series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.

Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie Miller will do anything to gain her approval—even marry a man she doesn't love. Lt. Walter Novak—fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women—takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?

What made you want to write this story?
This story came out of a “what if” question in a contemporary novel I wrote (very badly). What if a man and woman met at an event, truly clicked, and parted before exchanging contact info? Wouldn’t it be romantic if he went through great effort to track her down? Obviously it wouldn’t work in a contemporary setting—he’d “Google” her—but it made a sweet premise for a historical. My husband and I watched a History Channel special on the US Eighth Air Force based in England which flew over Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, and I had my link. My great-uncle was a B-17 bomber pilot with the Eighth, so I had access to family stories plus his personal letters. My research fascinated me so much, the story expanded to become a trilogy, with each book focusing on one of three brothers.

What research did you have to do for this book?
As a reader, historical inaccuracies throw me out of the story, so I wanted my own novels to be as accurate as possible. I have to confess, I now have over two hundred books and websites in my bibliography. Yes, that’s sick. Since the heroes in this series are B-17 bomber pilots—but I’ve never flown a plane—I read a “How to Fly a Plane” book to get the basics, purchased copies of the actual B-17 pilot’s manual and the training film (pure gold!), and ran the flying scenes past a pilot friend. For home front information, I use everything from Top Ten lists, to fashion style guides, to the Time Capsule series with extracts from Time Magazine. Lately I’ve been poring over microfilm of my local newspaper for everything from the price of a dress, to rationing updates, to the weather. Plus fun little trivia, like how the PTA met at Mrs. So-and-So’s house on D Street where they knit socks for soldiers.

Who would you pick to play the lead roles if this book was made into a movie?
That would be hard! Neither Allie nor Walt is considered good-looking—except in each other’s eyes—and almost all Hollywood types are gorgeous. I haven’t seen anyone who matches the characters in my mind—including the very cute cover models.

What are you working on now or going to write next?
Right now I’m doing publicity for A Distant Melody, going through Revell’s edits for A Memory Between Us, polishing Book 3 before I turn it in, and preparing a proposal for another series, which will follow three flight nurses during World War II. I’m doing the published author juggling act!

How can readers get in contact with you?
I love to hear from readers!

Email: sarah@sarahsundin.com

Website: http://www.sarahsundin.com/

Blog: http://www.sarahsundin.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sarahsundin

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sarahsundin

What are you currently reading?
I’m reading Abigail by Jill Eileen Smith in the Wives of King David series. I’m really enjoying it, but I’m so busy right now with my book release that I don’t have time to read. Grr.

Tell us something surprising about yourself that readers may not know.
During summer breaks in college, I worked as a ride operator at Knott’s Berry Farm. I knew how to jump on and off a moving merry-go-round. Don’t ask to see it now.

What is your favorite birthday memory?
When I turned twenty-two, my husband and I had been dating just a few weeks. He took me out to dinner at the Charthouse in Sausalito, where we watched the sun set over the San Francisco Bay, and then he took me to the symphony. I think we beamed at each other the entire evening. I was tumbling in love with him.


Cake flavor/kind?
Homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting—no nuts!

Most treasured birthday gift?
Another tough question! A meaningful gift I received a few years ago was my mother’s sapphire ring, which has been in the family for several generations. I love the heritage—plus blue’s my favorite color.

Disney Princess?
Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Hands down. Not only is she bright, strong, loyal, and a head-in-the-clouds reader—but she falls in love with Beast because of who he is, not what he looks like. Sigh. Now that’s romance.

What is/was this book’s release date?
March 1, 2010!

Do you have a link to a place to read the first chapter of this book?

**USA residents only, please**
Okay readers, here is your chance to win an autographed copy of A Distant Melody!


*Leave a comment with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win).

*Please specify that you want to be included in the contest!

*If you want an extra entry, become one of my followers.

*The comment is mandatory. (Please, say in the comment if you are a follower!! It makes my job easier when you do.) You will not be entered unless you leave a comment. If you are already a follower, and then you leave a comment, you will still get two entries in the contest.

*The contest will run from today (March 23) until 6:00 CST on Thursday (March 25). I will announce the winner that night. The winner is always randomly drawn. I will contact the winner on Friday the 26th, and then that person will have one week to reply. If the winner doesn't reply within that time period, I will pick a new winner.

Good luck! Thanks for visiting.


Marjorie said...
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Marjorie said...

Oh no, Please delete my comment I live in Canada. I was overanxious when I saw what book it was.

Abi said...

Oh, I'd love to win this book. Thanks
I'm a follower too.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

rubynreba said...

I'd love to be entered for this book. Thanks.

I am a follower.


Merry said...

I enjoyed the interview and would love a chance to win A Distant Melody. Thanks!

I'm a follower.

The Bookworm said...

I'd love to be entered!


The Bookworm said...

I'm a blog follower.


Megan said...

Speaking of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting...My in-laws live in Slovakia and when they came here for our wedding, the one thing they wanted a recipe for was carrot cake!!

I would love a chance to win this book!

Inspired by Fiction


Megan said...

I'm a follower!

Katy said...

I have heard nothing but great things about this book! Please enter me in the giveaway!

I am a follower!


Sarah Sundin said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I'm thtilled that you've already heard of my book!
Carman - thank you so much for posting this! Happy Birthday!

LaTawnia said...

Ooh Ooh Pick me, Pick me! Enter me in the contest!

I am a follower!


Barbara said...

Please enter me in the drawing. I am a subscriber in Google Reader. Thanks.


denise said...

Congrats on your book. I've been reading great reviews about it.
Would love to read it.

I am a follower.

pixie13 said...

Sounds great. Please accept my entry. Thanks!
I'm a follower


Charity said...

Please include me:) Thanks!!


Charity said...

I am also a blog follower~~

Michelle said...

I would like to enter the drawing.

Thank you,
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Michelle said...

I follow your blog.

Thank you,
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Julia said...

I found that was interesting that Sarah worked at Knott's berry farm. Would love ot read this one.


Julia said...

I'm an email subscriber.


Deborah said...

I would love to receive the book! I am a follower of your blog!
Please enter me in the drawing.

Carole said...

Carman, I love your new picture! And you have several "must have" books up this week.

A Distant Melody is receiving great reviews and I am eager to read it. My Dad served in World War II and the cover reminds me of him. Thank you for a very interesting interview and chance to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Carole said...

I'm also a follower and subscribe to your blog.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Lindsey Parker said...

Oh I have been craving to read this book please enter me! Thanks!:)

Ashley (Ibreath2read) said...

What a great interview, Carman!
I've heard this book is fantastic so I would loved to enter the giveaway!;)
Love Ya,

Ashley (Ibreath2read) said...

Oh! I forgot to say I was a follower *wink* LOL
Love Ya,

Winning Readings said...

Looks like a terrific book - I have someone in mind I'd love to give it to.

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/03/distant-melody.html

Linda Kish said...

Please include me.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

grannyvon said...

I would love to win this book. I am retired and unable to drive anymore so reading(as it has always been) is what I do most. Thanks for the chance to win this one. ybutler@oppcatv.com

Stephanie said...

Ok, the WWII genre is one of my favorites and I'd love to win this book by Sarah! I love even more that Sarah uses her own family's WWII history to write this trilogy!

Thanks for the chance!!

mybabyblessings [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good read. Please enter me.

ebeandebe at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

Please include me in this contest, sounds like a great read!


Jennifer said...

I'm a follower, too!

Lydia M. said...

Please enter me into the contest.


Carman said...

Carole~ Thanks so much! My mom took that picture at my friend's birthday party. :)

Thanks, Winning Readings!

Kelsey said...

Sounds like a great book, count me into the contest and thanks for having it!

I am a follower of your blog.


Kathryn said...

This is on my to-read list! I'd love to win a copy :)

Please enter me.


Lindsey B. said...

wow, this book looks SO good! please enter me for the giveaway! :) thanks.

Emily said...

This book looks awesome!
Please enter me1


Cindy W. said...

I am a follower and I would love to be entered into your drawing. I just have to read this book. I love the cover. It reminds me of one of my favorite old time movies, The Best Years of My Life". Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.