Each Monday I would like to take some time to get to know some of our favorite authors. My hope is that this will help readers connect with the authors.
Today I would like to introduce you to: Sarah Sundin!
Sarah writes some of the best WWII fiction that I have ever read! I find myself eagerly awaiting her next release!
Sarah Sundin is a bestselling author of World War II novels, including When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series. Her novel The Land Beneath Us was a 2020 Christy Award finalist, The Sky Above Us received the 2020 Carol Award, and The Sea Before Us received the 2019 Reader’s Choice Award from Faith, Hope, and Love. A mother of three adult children, Sarah lives in California and enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups.
To help us get to know her, I have given her some questions and here are her responses:
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Twenty-one years, almost to the day. Unlike most authors, I didn’t plan on writing for a career, but in January 2000, I was slammed with a story idea that wouldn’t let me go. I’ve been writing ever since.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I’m doing publicity for When Twilight Breaks, I just finished my 2022 release (following two Americans in Nazi-occupied France in 1941 when the US was still neutral), getting ready to write my 2023 release, and planning out stories for 2024 and beyond!
Q: What are some of your writing must haves? (Drink, snack, supplies, etc.)
A: Actually, I’m really flexible. All I need is my laptop—or pen and paper. I started writing during my soccer mom years, so I learned to write whenever and wherever. I do like to have coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon, but I schedule my snack times and don’t link them to my writing.
Q: What is your favorite time period to write about? Or read about?
A: All my novels have been set during World War II. Although When Twilight Breaks is set in 1938, before war officially breaks out, the events occurring in Nazi Germany in 1938 made war all but inevitable. It was interesting to track these events through the eyes of my foreign correspondent heroine.
The bulk of my reading is also World War II. I always have a nonfiction research book going, and I receive a lot of WWII novels to read for endorsement. But I love reading about other time periods too—any time period! History fascinates me.
Q: What are some of your favorite books?
A: Oh my. So many! Some of my favorite authors are Melanie Dobson, Laura Frantz, Jocelyn Green, Amanda Dykes, Kristy Cambron, and so many more.
Q: If you could spend a day with one fictional character, who would you pick and what would you do?
A: I’d love to spend a day with Evelyn Brand, the heroine of When Twilight Breaks. She’s brave and gutsy and outspoken—my polar opposite, and I know she’d lead me on an adventure.
I have saved my favorite question for last!
Q: What would you like readers to take away from your books?
A: When I’m writing each book, messages float to the top—and I think that’s what the reader is supposed to take away. But then readers contact me and mention other messages. In essence, God takes my feeble words, my loaves and fish, and he turns them into what the reader needs. It’s an amazing process to watch. In general, a message that always emerges is to turn to the Lord for the courage and strength to get through hard times—a timely a message today as it was in World War II.
To connect with Sarah, please click on any of the following links: her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
I’m also featuring her newest release, When Twilight Breaks. It releases tomorrow! I can’t wait to read this one! Be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf!
About the book:
Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country–or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she’ll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed–and wake up the folks back home.
In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party–to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can’t get off his mind.