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Welcome back to Writing for Christ Sarah Sundin, I am excited to have you here for a second time. :-)
What has changed in your writing life since you were last here?
It’s been a wonderful, busy year. With Every Letter, the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, just came out, and I’m finishing up my publisher’s content edit on the second book, On Distant Shores (June 2013). Now I’m working on the third book, plus playing with ideas for another series. I’ve also done more speaking, including being the speaker for a weekend women’s retreat, one of the highlights of my year.
What recent read stood out to you as truly spectacular?
How to pick? I’ve read so many good books this year, and some gorgeous books taunt me from the to-be-read pile. One that stuck with me is Carla Stewart’s Stardust. Each of her books gets better and better. In Stardust, Carla’s voice is so beautiful and lyrical, the characters are eclectic and fascinating, the setting is a character of its own, and the message of forgiveness comes through in a startlingly refreshing way.
Do you have favorite authors?
This gets harder every year as I add more authors to the list. Some of my favorites off the top of my head include Laura Frantz, Dan Walsh, Liz Curtis Higgs, Dale Cramer, Athol Dickson, Jill Eileen Smith, and Lorna Seilstad. I also had the privilege of reading debut author Joanne Bischof’s Be Still My Soul for endorsement and had to add her to my list too!
What do you find the most enjoyable part of writing or connecting with readers?
I like almost every part—the thrill of a new idea, research, getting to know my characters, wrestling my plot into submission, the flow of writing the rough draft, and even editing. Connecting with readers is a new joy. I’ve met some of the most fascinating people through reader e-mails and Facebook messages—and in person too
What do you find the most ideal atmosphere for writing? Do you ever get those surroundings? J
My lovely desk in my quiet office. Since two of our kids are in high school and the oldest is away at college, I have relative quiet during the school day. However, our yellow lab isn’t fond of quiet and does her best to disrupt it.
Okay, something fun for those writers out there: In what point of your writing career did you surprise yourself by writing the most words ever in the shortest amount of time?
I didn’t know this at the time, but my first six months of writing were extraordinarily productive. I wrote a 750-page (!!!) novel in six months, and I could only write about two hours a day back then. Granted, it was 750 horrendous pages, and that book will never be published (please, please burn it when I die!), but I’ve never come close to that pace since then. Nor do I want to.
Thanks for being here again! It has been a joy and we wish the very best with your novels.
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