Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Sarah Sundin & The Sound of Light

Posted February 23, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, romance, Sarah Sundin / 44 Comments

I’m so excited to have author Sarah Sundin here to talk about her new book, The Sound of Light, and give us a peek at her writing spot where all these fabulous stories come to life!

THE SOUND OF LIGHT by Sarah Sundin
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction/Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 7, 2023
PAGES: 374

When the Germans march into Denmark, Baron Henrik Ahlefeldt exchanges his nobility for anonymity, assuming a new identity so he can secretly row messages for the Danish Resistance across the waters to Sweden.

American physicist Dr. Else Jensen refuses to leave Copenhagen and abandon her research–her life’s dream. While printing resistance newspapers, she hears stories of the movement’s legendary Havmand–the merman–and wonders if the mysterious and silent shipyard worker living in the same boardinghouse has something to hide.

When the Occupation cracks down on the Danes, these two passionate people will discover if there is more power in speech . . . or in silence. Bestselling author of more than a dozen WWII novels, Sarah Sundin offers pens another story of ordinary people responding to extraordinary circumstances with faith, fortitude, and hope for a brighter future.


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my writing spot

by Sarah Sundin, author of The Sound of Light

This past summer, my husband and I moved from Northern California to Southern California. When we were house-hunting, many features stood out in the various homes—great views, lovely backyards, and gorgeous kitchens.

Then we saw the house.

We loved the neighborhood, the yard, the kitchen, and more. But what tipped me over the edge, in one of those “angels singing” moments, was the office.

I love my office.

The huge, L-shaped desk has tons of cupboards for my binders (I love binders), drawers for office supplies (I love office supplies), and plenty of surface for spreading out books and binders and pens. I make a huge mess when I write.

To fuel the process, I keep coffee to my side in the morning and tea in the afternoon—hot in the winter, iced in the summer.

On the shelves of the desk, I keep reference books, World War II mementos, gifts from friends, and awards to remind myself that my writing isn’t as horrid as it seems in the middle of the rough draft.

Bookcases for my research books fill the wall beside my desk, and the closet provides space to stash mailing supplies, giveaway books, and more office supplies.

A bonus feature was the space under the window for a small couch. I do my brainstorming and outlining by hand—it stimulates my creativity—and I like to cuddle on a couch to do this. In the past, this meant sitting in the family room, where family naturally assumes I’m “doing nothing.” And a wife and mom doing nothing must naturally be searching for something—which husband and children are happy to supply.

Now I have an escape.

But I’m not alone.

One of my writing buddies is pictured. His name is Senshi (Japanese for “warrior”), and he’s a rescue Jindo dog—a Korean breed. He’s a sweetheart and very quiet, unless he wants a walk. Then he squeaks at me.

Not pictured is my other buddy, Iris, a black lab mix, also a rescue. She’s a sweetheart too, but boisterous. When she wants a walk, she bumps me with her nose.

I can’t walk them both together. The last time . . . well, Iris bolted after a lap dog, Senshi followed to protect his woman, and I went airborne in full Superman pose, face-planted in a rosemary bush (which did taste nice), and broke my hand.

So, my husband and I divide and conquer. As much as I love my office, my husband and dogs do their best work by pulling me out of the office. Brisk walks in the fresh air stave off the effects of my sedentary job and get the blood and the ideas flowing.

Then I can return to my story world. Not pictured, but it’s there. All the space, all the supplies, all the binders and pens and coffee—all serve one purpose. To create story.

Sarah Sundin is a bestselling author of World War II novels, including The Sound of Light. Her novel Until Leaves Fall in Paris received the 2022 Christy Award, and The Sky Above Us received the Carol Award. Sarah lives in California and serves as co-director of the West Coast Christian Writers Conference.

Revell is offering a print copy of The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin to TWO of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin? What’s your fave part about Sarah’s office?

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44 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Sarah Sundin & The Sound of Light

  1. Nancy

    My favorite part of her office is the huge L-shaped desk with built in cabinets and shelves above and drawers below. It is sleek and has everything a writer would need: storage, room for a computer and a printer, etc.

  2. Betsy T.

    What a great office! I love the bookshelves, all the natural light and definitely the canine office mate🙂.

  3. Ruth Jarrett

    I have read 2 of Sarah’s books and look forward to reading The Sound of Light. Thankyou for the opportunity to win.

  4. Steph

    This one sounds great. I have always been a fan of books about ordinary people responding to extraordinary circumstances.

  5. Jan S

    I enjoy Sarah Sundin’s books and would love to add this to my stash and read her wonderful story. I love the L-shaped desk and all the cupboards!

  6. Would love to win a print copy, especially since she is one of my favorite authors, and enjoy her style of writing and the topic. Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! God bless!

  7. anne

    The Sound of Light is captivating and unforgettable. My favorite era and World War 2 novels are profound and meaningful. Sarah’s office is so conducive for work and very well designed. The bookshelves are extraordinary as the desk so spacious and practical.

  8. Jocelyn

    I have read Sarah’s’ other books and I love them. Love her office. I have a bookcase that looks just as full 🙂

  9. Megan H

    Couch by the window 🙂

    I haven’t “been to Denmark” in my wanderings.
    Always learning about history in every single book by Sarah!

  10. Anna B.

    Love Sarah Sundin’s book! The imagery, the well-researched but not overwhelming detail, the beautifully flawed characters… such a pleasure to read.

  11. Suzanne Sellner

    I love WWII novels and really look forward to reading this one. I’m so glad you’ve found a magnificent office in your new home and are enjoying using it to create more stories. Thank you for all the stories you’ve created thus far and for all the ones you’ll create in the future!

  12. Perrianne Askew

    I love Susan Sundin’s novels and especially appreciate the historical detail and of course her gorgeous covers.

  13. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the guest post with Sarah Sundin. It’s always to learn a bit more about an author.

    “The Sound of Light” has three things going for it – lovely cover, amazing sounding storyline and an era I love to read. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review it.

  14. Cathy

    I think the couch is a final plus to a great office space! I consider Sarah somewhat of a pioneer in terms of good WWII Christian historical fiction. I have followed her for some years now, after discovering a book from her first series in my library.

  15. Sylvia Rodriguez

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love all of Sarah Sundon’s books I’ve read so far & look forward to this one as well!

  16. susan atkins

    I am a great fan of WW11 books- after reading the book excerpt I would like to read this book- I really like your desk

  17. Teri DiVincenzo

    I’ve really enjoyed other books by Sarah Sundin—the history, the characters, the romance, the settings. This looks amazing, and the cover is marvelous!

  18. Laura DeLaRosa

    I love your office! One day I would love to have an office, a spot to put my computer, spread my things out. Right now I don’t have a spot for my computer, so everything I do is on my Kindle or my phone.

  19. Candie Luster

    I like the corner desk. I work from home and I am just now getting closer to how I would like my office. Thankyou

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