Sarah Sundin, author of "With Every Letter", "On Distant Shores", "A Distant Melody", "A Memory Between Us", and "Blue Skies Tomorrow" answers 10 questions about her favorite time period in history, her favorite figures from history, and the age old question of coffee or tea.
1. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
I’ve never really wanted to live anyone else’s life. I’d love to go back and observe, or go back and be myself in different eras, but not be someone else.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
1945 would be interesting—World War II was coming to an end, and the world was preparing for a transition to peace. It seems like a year of optimism tempered by reality. But of course, I’d love to go back to any time during the war just to observe.
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Winston Churchill (for his wit, if nothing else), Jimmy Stewart (he was more than a talented actor; he flew bombers in WWII), Glenn Miller (a class act all around, who gave up his orchestra at peak popularity to serve his country), Ernie Pyle (I just love his writing and his appreciation of the common soldier), and any of the flight nurses in World War II (these women were true pioneers).
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Burg Eltz in Germany. It’s not a big tourist draw, partly because it’s off the beaten path and requires a wee hike, but it’s utterly charming. The castle itself is gorgeous but still cozy, and it’s nestled beside a sparkling stream among hills.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
I’d love to go with Tricia Goyer and Cara Putman. The three of us are currently working on a WWII Christmas novella collection, and we’re having so much fun. Although we each enjoy writing about WWII, we have different strengths, weaknesses, and areas of expertise. Just a few weeks ago, Cara gave me a tour of Lafayette, Indiana, where our novellas are set, and we had a lot of fun.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
I’m afraid this isn’t my historical area of expertise. Henry VIII certainly scores big on the “interesting” scale—a complex man of great strengths and huge flaws. Louis XIV scores high on the dashing scale (a bit too high for my taste).
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Catherine Parr is very interesting to me—not only did she manage to survive and not be divorced by Henry, but she was intelligent, an author, and worked to reconcile Henry with his daughters. I think I would have liked her.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
English all the way.
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
Jane Austen’s "Persuasion", "Emma", and "Pride and Prejudice". Every time I read them, I enjoy them more.
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Both…but not at the same time. I like the rude jolt of coffee in the morning to get me started (NOT a morning person), and I prefer tea in the afternoon—iced tea in the summer and hot tea in the winter. This summer’s favorites were green tea with pomegranate and blackberry, and black tea with raspberry.
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