My Writing Spot with Sarah Sundin

Happy Thursday! At Hope By the Book we are trying out some new regular features here on the website, and today’s guest - author Sarah Sundin - is kicking off our “My Writing Spot” feature!

My Writing Spot

by Sarah Sundin, author of The Sky Above Us

The author curls up in her armchair upholstered in fabric coordinated with her book cover, sniffs a bouquet of her heroine’s favorite flowers, and pens her novel while the soundtrack of her story plays in the background.

Um, not me.

My writing space is a combination of the practical, the motivational, and the inspirational.

The office is on the ground floor of the house so I could referee sibling squabbles when our kids were still at home. I have a lovely big L-shaped desk with a view of our rosebushes and the little bush birdies that eat the aphids—and attract my kitty-cat!

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On the practical side, I have everything I need at hand and plenty of space to spread out materials as I write. On my desktop I keep ballpoint pens, Sharpies, highlighters, binder clips, and Post-It tabs in every color. I like color! One desk drawer serves as a file cabinet, and others contain office supplies and colored divider pages and binder pockets and such. Did I mention I like colors? And binders? And colored binders?

A hutch above my desk holds my pretty, color-coordinated binders with my research materials and story materials. I really, really like binders. Two large bookshelves house my research books and writing reference books, and my husband built shelves in the closet for mailing supplies, office supplies, and books I sell at speaking events. All very practical and time-saving.

On the motivational side, a bulletin board above my desk keeps me on task. There I post my monthly, weekly, and daily schedules, my writing goals, and a time log. As a reforming procrastinator, I need the visual cues to keep me moving in the right direction so I don’t miss deadlines. I don’t like missing deadlines. I like color. And binders.

On the inspirational side, I display little things that make me happy. Since I write World War II novels, I have tiny models of a P-51 fighter plane and a B-17 bomber, a pocket soldier’s Bible, sand from Omaha Beach in a commemorative jar, and a vintage ad for Douglas Aircraft featuring a flight nurse.

To remind me I’m not alone in this world, I have pictures and gifts from friends, a pilot bear from my engineer son who used to work for an aircraft company, a sailor bear representing my son in the Navy (he sings “Anchors Aweigh” when you press his paw!), and…I’m still waiting for an accountant bear from my accountant daughter. Hint, hint, young lady.

Other authors have more beautiful writing spaces and certainly more romantic ones, but mine does the job. My space gives me the tools and the space I need to write, the motivation to keep writing, and the inspiration to remind me why I write. And color. And binders. What more could I want?



Sarah Sundin is a bestselling author of historical novels, including The Sky Above Us and The Sea Before Us. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California and teaches Sunday school. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups. Please visit her at

What people are saying about this series

"Combines heart-pounding war action with inspirational romance."--Publishers Weekly

"Excellent historical research with fast-paced, breathtaking suspense."--Library Journal

"Another deftly crafted gem of a novel . . . simply riveting from beginning to end."--Midwest Book Reviews



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Burdened by his past, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe as the Allies struggle for control of the air before D-day.

Violet Lindstrom wants to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment and refreshments for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her programs for local children.

Adler finds his defenses crumbling. But D-day draws near.

And secrets can’t stay buried forever.