Heroine Interview from With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin

» Posted on Sep 13, 2012 in Blog | 32 comments

This week I’m hosting  Cynthia Ruchti with Cedar Creek Seasons, Winnie Griggs with Handpicked Husband,  Sarah Sundin with With Every Letter, and Lily George with The Temporary Betrothal. If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (September 16th) evening.

Interview with the heroine from With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin:

1. Mellie, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

What makes me unusual in 1942 America is how I straddle two cultures. I’m one-quarter Filipino, and as a child I accompanied my botanist father on his excursions in the Philippines. I’ve always been too American in the Philippines and too foreign in America.

2. What do you do for fun?

I like to read, draw, and go for walks. And I love to sing. Music allows me to express myself, and it comforts my patients.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Talking to people. As a nurse, I feel comfortable with my patients, but social situations make me nervous. After being rejected so many times, I prefer to keep to myself.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

While I’m used to being rejected based on superficial things, I’d be broken if someone who knew the deepest parts of my soul rejected me.

5. What do you want out of life?

Flight nursing fulfills so many of my dreams—to show mercy to the sick and wounded, to travel to new and exciting locations, and to be able to support myself. But deep inside I long for a true friend to share with.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Showing mercy. Papa always said mercy was the special gift the Lord gave me that I give back to others. Nothing makes me feel better than to comfort the hurting.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

I do. I love the classics and anything about other lands and cultures. Reading allows me to travel in my mind.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My mouth. It’s so wide and full, and I’ve always been teased about it. My father says I have an exotic beauty, but he’s biased. However, that can’t be changed. One thing I’d like to change about myself—and that I’m working on—is to learn how to make friends.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

I’ve never had a pet since my father and I never stayed long in one place. I’ve always loved birds in the wild, but it would break my heart to put one in a cage. Someday I’d love to have a dog. They’re so friendly and loyal and accepting.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

Oh my, what a fun question! Traveling is my favorite activity. I’ve explored the Philippines and Southeast Asia with my father, and I’m hoping I can see other new countries as a flight nurse. But to travel back in time? Fascinating. Perhaps I could join the Lewis and Clark expedition, or sail with Columbus, or settle with the Pilgrims, or travel in a wagon train along the Oregon Trail. How exciting it must have been to set out for completely unknown lands. And I’m sure a good nurse would have been useful on any of these journeys.


  1. I just want to say that With Every Letter is an AWESOME book! Sarah Sundin presents WWII as if she were there…well researched. Congratulations to whoever wins this book. I know you will love it as much as I did. 🙂

    😀 Smiles & Blessings
    Cindy W.

    • Thank you, Cindy! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book – and appreciated the research 🙂

  2. I’m looking forward to reading WITH EVERY LETTER. An interesting era too.


  3. I would love to win this. I have been to her website. Just learned about her. I know all about rejection and being afraid to let people get to know me anymore. That is all I’ve know since moving to Ozarks here. Before I had friends. I love nurses. They are so special. I always share books with mine.

    • Hi Jane. Thank you for your interest. And I’m praying you’ll find special friends in your new home. It’s so hard to be alone.

  4. Mellie’s story sounds really intriguing and I can not wait to read it!

    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  5. I added With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin to my wish list as soon as I heard that it was coming out, and would love the opportunity to win it.



    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

  6. Thanks for the chance to win Sarah’s book! I’m looking forward to getting my turn at reading it…I’m entering for a friend, though. Fingers crossed!


  7. I loved your other three books and can’t wait to read this one.


  8. Hi,

    Great interview with the main character of With Every Letter. I’m really looking forward to one day reading this book and series. Please enter me into the drawing. I’d love to add Sarah Sundin and Milly’s story onto my bookshelf. My email address is mysterylover[at]yahoo[dot]com.

    • Sorry. That should have read Mellie’s story. Again sorry about that.

      • Thanks, Gabrielle! And don’t worry – Mellie’s used to having her name misspelled 🙂 At least you caught it!

  9. What a great interview! I always love getting to know characters a little better. Mellie sounds like a wonderful character! =)


    • Thanks, Elyssa! I’m rather fond of her 🙂

  10. Great interview and awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win this book… looks great!


  11. I was so excited to learn of a new Sarah Sundin book last week and now a chance to win it!! I love historical Christian fiction and absolutely loved my first reads by Sarah.

  12. Sounds like a fun read with a great setting!
    Historical fiction. 🙂

  13. Hi Sarah!

    I enjoyed learning a bit about you! I see we have some things in common ( I like reading, taking waks, music and showing mercy to others too!)

    Bless you and Magaret for this post!

    I’m really interested in reading your books!

    g.gclermont AT gmail DOT com

  14. Oups that was not waks but rather walks! 🙂

  15. The heroine sounds intriguing.


  16. looking forward to reading this book. My brother-in-law got me interested in WWII books and from what I gather, this is a well-researched book with interesting characters.

    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

  17. I would love to win this book! But otherwise I am going to buy it! I have really enjoyed all the other books, Sarah Sundin has written, and this one sounds amazing! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

  18. Great interview! I really can’t wait to read this book!


  19. Thanks, everyone! WordPress won’t let me make any more individual replies. But I appreciate the interest! Hope you all enjoy the book.

  20. would love to read sarah’s latest novel…thanks for the chance 🙂

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