Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! STOP # 18

Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! STOP # 18, Sarah Sundin’s Blog.

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WELCOME to the Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! We hope you enjoy meeting Christian Author Network members as you chase down clues for the chance to win our grand prize: $200 in gift cards from CBD, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon, plus 29 free books, one from each participating CAN author!
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Linda, I love the unique premises of your FBI thrillers—tracing genetic codes of seeds in Seeds of Evidence, and now a psycholinguist in Words of Conviction. Where did these great ideas come from?
Janet Grant, my agent, initially told me about a show she’d seen on plant DNA and criminal investigations. That intrigued me, and I researched the subject with horticulturalists and forensic botanists. Eventually, a story grew! Regarding Words of Conviction, one of my best friends was the FBI’s only forensic psycholinguist until she retired. Her ability to detect deception and analyze language fascinated me. It still does! She is a tremendous resource.
Tell us a bit about your research with the FBI Academy.
My husband worked at the Academy making training videos for over 27 years. (My kids and I acted in some of them!) When I got my first idea for an FBI thriller, Larry took me over to the Academy and began introducing me to people. (That was before 9/11, when access was easier.) The agents were so kind—they shared their expertise (nothing secret!), allowed me to observe training classes, and taught me everything from probable cause to prosecutions. I was so impressed with them! From the beginning, I have tried to make the law enforcement techniques in my novels as authentic as possible to honor their work.
I saw on your blog that you had a personal tour of the Library of Congress! What were your favorite things?
That tour was serendipity that came as a result of a contact with two readers at a book signing! Three things really impressed me: One, the high level of education and training of copyright examiners (which these two ladies are). Both have advanced degrees and spent a year learning to discern the validity of copyright applications. Second, the art in the main Library building is simply stunning. Murals, sculptures, marble figures, tile inlays—the beauty of the building reflects a high level of appreciation for words and learning and creativity.  Third, God is at work even in those exalted halls: After meeting me at a book signing, one of the ladies felt God nudging her through a theme in “Seeds of Evidence.” The next week, on the last workday, the very last book copyright she was given to review was … “Seeds of Evidence.” The chances of that are infinitesimally small, unless of course you have a God who is involved in the tiniest details of your life!
Thank you, Linda, and thank you, Readers/Hunters. Ready to continue?


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My debut novel, A Distant Melody is available as a FREE e-book on Kindle and at ChristianBook.com

Also, I’m giving away a copy of either my latest novel, On Distant Shores, or my upcoming novel, In Perfect Time, when it comes out in August – winner’s choice! Leave a comment about the most interesting job you’ve had – or that you’ve heard of (any psycholinguists among us?). Giveaway ends at midnight March 27, 2014, and the winner will be announced here on this blog on March 28 – and the winner will be notified by email. US and Canada only please! Enter here via Rafflecopter:
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Now, proceed to STOP # 19, Linda J. White’s site!

129 Responses to “Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! STOP # 18”

  1. Elyssa

    How fun! I think that the most interesting jobs that I’ve heard of are on the show, Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. He always has something interesting on there- and pretty nasty! 😉

    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  2. Jackie McNutt

    Great post! I have not had a job other than housewife 46 years and raised 5 boys to be great adults ! But it is not an unusual job but admire hospice teams for what they do.
    thank you

  3. Sereina

    There’s quite a few interesting jobs that I’ve heard of, but the on I remember right now is the window washers that clean some of the tallest buildings in the world. I’m afraid of heights, so I’d never be able to do that!

  4. Lauren

    I had a friend in college who’s father is an elevator repairman. When someone gets stuck in an elevator . . . he’s the one they call! And my friend informs me that it happens more often than you’d like to think. She was once stuck in an elevator and was able to call her dad and he talked her through what to do 🙂

    As for me, I’m a page at the library (hoping to find something full time soon, but oh well) and you would never believe the questions people call the library to ask!

    • Sarah Sundin

      I love the elevator job! How interesting. As for being a page at a library…that’s a dream job. Except for the “working with the public” bit 🙂

  5. Lis K

    I’ve had two interesting but tough jobs: I was a caseworker for kids in foster care and years later, I was a NICU nurse. Now I’m a stay at home mom and something different happens every day! Oh, I’ve read all of your books so far and loved them! I’d love to read In Perfect Time! I’ve been waiting for their story…
    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

    • Sarah Sundin

      Those are certainly tough and (I imagine) draining jobs. Including the stay-at-home mom job! My kids are teens/college students now, but those early days were challenging – joyful, but challenging.

  6. Pamela Nastase

    Interesting job? Well, when I was in high school, I did filing for a local doctor and found it incredibly interesting to read about my fellow classmates. Oh, my, but I could have started a lot of gossip if I’d had less integrity!

  7. Jen L.

    I can’t believe I wasn’t a friend of yours on facebook! I love your books!!! I’m a nurse now, but I wrapped gifts in a department store to work my way through school. It was fun and I met many interesting people!

  8. Heidi

    I was a technician at a few photo labs and it was always interesting to see other people’s pictures!

  9. Anonymous

    The most unusual job that I’ve heard of is probably an Official Ice Cream Taster. It sounds fun, but I’d probably hate ice cream after a few months of it!


  10. A Cooking Bookworm

    The most interesting job I’ve ever had was working for a family business during high school. I mostly worked in their restaurant, but during slow times, the owner’s mother had me help her make chocolates for their candy store — dipping peanuts for chocolate covered peanut clusters and making chocolate lollipops! I LOVED it!!

    Loved reading about your WWII museum experience in Anzio! I love WWII fiction!

    Thanks for the extra giveaway and being part of this fun scavenger hunt!

    mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

    • Sarah Sundin

      Yummy job!!! And I’m glad you enjoyed my post – it’s always fun to meet others who enjoy WWII fiction!

  11. Amy C

    I’m not if I’ve had any interesting jobs really. But I always thought about being a archeologist.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  12. Britney Adams

    Hi, Sarah! As a stay-at-home mom with three children, I must say that my job is always interesting and never dull! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this scavenger hunt and the opportunity to be a winner!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

    • Sarah Sundin

      Never a dull moment, huh? My mother loves to throw back in my face a comment I made before my first baby was born – that I was afraid I’d be bored as a stay-at-home mom. Bored? If only I had the time to be bored!

  13. Sarah Linsley

    I’m a student who has never had a real paying job, but I volunteered as an usher for an orchestra for a few years! (As well as helping at vacation bible school for several years at various churches, and being a teachers aid at an elementary school)

    • Sarah Sundin

      What great experience you’re getting! And as a lifelong fan of VBS, both as a kids and as a teacher, I say thank you!!

  14. Sara Johns

    Hi Sarah! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books. I loved On Distant Shores and I have been eagerly awaiting In Perfect Time. I myself have not had a job yet. I’m fixing to start college and my parents have advised me to enjoy my summer before the real work begins. I have always wanted to be a Dolphin trainer, I think it would be very fun and rewarding.

  15. joye

    I have enjoyed reading your books.
    This is probably not the most interesting job but one iI would never ever do-raise earthworms. ugh

  16. Micaela Wood

    While in my Junior year of high school I worked at a local greenhouse planting plugs. Needless to say, I got good and dirty 😉


  17. Anonymous

    Like the scavenger hunt! Really interesting looking books! Hope to read soon!

  18. Sarah

    Mine was working night shifts at a women’s homeless shelter. You never knew what was going to happen!

  19. Pam K.

    The most interesting job I’ve had is the one I have now. I work as a special education para at an elementary school. Each year my schedule changes as I work with different children and teachers. I’m learning to view my work as a calling, not just a job, as I help these wonderful kids.
    I love your books, Sarah, so would be delighted if I won a copy of In Perfect Time! It would make the series complete for me. The others are already on my “keeper” shelf.

    • Sarah Sundin

      What great work, Pam! Especially since you see it as a calling. I’m sure the kids feel your enthusiasm.

  20. Angie Young

    I think my favorite job would be something like Anthony Bourdain does. I would love to be able to travel the world and enjoy all of the foods this world has to offer.

    My first job was at a grocery store. You would think nothing exciting could come from that. But it did. I met my husband there and we have now been together for 17 years. Oh the things you can bring home from the market. LOL!!!

  21. Barbara Thompson

    At one time I worked at a university in a department that helped people who wanted to start a small business. Also, my direct supervisor was a entrepreneurship professor and in the summers we had a entrepreneurship camp for young men and women that would be seniors in the fall at high school level. It was interesting and educational. Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt and for the opportunity of the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson

  22. sm

    The most interesting job is an army diver who goes deep and looks for stuff, like maybe this airline that is missing. sm, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  23. Marianne Barkman

    Would being being the one to wash funeral cars(both hearse and lead car) as well as helping with set up on the cemetery be called interesting? My Dad was a funeral director!

  24. daysease

    Wow!! What an enlightening and educational interview. I love that she has personally talked with people and seen things to be able to include them into her books!! and, Ms. Sundin, I have to tell you… I COMPLETELY understand misunderstandings in Italian. You made me laugh in your interview. I have not seen most of what you have, but perhaps someday I will. The history here is amazing. So much inspiration to be had, that is for sure. Thank you!! Blessings!

    Celita (in Italy)
    mrsdayseye at gmail dot com

    • Sarah Sundin

      Buongiorno, Celita!!! That’s about all that remains of my Italian 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed both interviews. I hope to return to your gorgeous and fascinating country some day! Everyone was so friendly and helpful.

  25. Hannah Petersen

    Hmmm… I’ve never had a job yet but i am a volunteer dog walker at my local humane society! 🙂 i’m hoping to get a job there after i graduate this spring 🙂


    (haha! as u can tell by my email too I really like dogs 🙂 )

    • Sarah Sundin

      Hmmm….I have a yellow lab who wants to go on walks 24/7…and if you like crazy dogs, Daisy’s right up your alley 🙂

  26. Emma

    most interesting job that I’ve heard of working in a candy company .Thanks for the extra giveaway.

  27. Ladette Kerr

    I think it would be really interesting to be a crime scene investigator or a forensics specialist. A little gruesome maybe, but interesting!

  28. Southern Gal

    I guess the most interesting job I’ve had is the one I’ve done for 32 years — public school teacher.

    pamburke74 gmail com

  29. ElfTree

    Similar to psycholinguists one of my friends mothers is a retired handwriting analyst. I think the job is fascinating. Not only can she tell you if writing is a forgery or if the writer was left or right handed but she can pull out pieces of your personality based on your handwriting.

  30. Marilyn Medley

    Before my girls were born I worked in a crime lab as a forensic chemist. It was a thrilling job. Linda’s books sound interesting, thank you for sharing about her! 🙂

    I have downloaded “A Distant Melody” and look forward to reading it. Thank you!
    Marilyn720 @ gmail

    • Sarah Sundin

      You’d love Linda’s books! Just the right mix of science and fiction. And I hope you enjoy A Distant Melody!

  31. Jennifer

    I’d think working for area 51 would be most intriguing because I myself do not do anything interesting or unique.
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

    • Sarah Sundin

      That would be intriguing, all right! If nothing else, just telling people about your job would spark plenty of conversation!

  32. Kayla

    The most interesting job I’ve had is a guard at an art museum and gallery.
    I downloaded A Distant Melody and can’t wait to read it!

  33. ☽ Maiden Star ☾

    Your books all sound fantastically interesting, since I love suspense stories, espeically in regards to the FBI. Keep up the good work! ^^

    i c a e s t h e r (at) g m a i l (dot) c o m

  34. Rosevine Cottege

    The most interesting job I have had was the opportunity to photograph my baby cousins birth and death. He was born with Trisomy 13.

  35. Litany

    an interesting job would be working for the government in there cyber security division.

  36. Anonymous

    I would say the most important job I have had was being a mother, gramma, and great-gramma(grammy). I have always loved it. Another job I find very interesting is those who work Cold Cases. I find it wonderful and interesting how they can go back after so many years and solve cases. And, if they are alive, to finally catch those who have been living their life free so long after taking the life of someone else. I admire these men and women. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

    • Sarah Sundin

      I’m glad for their work so justice can be done. And congratulations on the the mom/gramma/grammy work – the best in the world!

  37. Charity Lyman

    One of the most interesting I have heard of would probably be a profiler. Sounds very neat:) Thanks for the giveaway! I have all your books(except the upcoming one obviously) and LOVE them all!!


  38. Amy Putney

    I haven’t ever really had any strange jobs… In college, I worked in a donor services office and got to spend part of a summer going through all the strange things that were sent to us. We found some frankincense and myrrh lotions/oils. They weren’t pleasant and that discovery led to some gagging… Haha! 🙂

    Can’t wait for “In Perfect Time” to come out!!

    amyputney89 [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Sarah Sundin

      My mom did that for a few years – that was MY favorite job because my sister and I “had” to stay in the library for an hour after school each day. For two bookworms, that was close to heaven!

  39. Constance Hendryx

    I worked for the US Forest Service my whole life (35 years!) and did many strange things…driving a full-sized garbage truck around Lake Tahoe in the summer (I was raised in South Lake Tahoe); hiking into a remote work area on the Klamath National Forest (way northern California) and getting paid for it!; fighting fire; emptying and cleaning pit toilets….! I’ve done it all (and am enjoying retirement now!)l
    chendryx (at) nctv (dot) com

  40. Betti

    I have enjoyed reading all the interesting jobs people have done or would like to do! I think the job I would most like to have would somehow involve travel – a travel agent perhaps, or one who goes around and checks out resorts and such. I love to travel, but I certainly love to come home as well!

  41. Joy B.

    My current job is the most interesting one I’ve ever had. I work at one of the world’s largest libraries of carillon (a chromatically tuned instrument of at least 23 bells) related materials located at one of Florida’s oldest attractions. Everyday is an adventure 🙂

    • Sarah Sundin

      Really? If I were having a contest for most interesting job, you’d win! How delightful too! I love carillons!

  42. Jasmine A.

    I am a volunteer at my local Museum and to me working in the archives is one of the most interesting things,to do. Someday I hope to do something with my volunteer work and possibly even study to become an archivist or an assistant of some kind.

    Thank you for hosting this stop on the Scavenger Hunt and for the great giveaway!


  43. Lady DragonKeeper

    The most interesting job I had was a summer job where I helped put together coconut bras! An elderly gentleman made them by hand for Tahitian dance groups and needed assistance one summer for a large order (they were going to a tournament or dance competition).

  44. kam110476

    Hi Sarah & Linda!
    Oh my goodness! I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of Linda’s books until now, when they are the kind of books I just eat up! Of course, I love WW1 & WW2 fiction as well!
    The most interesting job I’ve ever had was when I worked at an 18 to enter dance club. About every 2-3 weeks we would host an out of town DJ, musical group, singer or band –most of them pretty well known in the electronic dance music genre–and I got to be their driver! (i.e. I picked them up and dropped off at the airport, took them to the music venue, out to eat, got them settle in their hotel, made sure they were happy and comfortable, etc) Gosh, I miss that job!!

  45. Lourdes

    I think the most interesting and the most fun was working for a Congressman in Manhattan, I was the case work Director. Some great perks, like I took my daughter to an Barbi and Ken event at FAO Schwartz!!

  46. Lane Hill House

    Rental car at international airport ~ doing four things at once ~ checking in a car, talking to person; responding on the teletype checking a reservation; and answering question on the phone. I was sure young then, ha ha. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  47. Darlene Pena

    The most interesting job I’ve had is homeschooling my 5 children. It offers a lot of learning for me, it’s amazing how much we have to teach, and how much you forget. I also like seeing the ah-ha moments in my children’s heads, when after teaching and teaching something, they realize, oh that’s what mom has been talking about! Seeing my children grow close to each other and depend on their family and God as there closest friends is such a sweet thing. I praise God daily for the blessing of being able to be with my children through their formative years.
    I would love to win one of your books, and thank you for the free download, this whole hunt has given me the chance to find a whole new set of novels to read!

  48. Tami

    As the office manager of 2 stores across the street from each other. Lol

  49. Renee Blare

    The most interesting job I’ve ever had is actually the one I have right now. I’m a pharmacist with the VA. I love talking to the veterans every day. 🙂

    • Sarah Sundin

      My all-time favorite pharmacy job was at the VA. I loved my veterans!! The most grateful, chivalrous, and humorous patients ever. I was honored to serve them.

  50. Anonymous

    I was the marketing and promotions director for a newspaper in the 1980s. I got to design billboards, produce radio commercials and even host tv specials. It was a creative dream come true!
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  51. Nancy M.

    The most interesting job I have had is a Mom! Never a dull moment, always changing! 🙂 Nancycooks4u(at)gmail(dot)com