Friday, September 2, 2011

with Anne Mateer

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Anne!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

LOL! My life before writing was children! I had three children in a span of three and a half years, so my life was pretty much a whirl of babies, toddlers and preschoolers for several years. Actually, I wanted to write all my life, but I didn’t begin working at it until my youngest child began Kindergarten and I had a few hours a day to myself.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Definitely TIME. My children attend a small Christian school and are very active, so I’ve spent hours driving kids to field trips and sporting events and volunteering in various aspects around school. Now that my two oldest have gone to college and my baby drives himself everywhere, I have a little more time, but it is amazing how your kids can encroach on that time no matter their ages!

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
Just one? In the past few months I’ve read everything by Karen Witemeyer and Julie Klassen, both historical authors for Bethany House. I also enjoy Susan Meissner’s novels that are half contemporary, half historical and The Muir House by Mary DeMuth, which is contemporary. I’m pretty eclectic in my reading. :)

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I think Frank was the character that intrigued me the most because, like Rebekah, I knew of him but didn’t actually know him until later in the book!

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Something chocolate, for sure! My daughter is studying to be a chef, but my recipes mostly involve adding oil and eggs and water—like the Ghirardelli Brownie mix.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I probably would shuffle past to the coffee maker and not even notice! Honestly, my brain doesn’t function until I’ve finished at least one cup! After that, I might ask him to fix me breakfast. :)

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
I think one of those memories would be my 40th birthday. My husband and kids threw me a surprise party and I was truly surprised! Then at the party, my husband gave me a notebook with an itinerary for a flight to NYC, a reservation at a hotel we’d always wanted to stay at (the Algonquin—with quite a literary history!), and tickets to two plays. (It was also the year of our 20th wedding anniversary, so we celebrated for both!) We left three days later. Both the surprise and the trip were awesome!

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Cook dinner. It stresses me out.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I’m finding I write a lot about trusting God—or rather the ways in which we often choose not to trust God. It’s been a big theme in my own life.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
To trust Him more—with deeper things, different things. Like trusting Him to provide my sacrifice of worship. My worship to Him is my writing, but even then He must provide me time and creativity that I then offer back to Him. He’s also continuing to teach me to prioritize people in my life—not easy when you love your work!

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book releases in Sept. 2012. It is, as yet, untitled, but involves a young woman passionate about both missions and auto racing—in 1916! It’s been very fun to research and write!

You can purchase Wings of a Dream from Amazon.

Anne is giving away a copy of Wings of a Dream. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Lady DragonKeeper said...

I also love Karen Witemeyer and Julie Klassen's books.

I enjoyed reading about "Wings of a Dream" but I have to say, you've got my interest peaked for your release next year --auto racing in the early 1900s? =D


Judy said...

I really enjoyed this interview with Anne. She's a chocolate lover just like me! Please keep writing books about trusting God more. I do believe we all need to do so. It's not that we don't, but sometimes we try to do things ourselves instead of letting go and letting God.

I would love to win a copy of Wings of a Dream. The cover is absolutely beautiful.

Anne, keep writing for the Lord!


Jo said...

Loved your interview. Had to laugh at you shuffling pass the purple polka dotted monster until after you had your coffee. I would probably do the same thing.

Please enter me in the giveaway. Sounds great.


Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


Marianne said...

Glad you are another coffee lover, Anne. i really don't usually drink coffee after lunch, unless we're out (restaurant, friends, etc.) but want it in the morning! Also love my chocolate, but who doesn't? No other candy, really, tho. Thanks for the interview, i enjoyed learning more about you. Also thanks for the giveaway. i'd love to win (again, who doesn't?) mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anne Mateer said...

Y'all have made me feel so welcome here today! Patty asked some very fun questions and I'm glad y'all could relate to some of my answers. In fact, I'm off to the kitchen for my second cup of coffee now. It's just one of those kinds of days. :)

Thanks for popping in to comment!

Amy said...

So true about those kids no matter what their ages. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Charity U said...

I would so love to read this! Please enter me!

ann said...

great interview - chocolate lover and I love the cover of the book to. Sounds like my kind of book. enter me please

amhengst at verizon dot net

Carol N Wong said...

I am a big Karen Witemeyer fan, I haven't had the chance to read books by the others but would love to. I love that your book is about a woman waiting for WWI to end. Also saw that you have 5 star rating for this book of
Congratulations!!! Hope to win your book. Please enter me!


Anne Mateer said...

Amy, Charity, Ann, Carol--

Thanks for all your kind words and for throwing your name in the hat! I hope others will love this story as much as I do!

karenk said...

a great interview/posting...thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

PriviesAndPrims said...

Hoping I win!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

lgm52 said...

Interesting interview..please enter me for this great-sounding book!

Pam K. said...

I've enjoyed learning more about Anne and her new book. I think her next book sounds very different as well. I appreciate different aspects to books rather than the same old thing.
Please enter me in the giveaway for Wings of a Dream.

Anonymous said...

Good interview!
I'd like to win this book.


Anne Mateer said...

So glad y'all enjoyed the interview. I did, too! Thanks for popping in. I hope you'll get a chance to read the book even if you don't win it.

Tracy Smith said...

Great interview, especially liked the shuffling past for that coffee in the morning, that is so me. lol Gotta have it!

Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Lois Hudson said...

Don't know if there's a deadline - I missed this yesterday, but would like to be entered to win your book. I'm wondering if you (or your husband) are related to a dear journalist of another era who wrote for a southern California weekly newspaper.

Sylvia said...

If you have sons I'm sure their wives will breathe easier if their mother-in-law doesn't cook alot. They won't feel like they have something to live up to. There's certainly nothing wrong with boxed brownies either. Some of those boxed foods are better than some home cooking I've tasted!


Niki Turner said...

Anne, even as a fellow Inky, I didn't realize how much we have in common! An entire book needs to be written about having multiple infant/toddlers in the home at the same time! SO looking forward to reading your first release!

wfnren said...

Thank you for the giveaway.


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