Friday, September 28, 2012

Please Welcome Christian Author Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer is a novelist with a passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults. 

Welcome to the Bookshelf, Anne. Is there a story behind your novel, At Every Turn?

While my first novel, Wings of a Dream, had ties to my family history, the story behind my current book, At Every Turn, is so random! I ran across an article about the Harvest Classic auto race, which took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in September of 1916 and it completely enthralled me! I wondered if I could craft a historical novel that incorporated the event. After putting my imagination to work, I did!

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

Reading! I’m a reader first, and while I love crafting my own stories, I can get caught up in other authors’ books (authors old and new) and get distracted from my own writing!

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I’m pretty eclectic. For instance, my husband and I always buy Alexander McCall Smith the week his books come out. In hardcover. One of my latest favorite reads was Lynn Austin’s Wonderland Creek. Other Christian fiction authors I love--Cathy Gohlke, Jody Hedlund, Laura Franz, Carla Stewart, Marybeth Whalen, Laurie Alice Eakes and so many more! But I love the classics, too. I can read and re-read Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, George Eliot and PG Wodehouse, the Bronte sisters, and more. My kids’ English teachers used to tell my kids when she assigned a piece of literature—”I’m sure your mom has this on her shelf.”

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and wh?

Definitely Renior. The subjects in his paintings seem to live and breathe, just like good characters in a book.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Dry humor/sarcasm/British humor.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

Most of my really good childhood memories involve reading! I love remembering summer trips to the library, bringing home stacks of new books. I also have fond memories of our family vacation stop at the Grand Canyon, where I only glanced at the big hole in the ground, completely unimpressed because I was in the middle of reading Wuthering Heights for the first time!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

Yes! Cooking and cleaning! I’ll find any way I can to get out of them altogether, but if not, I put them off as long as possible!

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

I like to explore themes about totally trusting God with how your plans and dreams intersect with circumstances and relationships. That is probably because it has been a central theme in my own life.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

For the past few years I’ve been camped on Proverbs 16:9--The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. I’m a planner, but the Lord has been teaching me that even when I plan, I need to recognize that whether my plans work or fall apart, it is the Lord who is directing my path.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book will release in the fall of 2013. (No official title yet.) It is about a young woman trying to save an orphan home from shutting its doors in 1910.

Thank you for letting us get to know you Anne. It's been a pleasure having you here at The Barn Door Book Loft.

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Anne is giving away a copy of At Every TurnThe giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.  


Teela said...

This looks like a good story. Thanks for the chance to win.

apple blossom said...

nice interview. love this book cover thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anne Mateer said...

Thanks, Teela!

Apple Blossom--one day your tenacity will pay off, right? :) Hope you get to read At Every Turn soon!

Dana Wilkerson Spille said...

Love to win looks like it would be a great read .Thanks for the contest .Blessings ,Dana Wilkerson Spille

Anonymous said...

I just know that Anne's book is going to be really good. Please enter me for the drawing. Thanks for this interview. Maxie ( )

pat cowans said...

would love to read sounds great.

Abbi Hart said...

This one sounds pretty good! Thanks for the chance to win!

Megan Parsons said...

This would be a great book to read!

Anne Mateer said...

Thanks, y'all! It's lovely to hear that a book sounds like a good read! :)

karenk said...

a wonderful interview...looking forward to reading alyce's story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Wendy Newcomb said...

I have this book on my wishlist, thank you for hosting this giveaway.


Kristy L. Cambron said...

Hi Anne ~ It was wonderful to meet you at the ACFW Conference this year. It's even more fun to stop by here and learn more about you and your writing. Thank you for writing such inspiring historical fiction! ; )

Pam K. said...

I can totally relate to wanting to put off cleaning! I'd love to win a copy of At Every Turn (I'd rather read than clean). Thanks for the chance to win a copy and to learn more about Anne.


Anne Mateer said...

Waving to karenk.

So fun to hear At Every Turn is on your wish list, Wendy!

Lovely to meet you too, Kristy. It goes by so quick. I always wish I had more time to spend with people while we are there!

You are my kind of girl, Pam! I'd rather read than any chore!

Joy Hannabass said...

This sounds like a wonderful book to read. Thanks for the interview!!!


PriviesAndPrims said...

Would love to win. The cover looks like a girl with an attitude! No one will stop her. :)

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Vera said...

I read and reviewed Winge os a Dream a year ago when I first started reviewing books on my blog. Oh my, such a small review for such a good author's book. Here is that link: I would love to win a copy of this book. Here is hoping. :)

Anonymous said...

why of course I would like to win this book! I never have enough books :) I love reading about these authors, too.

Jes said...

Nice interview :). Ditto on dry/British humor and cooking and cleaning! I laughed out loud at the description of the Grand Canyon being the big hole in the ground leaving Anne unimpressed because she was in the middle of reading Wuthering Heights for the first time!
Thanks for the giveaway!

jswaks at gmail dot com

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