Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Day 2 with Anne Mateer

This is our second day of visiting with Texas native Anne Mateer. Welcome back, Anne.

What does a typical day in the writing life of Anne Mateer look like?  
It looks very different this year than in the past! As a brand new empty nester, I suddenly have much more control over my days and nights. I get up at 6:30 and usually spend my morning reading blogs, working out, doing Bible study, housekeeping chores and errands. After lunch, I finally settle in to real writing (or researching). I work until hubby comes home and I make dinner, usually between 6 and 7pm. In the evenings, hubby and I often read. 
Give us a peek at your office or favorite work space.
I love my office! We made over one of the
bedrooms last year. It’s light and bright and roomy. When I have to sequester myself in there when we do have college kids home, I don’t feel hugely removed from the family, which is nice, too.

What is your favorite part of researching for a new project? What part of that process do you least enjoy?
My favorite part is the beginning, seeing the possibilities of a story. Dovetailing my imagination with historical fact. I especially love finding specific stories from the time period to work into the novel.
My least favorite part is toward the end where I need small details of life that are often impossible to find. Of course the consolation is that if I can’t find out for sure, then the reader can’t, either! But I do get frustrated searching for some elusive detail that I very much desire to get right. 
Beforeyou begin to write, do you have a firm grasp on your characters’ loves, hates, favorites, and quirks, or do you prefer to let them surprise you?
I prefer to let them surprise me. I’ve never been one that can fill out character sheets before I start. My characters have to tell me more about themselves in the pages of the book as I write. Of course after the first draft is finished, I go back and look at what I discovered about them and can then add or subtract to their loves, hates, favorites or quirks as needed.

What’s next? What can we look forward to reading from Anne Mateer in the future?
The fall of 2014 will bring the release of my fourth historical novel. It doesn’t have a definite name yet but it is about a reluctant high school girls basket ball coach in 1917 Oklahoma. (Yes, girls played basket ball then, and yes, it was often written as two words.) That coming book is more of a romance than any of my other novels. It is told in both the hero and heroine’s first person point of view.

Any final comments?
Thank you for the opportunity to share a bit more about myself and my work. I hope you will look for A Home for My Heart at your favorite bookstore or library and visit me at my blog: As a reader myself, my favorite way to connect with people is over books! 
Answer Anne‘s question below for a chance to win a copy of On Distant Shores. Include your email address in the form of name[at]domain[dot]com and respond before 8:30 a.m. EDT this Friday morning to qualify for the drawing. This week, U.S. and Canada readers may qualify. 

What was your first paying job?


Pat Jeanne Davis said...

A pleasure to meet you here, Anne. I love reading, researching and writing historical fiction. Your novels sound like those I enjoy reading. My first paying job between school semesters was general clerical duties that included switchboard. Please put me in for the drawing for On Distant Shores.

Susan P said...

Girls basket ball in 1917? Wow, that surprises me. :)
My first paying job was technically being a nanny when I turned 16. I got a car as part of the job - can't complain there!
lattebooks at hotmail dot com

Anne Mateer said...

Always a pleasure to meet fellow writers and lovers of history, Patty! Thanks for dropping by!

Anne Mateer said...

Glad I piqued your interest with that one, Susan! You must have been a very responsible 16 year old for them to trust you with kids AND a car! That's awesome!

Katrina E. said...

Anne, hello. Thank you for giving us some insight into your world of writing. My first job was working in s laundry mat. I would give change, clean the machines, and actually do laundry for people. I was 15 and would leave school early to get there. It was interesting and the tips were

Anne Mateer said...

Interesting job, Katrina! In all the years I did laundry at a laundry mat (college and first married), I never saw anyone that worked there. I had no idea! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

windycindy said...

My first job was working for my older brother, who was a Veterinarian!
Thanks, Cindi

Susan P said...

Anne, I never thought of that about it - "only" being 16 and taking care of 4 kids every day - what were they thinking?! I know times back then (20 years ago) were much different than now. That's not common today. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Anne. Glad to see you are a Texas girl. So am I. I live near Houston. My first job for money was cleaning house for my daddy's boss. . I was 14. She was a rich lady, but could never be pleased. Also only paid 50 cents per hour. My folks always told me to do a good job no matter what I was doing. And, I did. She would always find something to complain about no matter how careful I was, so told mother I was quitting. Would rather not have any money to spend than work for her. Later, I cleaned for a different lady who was very nice. She paid better and never complained, and even had me help her prepare for some kind of lady's meeting at her house. And, she was a well to do lady also. BIG difference. I enjoyed working for her. I would love to win this book, especially since I have the first book of this series. Please put my name in the drawing. Thanks! MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anne Mateer said...

That sounds like an interesting job, Cindi. And how fun that it was for your brother!

I agree, Susan! I still think of the days when I was 15 and had my drivers license and no cell phone (of course) and roamed all over the city! Times were different then.

Hey Maxie! If I ever get down to do an event in the Houston area, I hope you'll come! :)