Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Meet Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer has had a lifelong passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband, who also enjoys touring historic sites and historic homes, are the proud parents of three young adults and live in Texas.

Tell us a little about your current release.
A Home for My Heart is a stand alone historical novel that centers around a home for orphan and friendless children in central Pennsylvania in 1910. Sadie, the main character who tells the story, grew up in the home and is now assistant to the matron. When she is suddenly given the opportunity to take over as matron, the position collides with a marriage proposal from her longtime beau, Blaine. But even if she chooses the children over Blaine, there is no guarantee she can keep the home from having to close its doors forever.

A Home for My Heart is the story of how God sometimes takes us on circuitous routes in life to accomplish things in and through us we never imagined possible.

What was your journey to your first sale like?
a.      Long and winding
b.      Like a roller-coaster ride
c.      Like a rocket...blast off!
d.      Other
Long and winding. I studied the craft and wrote for 10 long years before receiving my first book contract. During those years I completed 2 historical novels, 3 contemporary novels, a few short stories and several newspaper articles. I am so glad that when publication finally came, the Lord allowed it to be in the genre of my heart--historical fiction!

If you could be plopped down in any era and locale in history, when and where would you want to end up?
That is so hard! I was a history major in college and loved every single era and place I studied. The American War for Independence would be way up there, but I couldn’t say which colony I’d like to experience. They were all so different!  And then of course I’d love to be in Regency England, as long as I was aristocracy, of course! But seriously, I’d love to experience every time period in every place.

Tell us a little about what you’d be doing to occupy your time if you could revisite the era of the War for Independence.
Colonial America would feel very British still. I always imagined I’d be a woman like Abigail Adams, my husband off founding the country while I kept things running at home, including educating my children and making bullets for the fight! And letters, writing lots of letters. But the truth is, I’d probably be scratching out a living with my husband, grieving children who died too soon. I’d be wearing homespun instead of bought cloth. Of course either way, I’d be learning to drink coffee instead of tea!

How would your main character, Sadie, in A Home for My Heart finish these statements:
            In my free time, I love to play with children.
            One word my friends and family would use to describe me is  compassionate.
            The one quality that gets me in trouble is my determination to prove myself.
            If I suddenly inherited a lot of money I would give it to others in need, especially children.

Thank you, Anne. We look forward to learning more about you and your writing tomorrow. 

Answer Anne‘s question below for a chance to win a copy of A Home for My Heart. 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?


Linda Marie Finn said...

I would opt for being plopped down in the 1800s , pioneer days ! Always been a little house fan ..

My first paying job was housekeeper and child nanny to three little girls and their Mamma.
Made 3.75 he doing either and 7.50 he, if doing both at same time. That was at 16, now I'm 49.

Linda Finn

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Weeding flower beds for my one of my neighbors! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and God Bless!
Sarah Richmond

Anne Mateer said...

Wow, Linda! Wish I'd had a girl like you when my kids were small! Thanks for sharing!

Anne Mateer said...

That's hard work, Sarah! I still hate that job. :)

Merry said...

My first job was as a receptionist at the dance studio I had attended throughout my school years. Loved it! Anne's newest book sounds so engaging, thanks for a chance to win it.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I don't have any of Ann's books but would love to win this one. It sounds good. Please put me in. My first jobs was cleaning for 2 rich ladies. Pay not much tho. Was 14 back then. First was never satisfied, and mom had always taught me a good job if doing anything. I think I only got 50 cents an hr. so decided rather not have any spending money. The next lady was really sweet. I got to help her get ready for a party of the upper-crust of lades in our small town. Learned things I didn't know. One was lay a leaf of lettuce on a small dessert plate. Then lay a half canned pear on top, flat side down. Then a small amount of topping thin over top of pear, and then cover with grapes cut in halves. Made a really pretty dessert. Loved working for her. Please give me an entry. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anne Mateer said...

Sounds fun, Merry, especially since you had a longstanding relationship with the studio.

Anne Mateer said...

It's sometimes hard to please people, isn't it, Maxie? But then there are lessons learned even from that. I'm glad you had a better experience the second time around!

Patty said...

I guess my first paying job was babysitting during the summers of my high school years. Probably the first job I paid taxes on was cleaning in the college cafeteria while was in school.


Anne Mateer said...

Bless you, Patty! I know someone has to clean the college cafeterias, but I'm sure it wasn't always a pleasant job! Thanks for entering for the book drawing.

Britney Adams said...

My first paying job was babysitting during my junior high and high school years. Such great experiences! I am now a mother of three and adore the young lady who babysits for us! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy of A HOME FOR MY HEART!

texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne. Glad to hear you live in Texas. Hope sometime you will do a book signing in the area around Houston. I would love to be the lucky one to win this book of yours. I've always had a soft spot for orphans. There are so many who never get a home with a mom and dad. Makes me feel bad, for I had such wonderful parents and 7 siblings. Not much money but lots of love and laughter. And, was taught to love the LORD. My first paying job was to clean someone's house. I was 14. Please add my name to the drawing. Thanks Becky for the interview with Ann. Hoping to win.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com