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!
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.
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What was your first paying job?