WE ARE HONORED TO WELCOME…..
CHRISTIAN HISTORICAL FICTION AUTHOR…
~ A HOME FOR MY HEART~
MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?
AM: I am a wife of 26 years, a mother of 3 college kiddos, and a lifelong reader and writer–and Texan! I love classic literature and history. I love to travel with my husband. (Right now, that’s mostly on business trips, but that’s ok!) I wrote five novels in ten years before landing my first publishing contract. A Home for My Heart is my third published novel. But the thing I hope defines my life is a deep love for and abiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I am constantly humbled and amazed by all that He has done in my heart.
MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “A Home For My Heart”?
AM: I really wanted to tell a story set in my husband’s home state of Pennsylvania. As I started researching online, I came upon a small tidbit about a home for “orphan and friendless” children that was in his hometown! I dug a bit deeper and discovered the home was born out of a revival on the college campus in town. The whole history just captured my heart and I knew I could write it as a gift of love to the town where my husband was born and raised.
AM: So far, all of my published novels have been set in the pre-WWI years. A Home for My Heart, set in 1910, is the earliest of the time periods I’ve attempted. I ended up writing in this era because my first published book, Wings of a Dream, was based on my great-grandparents story, which happened during the influenza epidemic of 1918. I fell in love with the time period because of the mix of old and new. It was a time of change and yet a time where things were still the same.
MBA&M: Is “A Home For My Heart” a part of a series,if so,do you feel the readers should the previous titles first, or is this a stand alone title?
AM: All of my books are stand alone titles thus far. We’ll see if I ever get up the nerve to tackle a series!
MBA&M: What was the most challenging part of writing “A Home For My Heart”?
AM: All of it was challenging! Seriously, the research was elusive. God did a couple of amazing things to bring a few documents to light that hadn’t been seen in years, but for the most part, I had little to go on as far as the day-to-day operations of the home. And then the characters and plotting gave me fits! i did a couple of major rewrites at the request of my editor. Many days I wondered if it would ever come together. It finally did after many, many, many days of hard work. And the feedback so far has indicated the work was worth it!
MBA&M: What was your very favorite scene to write and your worst or most heartbreaking scene to write?
AM: One of the children in the home gets into some serious trouble. The most heartbreaking scene for me to write was when Sadie realizes she couldn’t do anything else to help him. It’s that moment you know as a parent when there are things in your child’s life you can’t fix, you can only relinquish them to the hands of God. But that is always a heart wrenching moment!
MBA&M: What made you want to write a story about a home for Orphans?
AM: After I’d made the decision to write about the home because I loved the history of it, I realized that my heart also gravitated in that direction due to all the wonderful families I know who have been touched in some way by adoption. And what better way to remind us that we are all adopted sons and daughters of God? That is such an amazing thing to think about!
MBA&M: What is your next project?
AM: My next project is a novel not yet titled (due out in fall of 2014) set in Oklahoma in 1917. It is about a woman pursuing her master’s degree who instead has to come home and care for her recently widowed sister and teach high school. She is also given charge of the girls basketball team. Reluctantly, she learns the game, with the help of the handsome boys basketball coach, of course! While A Home for My Heart is a love letter to my family in Pennsylvania, this next book is a love letter to the many, many teachers and coaches in my family. I have loved writing that story!
MBA&M: Who inspires you the most to write?
AM: That’s hard to say. There have been many that have inspired me along the way. The author that inspired me to want to be an author was Eugenia Price. I read her epic novels during middle school and fell in love with history and historical fiction. My sister inspires me to write because she never liked history or reading but has learned to like both through historical fiction. Now she reads as much or more than I do! And my family inspires me to write, for in my stories I find myself saying things I want to say to each of them but sometimes find it hard to articulate anywhere but on the page.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where they may connect with you and where to purchase “A Home for My Heart”?
AM: I blog regularly at www.annemateer.com. I also interact on twitter (www.twitter.com/annemateer) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/authorannemateer). I have several boards on pinterest as well (www.pinterest.com/annemateer). I’d love to see you around any of those places! My books can be purchased in physical form or ebook at all the major book retailers, both physical and internet. (You might have to request it at a smaller brick-and-mortar store, but they should be able to get it without a problem.)
Anne, do you have anything you would like to add?
AM: I’d just like to say how much I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to tell you a little about me and my book. I’d love to hear from y’all, too. Being a reader myself, my favorite way to connect with new friends is over books!
Thank you, Anne, for taking a few moments of your time to visit with us today. What a fascinating story!
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764210645
- ISBN-13: 978-0764210648