Meet and Greet is a regular feature on my blog. Be forewarned…Unlike the typical interview, these brief questions will get to the true heart of my guests…or at least the heart of what’s in their kitchen. Grab a latte (or other beverage of your choice), find a comfy chair, and prepare to make a new friend.
I’m thrilled to welcome Anne Mateer today! Her book, At Every Turn, recently released with Bethany House Publishers, and its premise grabbed me right away. I loved the concept of a girl in the early 1900s who has a need for speed and ends up in auto races, and the book didn’t disappoint. (Keep reading for how you can win yourself a copy!)
Anne Mateer has a long-held passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults. You can connect with her online at: www.annemateer.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Welcome, Anne! Let’s speed on to the interview. (Sorry for the cheesy joke…I couldn’t resist.)
Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
1) Maui or London? That took me a minute, because I loved Maui more than I imagined I would. It’s beautiful and relaxing. But London is where my city-dwelling, history-loving heart would pick. We went once and of course it wasn’t near long enough!
2) Trailblazer or Rule follower? Definitely a rule follower. Trailblazers have to be fearless, which I am not!
3) Herbivore or Carnivore? Carnivore. It’s only been the last six years or so that I’ve been eating more than a select few fruits and veggies. While my palate has expanded, I’m still a carnivore, given the choice.
4) E-reader or Paperback? I guess I’d say e-reader, though it’s really both. I love books. I have them all over my house and I keep buying them. But I do love my kindle for two huge reasons. First, I love the convenience of my e-reader, especially when traveling. Now I can take an entire library with me and know I won’t run out of something to read before the trip home! I also love my e-reader because it is easy on the eyes. When I go from contacts to glasses in the evening, I can see very little, especially in low light. My e-reader is consistently readable in a way print books are not. And I can make the font bigger if I need to.
5) Tomboy or Girly-girl? Tomboy who wants to be a girly-girl! I do tend toward girly-girl things, but I often chicken out and go back to my comfort zone, especially in clothing choices. In other things, I’m all girly-girl–like accessories!
6) Cheesecake or Creme brulee? I do love creme brulee, but I have to go with cheesecake, mostly because my daughter makes the best cheesecake in the whole world. Seriously. I’ve been to high dollar restaurants where I’ve pushed away the cheesecake because it didn’t measure up to hers! She helped finance three mission trips to Ghana during her high school years by making and selling cheesecakes. Her signature one has a brownie bottom and homemade hot fudge on top.
7) On the go or Take it slow? Take it slow! Since only 3 1/2 years separate our 3 kids, we’ve lived an “on the go” life for many years, usually going to multiple directions at once! Now that our youngest is in his senior year of high school, life is slowing–and we are enjoying it. My husband and I are looking forward to catching our breath before grandkids (there are no spouses on the horizon yet!) speed up life again.
Oh my, Anne, you and your husband have led a busy life! My two kids keep me on my toes…I can’t imagine 3 in 3-1/2 years. What a neat experience it must be to see your children grow into adults and discover their own interests and gifts. I must say your daughter’s cheesecake sounds amazing, and I love her ingenuity to use it as a fundraiser for mission trips. As someone who’s done my fair share of fundraisers, I wish I’d had something like cheesecake up my sleeve.
Thanks so much for being here today! I loved getting to know you better.
Caught up in a whirlwind of religious fervor when two missionaries speak at her church, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. She’s certain her wealthy father will simply hand her the money. But when he refuses, she must either stand up in front of the congregation and admit failure, or raise the money herself.
Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles. It’s 1916, and the latest advancements in car engines allow some to post speeds upwards of seventy miles per hour! When she discovers her father’s company has sponsored a racing car that will compete in several upcoming events–races in which the driver will be paid and could win as much as five thousand dollars in prize money–she conspires with her father’s mechanic, Webster, to secretly train and compete.
But as Alyce comes across needs in her own community, money slips through her fingers faster than she can earn it. And when her friends cast aspersions on Webster’s past, she believes she might have trusted the wrong man with her secret. Will Alyce come up with the money in time, or will she have to choose between her promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?
Blog Readers: Let’s talk…Have you ever had to raise money for a special cause? What’s the most unique (or yummy) fundraiser you’ve ever participated in, either on the giving or receiving end?
*Giveaway Details: Anne has offered to give away a copy of At Every Turn! All you have to do is leave a comment. (For extra entries, you can Tweet or share this post on Facebook…I’ll add an extra entry for each. Just make sure to mention it in your comment.) Winner will be announced in next Monday’s post. Good luck!
**I’m traveling this week to an agency retreat, so I may be quiet in the comments section. But have no fear…I still plan to read your comments and will include you in the giveaway drawing.
***The winner of last week’s Amazon giveaway is Susan Reinhardt! I’ll contact you this week with details.