I love Authors Interview 10
This is Anne Mateer
Welcome to “I love Authors Interview 10 ” on the couch today we have Anne Mateer, author of No Small Storm – Let’s all give Anne a warm greeting.
I’m so glad Anne you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit from 6th-19th February as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.
Have a seat Anne and make yourself comfortable.
Thank you, Margaret, I am happy to be here with you and your readers.
Anne, as you can see we have a lovely picture of a Desert Island in front of us. Now I want you to imagine that you are on this island and I will ask you five questions. Ready for the fun?
Anne – Yes I am.
Great. My first question is..
Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?
Anne – I would definitely pick my husband! After 30 years of marriage, we know when to talk and when to be silent and give each other space. And because his job is very demanding in time and attention, I would enjoy being with him without his phone taking over. 🙂
I expect he will enjoy being with you without interruption too! Oops, that came out the wrong way lol.
Let talk about books
What book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?
Anne – I think I would crave Bleak House by Charles Dickens. (It was a hard choice, believe me!) That book would satisfy my need for beautiful usage of language, great character development and story telling, humor, drama, romance, and a very, very long read.
That’s a great choice Anne, and I’m sure Charles Dickens would be impressed with it! I see what you have done there, choosing a long book to read while your husband gets on with building a shelter and making the dinner! Only joking.
And now food..
What food would you miss the most being on a desert island?
Anne – Coffee. Is that a food? It is certainly a necessity of life for me! Could I even survive without it? I’m not sure. My brain simply doesn’t function until I have at least one cup. Some mornings require two. I would miss it in every form, too: black, with cream, latte, flat white or iced!
I think we can allow that Anne as it is what you would miss the most!
Ok onto my next question..
You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?
Anne – I would write “You can view this solitude as a curse or a blessing. Embrace it. Use it. Let it open your eyes to who you are, to what you value most. Humble yourself to face who you truly are and find the courage to become who you want to be when you leave this place. This time alone will either be wasted or it will become the foundation for everything you accomplish as you go from here.” Even as I write these words I know I write them for myself, for I am currently living in a pretty isolated season of life. So far it feels like time wasted, but I don’t want it to end like that. I want this time to be a foundation for something greater in whatever season comes next.
That is really heartfelt Anne. I love these words and pray that you will emerge from your isolated season knowing what God has in store for your future. He has the victory in this season.
Sadly this is my last question..
If you could be one of your characters which would it be and why?
Anne – I would be Alyce from my novel At Every Turn because she is everything I am not: outgoing, adventuresome, confident, impulsive. She decides a course of action and does it without fighting the fear and anxiety that often paralyses me. And yet she lives and acts in such a winsome manner that people like her in spite of her sometimes reckless behavior because they see the compassionate heart that often drives her actions.
What a wonderful character Anne. Perhaps you could step into Alyce’s shoes and practice on the island impersonating her behaviour. You wouldn’t have an audience so you could pretend to be an actor embracing your character’s role. Just a thought.
Time to wrap it up
Well, Anne, I have enjoyed your company very much and it’s been a pleasure to meet you. I hope you have a successful tour and readers will buy your book.
Thank you, Anne, for joining me on my couch. Let’s stand up and give Anne a huge hand (not literally) in appreciation. Yes, you can clap now everyone, the interview is over!
What a lovely lady.
Anne has a GIVEAWAY for you so don’t forget to enter by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post. You might need to do this asap as the tour finishes on the 19th. Hoping you are successful 🙂
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About the Book
Title: No Small Storm
Author: Anne Matteer
Genre: Historical/Historical Romance
Release Date: August, 2017
September 1815, Providence, Rhode Island
Thirty-year-old Remembrance “Mem” Wilkins loves her solitary life running the farm and orchard she inherited from her father and has no plans to give up her independence. Especially not for the likes of Mr. Graham Lott. But when Mem is unable to harvest the apples on her own, she accepts the help of the man she despises.
Fresh off a boat from Ireland with his four-year-old son in tow, Simon Brennan secures a building in which to ply his trade as a cobbler. Still healing from the grief of his wife’s death a year earlier, he determines to focus only on providing a good life for his son. But when he intervenes in an argument on behalf of the intriguing Miss Wilkins, sister-in-law of the tavern owner who befriends him, he suddenly finds himself crossways with his landlord, Mr. Lott, and relieved of his lease and most of his money.
With no means of support, Simon takes a job helping Mem with her harvest, relieving her of the need of Lott’s help. But their growing attraction to each other makes them both uneasy. Mem gladly escapes to town when her sister begins labor, and Simon, believing it best to distance himself from Mem, takes his son and leaves.
But neither anticipates the worst gale New England has ever seen—or that the storm will threaten all they hold dear.
About the Author
Guest Post from Anne Mateer
A historical story needs to be based on a kernel of fact
I’m always up for a good historical story. It’s what I enjoy reading. It’s what I enjoy writing. But I find that my pleasure in any historical fiction increases exponentially when the story at hand is based on at least a kernel of historical fact. All four of my full-length novels share this trait. So it stood to reason that when turning my mind to a historical novella I would seek the same grounding in truth I’ve sought before.
So what historical fact inspired No Small Storm? It was a combination of them, actually. Which I think always makes for the best tales!
Choosing a historical event
I like an overarching historical event to help frame a story. Things like war or economic crisis or natural disaster. Situations in the historical record which required courage or resilience or sacrifice from the people who lived through them. When I stumbled upon the Great Gale of 1815, which hit Providence, Rhode Island particularly hard, I knew it could provide obstacles for my characters to overcome.
As I began to read about this event—a hurricane before such storms was commonly called hurricanes—I happened upon some first-hand accounts of that day. Fascinating remembrances about a storm arriving without much preamble, then departing and leaving bright sunny skies with which to view the destruction.
And destruction there was! Not only from wind and water but also the fact that both of those things unleashed the ships moored in the harbor and sent them sailing down the main street of town! Can you imagine looking out of the second or third story window of a building which was likely flooded on the ground floor and seeing a ship coming at you?
A glut of questions
That, in itself, was dramatic enough. Especially when coupled with the fact that those ships often broke apart, whether from wind and waves or from contact with the buildings and bridges they encountered on land. Then I considered the people on those ships? What happened to them? Many were flung into the water, searching for purchase.
The piece de resistance
It was just such a circumstance that brought one man to the window of a young woman. She helped him inside. They were later married. And if finding such a story that isn’t a romance writer’s delight, I don’t know what is!
Finally, as I continued to read about the destruction in the area, I discovered a few lines about area orchards. The hanging fruit was found covered with a dusting of white. When tasted, it was discovered to be salt. Salt from storm surge and sea spray. Salt that saturated, even miles inland. Water and wind—and the salt they carried—ruining fruit crops ready for harvest. What could be more devastating to a farmer than that?
The birth of the book
And so No Small Storm was born, with Remembrance and Simon each trying to make a good life for themselves, each trying to trust God as they work hard. Each keeping careful watch over their heart. But sometimes circumstances take things we don’t want to give. And give things we never imagined possible.
Historical fact and spiritual truth. Characters who are a product of their times as well as universal in their struggles and desires. It’s the kind of story I love to read. And the kind of story I’m proud to write.
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To celebrate her tour, Anne is giving away a grand prize of a reader bag of goodies—including a Pride and Prejudice fleece throw, a “reading” charm necklace from Storied Jewelry, a Secret Garden lithograph tote bag, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!