Interview with Anne Mateer & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Anne Mateer  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word


Anne Mateer has a passion for history and historical fiction, and her vacations often revolve around research trips in different parts of the country. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults.

For more information about Anne and her books, please visit her website and blog at


Savanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Anne! Congratulations on your recent release, Playing by Heart. Which character in this story do you most relate to and why?

Interview with Anne Mateer  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordAnne:  That is always a tough question! I think in Playing by Heart I most relate to Lula’s sister, Jewel. I’m a big sister, too, and I know that feeling of wanting good things for your younger siblings and for your own children. I also identify with her in that she is a woman trying desperately to love and care for her children and others in spite of the her own heartbreaks and disappointments.

Savanna:  Many readers enjoy picking their favorite quotes from novels. Do YOU have a particular favorite quote from your latest novel that you can share with us?

Anne:  On my last read-through before publication, this quote jumped off the page at me:

“Prove you have it in you to live your convictions without resentment towards those who don’t understand or agree.” —Chet Vaughn

I don’t necessarily do that well!

Savanna:  That’s a great quote!

Out of all the places you’ve traveled to for researching your books, what’s been one of your favorite places to visit?

Interview with Anne Mateer  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordAnne:  When I think of research trips, my favorite has to be Indianapolis, IN for At Every Turn. First, I had a dear friend who went with me, so that made it fun. But the best part was that it was truly a weekend of “stumbling” over several key pieces of research. I love how God does that! We truly felt Him “at every turn” and it was a fascinating and lovely city to visit, too.

Savanna:  It’s clear to see that history is very important to you. If you had to pick just one historical figure from the past, who would you enjoy meeting in person and why?

Anne:  Abigail Adams. I did a huge paper on her in college and admire her very much, not only for her strength of character and her amazing mind but for the evidence of her faith that shows so clearly through her extensive correspondence with her husband, son and others.

Savanna:  What was your favorite book as a child?

Interview with Anne Mateer  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordAnne:  That’s tough. I’ve been a voracious reader since I could decipher letters into words. I read all of the Little House books numerous times, but I think it was reading The Secret Garden in 6th grade that took my book-loving to a whole new level.

Savanna:  What will you do to celebrate your new release?

Anne:  I usually have a big book launch book signing at a bookstore near my home, but that is looking difficult to fit around other things this year, so I guess my celebrations will be my online Book Banter that Bethany House hosts on Facebook and there will also be a big online giveaway, but I don’t have those details yet! Personally, I’ll just smile and sigh in wonder, once more, at what God has done!

Savanna:  That sounds wonderful, Anne. I’m so happy for you and I’m so glad we got to chat today. Thanks for sharing with us!

Anne:  Thank you! I love to connect with readers, so don’t hesitate to find me on Facebook, Twitter or even just email me!

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Anne has graciously offered one copy of PLAYING BY HEART to one lucky winner!

Interview with Anne Mateer  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordHOW TO ENTER:

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends October 7, 2014.
Winner will be notified by email.



32 comments on “Interview with Anne Mateer & GIVEAWAY
  1. Caryl Kane says:

    Wonderful interview! I’m looking forward to reading “Playing by Heart”! I follow EG via email and on fb. Also, shared giveaway on my fb page


    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks, Caryl! You’ll love this book. I’m in the middle of reading it right now and I’m enjoying it! 🙂 You’ll receive 4 entries in the drawing.

  2. It was so great to meet you at the ACFW Conference Savanna! Love your website! Cynthia

  3. Olivia Overpeck says:

    I took a character test the other day, turned out I was Lula!!

  4. Aerykah says:

    Ooh! I’ve really been wanting to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

  6. Anne Mateer says:

    Hey y’all! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! And thanks so Savanna for having me on her blog! I love doing interviews because everyone’s questions have a little different slant. 🙂

  7. Connie Saunders says:

    Thank you for hosting Anne and for giving a copy of her book to a lucky entrant.
    1.I am a subscriber
    2. I Like Engrafted Word on FB.
    3. I pinned to Contests & Giveaways
    4.I shared on Twitter

    Connie Saunders
    cps1950 at gmail dot com

  8. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the chance to win. griperang at embarqmail dot com

  9. anne says:

    A wonderful giveaway, fascinating feature and great interview. Thanks for this chance. Best wishes. I am an e-mail subscriber.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the interview, Anne. I always have a lot of fun welcoming authors here and chatting with you all. Good luck in the giveaway. You’ll receive an extra entry. 😉

  10. Trixi Oberembt says:

    Sounds like a terrific book! I would love to add this to my extensive collection, thanks for the opportunity to win! I am subscribed, like & shared on Facebook.

    Trixi teamob4(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. I shared on facebook , I shared on twitter.
    Im subscribed, I liked you on FB and I love Anne’s books so much.
    Linda Finn
    Women Professing Godliness

  12. Daphne Kemmann says:

    Playing By Heart sounds like a wonderful story! I always love discovering new Christian authors and I look forward to reading Anne Mateer’s books!

    (I have subscribed to The Engrafted Word, I have liked The Engrafted Word on Facebook, and I have shared the interview and giveaway on Twitter. My tweet: )

  13. Heather S says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read this book. I subscribed to The Engrafted Word, liked it on FB, and shared this giveaway on Pinterest (

    professionalbookworm418 (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Rita Navarre says:

    Sounds like a good book..thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Sierra Faith says:

    This book looks so good! ALl her covers are so pretty!! I am a subscriber and I liked on FaceBook 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!


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