Monday, September 19, 2011

Anne Mateer's "Wings of a Dream"

Title: Wings of a Dream
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Cover blurb: Rebekah Hendricks dreams of a life far beyond her family's farm in Oklahoma, and when dashing aviator Arthur Samson promised adventure in the big city, she is quick to believe he's the man she's meant to marry. While she waits for the Great War to end and Arthur to return to her so they can pursue all their plans, her mother's sister falls ill. Rebekah seizes the opportunity to travel to Texas to care for Aunt Adabelle, seeing this chance to be closer to Arthur's training camp as God's approval of her plans.

But the Spanish flu epidemic changes everything. Faced with her aunt's death, Arthur's indecisiveness, and four children who have no one else to care for them, Rebekah is torn between the desire to escape the type of life she's always led and the unexpected love that just might change the dream of her heart.

1) How did this story come to you?
The first kernel of this story came in the form of family history--my great-grandparents’ history to be exact. But I couldn’t just tell their story. Several years after the initial idea, I learned some local historical facts that gave the story a more sturdy framework.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I’d been writing seriously for 9 years and completed 4 novels, 3 of which were contemporary, before the Lord made it very clear that it was time to again tackle my true love--historical fiction. I began the book in January of 2009 and entered it in ACFW’s Genesis contest. It finaled and I received a request for my full manuscript. Eleven months and two revisions later, I received a two book contract.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) I am fiercely competitive in our family’s fantasy football league.
2) I hate mornings.
3) I absolutely despise cooking.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I have another book (as yet untitled) releasing in September of 2012 that involves missionaries and auto racing in 1916. How’s that for a hook? That book is completely done, so now I’m fleshing out new story ideas. We’ll see what God has in store!

5) Parting comments?
I am honored that you took the time to read a little more about my book and about me. I very much enjoy connecting with people who read.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I can be found at, and


  1. This story sounds very good, both interesting and moving.

  2. Sounds intriguingly different. I love reading how these books came to be written and published. And I like the idea of "not" telling a real story, but telling the real "story" that comes to you.

  3. I love the fact that the story grew from your family history.


  4. This book sounds amazing. Thanks for the chance to win this. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


  5. Oh my goodness! A book about Oklahoma and that is where I live! OH would I ever LOVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK! It sound like such a really fun and "soft" book!
    Thanks for letting me be in this drawing and I sure hope I win!!
    Blessings, Judi

  6. This sounds like a wonderful story with alot of history behind it. Would love the chance to win it. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

    countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

  7. Y'all made my morning to read such enthusiastic comments about wanting to read Wings of a Dream! So glad you stopped by!

  8. this is a great story!

  9. Please enter me. This sounds like a great story.


  10. Love to read about history and this sounds liek a good read !!

  11. This sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  12. Anne, this story sounds fabulous, and I'm tickled pink that I found a "hates to cook" sister. ;) I think all my creativity goes into teaching and writing; I have none left for the kitchen.

    Best wishes on your novels!

    gwenstew AT flash DOT net

  13. Sounds like an amazing book. Look forward to reading it.


  14. Sounds like my kind of heroine in this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  15. Thanks for stopping by to find out a little about me and my book! Love seeing so many who love history to infuse their novels!

    Oh--and Gwen, the irony of the I hate to cook thing? My daughter is in school learning to be a chef! Who would have thought?

  16. "Wings of a Dream" sounds incredible, as does your untitled book releasing next year. I love racing! Mornings are not my favorite, either, though I'm getting better about them. ;-) Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win!
    Kelly Y