Anne has a long-held passion for history and historical fiction. Anne and her husband live near Dallas, TX and have three young adult children.
Anne is giving away a copy of her new release, At Every Turn. Answer the question, What activity/sport do you think you'd have surprised society by doing had you lived in the early 1900's or leave a comment to be entered.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I am in my office, a newly painted space that used to be the front bedroom. With 2 of our 3 at college more than home, I took over this room at the end of the summer. I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
When I was researching auto racing tracks, two facts stood out—one because the story was so touching, one because it was so stunning.
#1 The Chicago Motor Speedway, built in Maywood, IL, just outside the city, only operated for about 3 years. Then we joined the Great War in Europe. When the owner of the speedway’s son was killed in the war, he donated the land to become a veteran’s hospital, which it still is today.
#2 The Cincinnati Motor Speedway opened the autumn of 1916 and cost $1 million dollars to build! I thought that a staggering amount for such a thing in that time period!
If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?
One thing? Oh my! I love to read about times past, but I wouldn’t have wanted to live it! So many things now I simply can’t imagine having to live without, but being from Texas and living through our hot summers, I guess my one thing would be air-conditioning!
What is something that very few people know about you?
I’ve always wanted to be a true city-dweller—somewhere like New York or London or DC in a cool flat or a brownstone or something of that sort.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair?
Right now I’d probably say my car. We bought it used last spring. My first car—not Mom-mobile!—in twenty years! And it’s red! I love it!
If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
I’d definitely live somewhere in the British Isles. I’m a huge anglophile. I love all of British history. A time period is difficult to choose, but probably regency (early 1800s).
Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
Yes and no. I think my discipline and drive definitely come from being a first born. However, my guess is that more first borns are plotters, not pansters like I am!
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Where I Never Thought I’d Be. That title encompasses so many areas of my life story—personal, professional, spiritual, emotional.
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
I think Gone With the Wind has always been this book for me. Every time I read it, I want to be part of the story in some way, not just an observer. When I first read it as a teen, it sparked a huge infatuation with all things Civil War. I wanted to be Scarlet, the one who didn’t care what others thought and had men falling at her feet. When I read it in my older years, I wanted to be Melanie’s friend and learn from her the steel-spined grace that wasn’t apparent to me as a younger woman.
She's off to the races!
Caught up in a whirlwind of religious enthusiasm, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. Now she just has to find a way to get the money.
Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles, and she's spent many an afternoon driving around the rustic track in the field behind her home. When she discovers that 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 train and compete.
But when her friends cast aspersions on Webster's past, she realizes she may have trusted the wrong person with her secret. Will Alyce come up with the money in time, or will she have to choose between her hasty promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?
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