At Every Turn by Anne Mateer

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I love about historical fiction is learning things I didn’t know before—things I didn’t learn in history books. It was just that kind of curiosity that led me to write my newest book, At Every Turn.

Did you know that auto racing has been a popular sport since before the first World War? Did you know that they won big money in front of big crowds? That even in what we would consider “old-fashioned” cars, they raced at speeds close to 100 mph? And the courage! Their cars had no doors or windshields or seat belts. In fact, the most famous of all race tracks—the Indianapolis Motor Speedway—has been around since 1911.

But how to take those historical facts and create a compelling story? That’s where imagination meets history. For me, the bravery of those drivers melded with some fearless women in my life. My sister and my daughter both have a passion for missions. Both jump headfirst into new experiences, unfamiliar cultures, and dangerous situations.   The wheels starting turning (pun intended!). Suddenly I knew what kind of woman would have the courage to sit behind the wheel of a race car in 1916 and what kind of situation would place her there!

Want to know a little more about the story?

At Every Turn
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?

What about you? Do you have an adventurous side? Are you passionate enough about a certain cause or situation that you could be driven into a more adventurous act than normal on its behalf? I’d love to hear!

One lucky reader who comments on my blog will be randomly selected to win a copy of At Every Turn. Good luck!

Anne Mateer has a long-held passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Dallas and are the parents of three young adults. Find out more about Anne on her website: www.annemateer.com or connect with her on social media: www.facebook.com/AuthorAnneMateer, www.twitter.com/AnneMateer, www.pinterest.com/AnneMateer