Ten years ago this month my first novel released. It was a time of dreams come true in so many ways. But there was one dream I didn’t see realized in that moment—my true name on a book cover.
When I received that first publishing contract from Bethany House, they had one request of me: a pen name. Why? A couple of reasons. First, they had historical author Deeanne Gist under contract. For whatever reason, they determined they didn’t want to have two D’Ann’s (Deeanne) writing historical fiction for them. Also, my apostrophe was deemed problematic. And I understood that. I dealt with it every day. I agreed to tweak my name mostly because my introvert self was relieved to publish and promote under a different persona. With a bit of background in acting, I was able to to play the part of an author when I was Anne, whether in public or online, instead of just being forgettable me.
After a few years, my contracts ceased. By then I’d been Anne online for so long it felt odd to change. And I worried if I did get another publishing contract, they’d want me to stay Anne to capture those readers who still lingered with me. But few years ago, my feelings about a pen name started to change. Maybe it was turning 50 and realizing I was comfortable in my own skin. Maybe it was the Lord pushing me to take a risk and trust Him. Whatever the motivation, I woke up one morning and secured the web address dmateer.com in hopes that one day I would write under my given name.
I had no idea that a couple of years later it would happen!
All of a sudden I’m right back in the thick of things. I’m so excited about this new website—dmateer.com—as well as Wings of a Dream by D’Ann Mateer! It is now available for purchase again! Print is available as well. And isn’t the cover gorgeous?
Over the course of the next few months I will relaunch my three other novels, all with new covers and my real name. I also intend to do audiobooks of all four novels, which has never been done before. And my Guideposts mystery novel, which will be part contemporary, part historical, will release in November 2022 and will have my name on the cover as well.
And so after a decade as Anne, I return to my real self. And I’m not only happy to do so, I’m ecstatic! And I’m so very grateful to the Lord for continuing to do things I never imagined possible. I stand humbled and amazed.