Fiction Focus: Excerpt from M. Ann Rohrer’s ‘Mattie’

Mattie 2x3“Mattie,” first-time author M. Ann Rohrer’s debut novel, will be released on Mar. 12 and is available for pre-order right now on BooksAndThings.com, Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

“Mattie” is history made alive as we follow the young woman through a crisis of faith, life threatening adventures, and heartbreaking romance. Twice, she falls in love with the wrong men before returning to her roots in Mexico to marry the man she didn’t know she loved. Then suddenly, war descends on her happily ever after, and Mattie must bring to bear her budding faith and indomitable spirit to survive.

EXCERPT:

Mattie pounded her pillow then rolled over and stared at the ceiling. She hated the interfering throngs of people. She hated the mountains of food. She hated the stupid whispering downstairs.

She hated God.

Gentle rains made little difference in the suffocating heat this first day of summer, yet eleven-year-old Martha Ann Sevey shivered. The pungent smell of death, mixed with sweet carbolic acid and saltpeter, seeped through the high-ceiling parlor below. It wafted up through the wood floor right into Mattie’s bedroom invading her olfactory senses. Worse than the odiferous scent was the ghastly vision of her father (she refused to think of him as “the body”). Laid out on a board supported by two sawhorses, he was covered with rags drenched in the offensive mixture. To slow decay, her mother had explained, which conjured dreadful pictures in Mattie’s young, imaginative mind.