After a short career in elementary education, Deeanne Gist retired to raise her four children. Over the course of the next fifteen years, she ran a home accessory and antique business, became a member of the press, wrote freelance journalism for national publications such as People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, Houston Chronicle and Orlando Sentinel, and acted as CFO for her husband’s small engineering firm--all from the comforts of home.
Squeezed betwixt-and-between all this, she read romance novels by the truckload and even wrote a couple of her own. While those unpublished manuscripts rested on the shelf, she founded a publishing corporation for the purpose of developing, producing and marketing products that would reinforce family values, teach children responsibility and provide character building activities.
After a few short months of running her publishing company, Gist quickly discovered being a "corporate executive" was not where her gifts and talents lie. In answer to Gist’s fervent prayers, God sent a mainstream publisher to her door who licensed her parenting I Did It!® product line and committed to publish the next generation of her system, thus freeing Gist to return to her writing.
Eight months later, she sold A Bride Most Begrudging to Bethany House Publishers. Since that debut, her very original, very fun novels have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere. Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, four RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.
EVENT: Dinner with Dee LOCATION: Katy, TX DATE: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 TIME: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
FALL BACK IN TIME: A Q&A with Deeanne Gist and Four Other Historical Authors
Join Dee for some Tex Mex and a chance to chat. There will be time for mingling, book signings, and at one point she and four other authors--Shana Galen, Vicky Dreiling, Kim Lenox, and Lily Dalton--will be answering questions about EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR HISTORICALS.
EVENT: Author Networking Summit LOCATION: Houston, TX DATE: Saturday, October 5, 2013 TIME: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
SPELUNKING FOR HIDDEN JEWELS: A Guided Tour of Research with Deeanne Gist
Pursue your literary dream. Attend workshops. Meet authors, publishers, and agents. Dee will attending, but not speaking. If you see her, just grab her and say hi. She'd love to meet you and hang out with you!
EVENT: Wine Tasting with Dee LOCATION: Weimar, TX DATE: Thursday, December 5, 2013 TIME: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS: Wine Tasting in Historic Weimer, Texas
Join Dee for some wine and a chance to chat. Purchase a wine glass at the *new* Weimar Chamber of Commerce for $10, then walk through historic downtown shops and sample wine. Dee will be at the library with a collection of vintage jewelry, chatelaines, vintage stereocopic cards of a courting couple, vintage clothing and undergarments, books for signing, and, of course, some lovely wine.
EVENT: Bay Area RWA LOCATION: Houston, TX DATE: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 TIME: 7:15 pm - 9:00
BARE NAKED STORIES: Shedding Amateurish Storylines with Iron Man
Shed those amateurish storylines. Strip away wasted narrative. Drop the bad dialogue. Find out what really makes a story swing with Dee as she shows specific examples using clips form the blockbuster movieIron Man.
EVENT: Barbara Vey's Reader Appreiciation Luncheon LOCATION: Milwaukee, WI DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014 TIME: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Keynote - NY Times Bestselling Author: DEBBIE MACOMBER
Join Dee, Debbie Macomber, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Eloisa James, and 50 other authors for a delightful luncheon filled with fun, gift bags full of books and door prizes, raffles, gift cards, and book signings. There are only 6 spots left at Dee's table, so sign up right away! (You can also sign up for General Seating, but tickets are almost sold out!)