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 While those unpublished manuscripts rested on the shelf, she founded a publishing corporation for the purpose of developing, producing and marketing products that would reinforce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: West Houston RWA LOCATION: Houston, TX DATE: Saturday, January 12, 2013 TIME: 9:00 am - Noon
SPELUNKING FOR HIDDEN JEWELS: A Guided Tour of Research with Deeanne Gist
Join Dee as she reveals ways to transport your readers to the very pages of your books. Find out what types of research is the most productive for Contemporary and Historical novelists, along with how to slip it smoothly into your work.
WHRWA meets at Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024.
EVENT: Montgomery County Book Festival LOCATION: Lone Star College - Montgomery DATE: Saturday, February 2, 2013 TIME: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Keynote Presentation by Deeanne Gist
Dee will be the lunchtime keynote speaker and will be doing her now-famous presentation on Victorian underwear. She starts out in her chemise and bloomers and dresses in complete Victorian regalia on-stage. If you haven't seen it, this is a great chance to see it for free and to attend a great book festival to boot!
Advanced Writing Workshop by Deeanne Gist
The festival is packed with author panels, keynote presentations, exhibitors and writing workshops. Dee will be doing an advanced writing workshop in the afternoon. And you can't beat the price -- it's free!
The Book Festival is being held at the Lone Star College - Montgomery at 3200 College Park Drive, Conroe, TX 77384. Click here for more info on the festival.
EVENT: RT Booklovers Convention LOCATION: Kansas City, MO DATE: Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 5, 2013 TIME: All day and all night
Special Presentation by Deeanne Gist
BOTTOMS UP: VICTORIAN WOMEN’S CLOTHING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Ever wonder what Victorian women wore under all those gowns? Historical author Gist will strip down to her chemise and bloomers, then have her lady's maid dress her layer-by-layer. This entertaining presentation has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and in the Denver Post. Their accompanying video (FrontPageWSJ.com) was the most watched video on the Wall Street Journal's site for three days!
This is a no-hold-barred convention and it looks like Dee will fit right in. Click here for more info.
EVENT: Book Talk Nation Video Booktalk LOCATION: Online and via phone DATE: Thursday, May 9, 2013 TIME: 6:00 pm Central Time/7:00 pm Eastern Time
Deeanne Gist talks about "It Happened at the Fair"
Join Dee for as she shares behind-the-scenes inspiration and fascinating tidbits about her brand new release, It Happened at the Fair. Dee will be interviewed by Karen Holt, a freelance writer and editor who reviews books for O, The Oprah Magazine, Parade and other publications. It should be an interesting discussion!
Reserve your spot at BookTalkNation.com/author/gist. There's no charge to participate, but you do need to reserve a spot. Books purchased during the talk will be autographed by Dee.
EVENT: Facebook Party and iPad Mini Giveaway LOCATION: Dee's Facebook Page DATE: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 TIME: 7:00 pm Central Time/8:00 pm Eastern Time
It's a party - and you're invited
This is a live webcast event streamed directly from Dee's Facebook page. Dee will discuss more of the story behind It Happened at the Fair and she'll answer your questions. There will be prizes throughout the evening, so join in the discussion for a chance to win.