By the time this posts, I'll be in Dallas for the big Christian book expo. I have heard so many positive things about this brand new get-together for readers to come and meet writers. It should prove to be a lot of fun, and I know many of my fellow writers have been looking foward to this event for some time. So if you're in the Dallas area, I encourage you to join us. I've included a link so you can check out the program if you haven't already looked into this.
The thing I like the most about gatherings like this is getting to meet my readers. People are always so wonderful and fascinating. I love hearing their stories and learning what blessed them about a particular book. One of my most amusing stories comes from a similar gathering where there were a dozen or so authors greeting and signing books. A woman came rushing up to me just gushing about how excited she was to meet me. She said, "I absolutely loved A Bride Most Begruding." I had to laugh and without missing a beat replied, "So did I. I think Dee Gist is a fantastic author."
Of course the woman was embarrassed by this, but I thought it endearing. It's one of the nicest things about being an author in the Christian publishing world - it's like being in one big loving family. Like my sisters here on the blog - we rejoice with each other and share the triumphs and sorrows.
Sometimes I'm asked, "But don't you find a lot of rivalry and jealousy among the authors?" My answer is simple. "No." Of course there are always those moments when an author wonders why his/her book didn't win an award or make the best seller list, but even at those times it seems more in keeping with a heart that desires to give their very best rather than anger at those who accomplished the feat.
So I'm happy to share this blog with such dear sisters, and excited to see my extended family in Dallas. I hope I'll see many of you there as well. Oh, and here's the link to all of my Dallas booksignings on March 20-22nd.