Author Spotlight: Deeanne Gist

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with Catherine West is Robbie Pink! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week please welcome Deeanne Gist in the spotlight! To win a copy her book It Happened at the Fair (Howard Books, 2013) , leave a comment on this post.

Deeanne is giving away an iPad Mini! Click the banner below to see what others are saying about her new book, sign up to win, and RSVP for her Facebook party on 5/22!

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Finish the book.

What was your biggest break?

Discovering RWA (Romance Writers of America)

I’m inspired by… 

…a deadline that isn’t looming. I hate writing under pressure or when I’m behind. But I truly enjoy the process when I’m on schedule and not under the gun.

My great adventure has been…

…backpacking through Europe during college. My roommate and I had no idea where we were going to stay or what we were going to find. We simply boarded the train and off we went.

If I could go anywhere, it would be…

…Yosemite National Park. I caught one corner of it when I was researching The Measure of a Lady and have always wanted to go back and see it at my leisure.

If you have only…an hour…

…I pray really hard for God to increase my time and then I become very focused.

Describe yourself in one word


If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?

My dog.

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?

Going to my publishers for the first time in 2004 and sitting at a long conference table with all the players. Carol Johnson, the VP of Editorial, turned to me and said, “Dee, You’re not just an author to us. You’re a member of our family. We’re going to pray for you and you’re going to pray for us.” I was floored. Never in a million years did I expect to hear my publisher say something like that to me. All my anxiety immediately fell from my shoulders. I’ll never forget that moment as long as I live.

What drives you to succeed?

Deadlines. Not wanting to disappoint. Wanting to use my gifts and talents to make the world a better place.

Best Surprise

My husband read—and liked—my books.

Best Saturday Afternoon

Read Years, by LaVyrle Spencer

Best Forgotten Custom

Men censoring their language in front of women.

Best Way to Break a Sweat

There is no best way to do that, sister.

Best Style Icon

Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepurn

Best Time-Waster

Pinterest. Love that site.

Best Indulgence

Anything chocolate.

Best Advice

Finish the book.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. felecia says:

    I would love to read this!

  2. amyc says:

    Years is one of my all time favorite reads!
    Would love to read It Happened At the Fair.

  3. Cindi says:

    I have to agree with you…My Daisy Beagle would be who I
    would rush for to come out of the fire with me!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  4. Andrea Williams says:

    Have read an excerpt from this and would love to see how it goes!

  5. Laurie Thompson says:

    Looking forward to reading

  6. Jackie B. says:

    I have read and loved all of Deeanne’s books. I love the way the characters have strength, flaws, a sense of humor, and eventually a strong faith in God.

  7. Martha J. Sturm says:

    I own all your other books. Look forward to reading (and maybe winning?) this one.

    If I only had time to get one thing out of the house, I would only want family out and wouldn’t bother with anything else. Of course, I don’t have pets but could understand that.

  8. Love all of Deeanne’s books, and so glad she took the advice to finish this one. Can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  9. Liz says:

    I agree on the Best Forgotten Custom. I abhor filthy language. Also – Pinterest…I LOVE Pinterest! 🙂 I also LOVE Deeanne Gist’s novels! 🙂 I desperately want to win her newest It Happened At The Fair. 🙂

  10. Shelly D. says:

    Love Dee’s books! Can’t wait to read this one!

  11. Grace E. says:

    Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! I have entered so many contests to win “It Happened At The Fair” and have lost and left brokenhearted. 🙁 It would mean the world to me and an honor if you would bless me with a copy! The World’s Fair is very special because I collect old artifacts/memorabilia whenever I can! Regency is my passion, I always felt like I was born in the wrong time period – lol! Look forward to hearing back from you with good news 😉 God Bless ~ Grace <3

  12. Leah says:

    I am so excited to read this book! I read Tempest in the White City, so good! After reading that little excerpt I wanted to read It Happened at the Fair even more!

  13. Elizabeth Dent says:

    If i had to get one thing out of my house if it was on fire it would be to help my husband to get out also.. I would love to win and read It Happened At The Fair. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Patty H says:

    I’ve read and enjoyed several of Deeanne’s books… Would love to read this newest one!
    Don’t think I have read Years by LaVyrle Spencer, I’ve read some of her books in the past but it has been a while. I’m going to look this one up!

  15. Can’t wait to read It Happened at the Fair. I’ve loved all of Deeanne’s books!

  16. Deeanne Gist says:

    Good luck to all you gals who entered and thanks for stopping by. My husband is 6’5″ and incredibly athletic. I feel sure he’d be able to get out of the fire. Since all our kids are grown and out of the house, that only leaves our border collie, Cowboy. My guess is that my husband would get to him first, but just in case, that’s who I’d want to make sure made it out safe and sound. 🙂

  17. Ruth Ann says:

    Your “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment is awesome. Have loved all of your books so far and know I’ll feel the same about this one, also.

  18. Karen says:

    Have read every one of your other books and would love to win this one…enjoyed getting to know some other personal info about you too!

  19. Denise Harmer says:

    Good advice! Love your books, and this one looks fantastic. 🙂

  20. Michelle says:

    Fun interview!

  21. Aleta Crowe says:

    I love Dee’s books, and yours! I loved her sense of humor on most of these questions. If we don’t have a sense of humor we have nothing!

  22. I really, really, NEED this book, lol! Thank you for the chance to win it.


  23. Marissa says:

    I love Deanne’s books! Can’t wait to read this one- looks so unique and interesting!

  24. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this fabulous story 🙂

  25. Shirley says:

    I enjoyed all the books of the past and look so forward to a new read!

  26. Want this book so bad! I love all you books.

  27. Lori Lamb says:

    I love all of your books, Deeanne, and am excited to read this one! Do you have plans to do sequels to any of your other books? A Bride in the Bargain is one of my favorites, and I’d enjoy hearing more of Anna and Joe’s story. But I’m most curious about Drew’s brother, Josh, in A Bride Most Begrudging, as well as Rachel’s sister, Lissa, from The Measure of a Lady, and would love to find out what happens next for those two characters.

  28. Shelly Daugherty says:

    Great choice Ms. Suzanne! I Love Ms. Gist’s books ! My sister in law, who has passed away now 🙁 gave me one of her books to read a few years ago, I was hooked! You sound like a wonderful Lady! Can’t wait to read this one !

  29. Beth says:

    Gist’s fiction got me into Christian fiction! Her books are such a treat. And what a cute interview! I love all of the “best” questions.

    Thank you both for the chance to win!


    • Erica says:

      I like the answer to the best forgotten custom! I also wish women would dress the way they would like other women to dress in from their husband!

  30. KayM says:

    I would love to win a copy of Deeane’s book. Thank you so much!

  31. Laura Pol says:

    That is some great advice!

  32. Dianne–Loved reading about you! “Maid to Match” was one of my favorite books. Such great research! I recommended it to many of my reading friends. Thanks for being a part of Author Spotlight today! Suzanne

  33. Kathy Jacob says:

    I love Deeanne’s books!

  34. Sue Wendt says:

    I’d love a chance to win a copy of Deanne’s latest.

  35. Amy says:

    I love Dee & her books can’t wait to read this one! Love the new info about Dee, thanks for sharing!

  36. bonnie says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your book!

  37. Pia Thompson says:

    I loved all of Dee’s books and can’t wait to read this one, too!

  38. Gina Pasley says:

    I always enjoy Dee’s interviews. She never fails to inspire a chuckle. Her books are my favorite and I always look forward to release of new Gist books.

  39. Merry says:

    How awesome to have such terrific support from your publisher. I’ve been looking forward to It Happened at the Fair, please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

  40. Louise Laba says:

    I love to hear of new authors. I would love to be able to read this book. Please include me in the drawing. Thank you!

  41. Teresa Young says:

    I like Pinterest too – I have to limit the number of times each day that I check it.

  42. Andrea says:

    I would love to read this.
    I love hearing about new authors, especially those who write about the Amish. I just love Amish books.

  43. grams says:

    Love Deeanne Gist’s books! Can’t wait to read this one. Enjoy the interview.

  44. Molly Loggins says:

    Wow! I would love to win! What a captivating cover! Thanks!

  45. Rita Clements says:

    I would love to receive this book! I love the humor in the interview, makes it more personal!

  46. Aww, great interview! LOVE the answer to Best Surprise. So sweet!! Also laughed at your answer about breaking a sweat 😀

  47. Sylvia J Smith says:

    Great interview. I’d like to win.

  48. Nat Homgren says:

    love to read…awesome news of MORE books to chose from!

  49. Ladonna says:

    I enjoyed learning more about Dee!

    I have read all of Dee’s previous books, and I really enjoyed them!! I would love to win this one!!!

    Thanks for this insight into her life and the great giveaway!!

  50. Laurel says:

    I loved the last Deanne Gist book I read. I can’t recall the title, but it was about a telephone operator with a penchant for birds. Very educational AND enjoyable! 🙂

  51. Carol Edwards says:

    looks great

  52. Cindi Laughlin says:

    Would love to win this book! Really enjoyed your books in the past!

  53. Christi Long says:

    Would love to win a copy!! Thanks!

  54. Sarah says:

    I would absolutely love this! I love historical novels more than any genre, and this one sounds especially interesting! Plus, with all the stress of senior year coming to a close, it would be so great to have something to read to kick off my summer!

  55. Lindsay says:

    I love all Deeanne Gist books I have read all of them and I am so blessed by them! My favorite book was Measure of a Lady! And I am super excited to read your new book! I am so thankful that there is an amazing Christian writer as Deeanne Gist who writes so well and gives insight on life, love, and relationships!

  56. Barbara Thompson says:

    I love your books and I know this book will be just as great! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!
    Barbara Thompson

  57. Lisa Harness says:

    Looking forward to reading!

  58. sharon says:

    I also love Chocolate! and Yosemite is awesome; you must go back again! Try seeing it in different seasons- the winter is just beautiful with all the snow draping the trees and bushes. I would love to win your book. I have not read any of your books as yet. sharon, CA

  59. Lyn Desmond says:

    Enjoyed the interview…waiting to read the book

  60. Amanda Jane says:

    I love Dee’s books. I find them inspiring, full of adventure and a touch of romance. I have all of her books and accidentally got everyone of my coworkers hooked.