Monday, October 17, 2011

A chat with Deeanne Gist (and giveaway!)

One of my absolute favorite authors (read the backstory on my Deeanne Gist obsession here) is making a return visit to Edgy Inspirational Romance to chat about her new release and my favorite genre!

You pioneered the term edgy inspirational romance (my favorite genre!). Is that a label you still embrace for your work?

Yes, it is. Christian women--and in particularly our singles--are constantly faced with sexual temptation and they don’t feel comfortable bringing up the issues of premarital sex and infidelity in their Ladies Bible Studies and small groups. I, however, can use Christian romance to reveal and deal with sensitive issues like these.

To do that successfully, however, I must have a bit more rope than our readers might be accustomed to, yet still being careful to glorify God. Therefore, I don’t censure my characters at all. If they want to swear, I let them swear. If they feel desire, I let them feel desire. If they have uncharitable thoughts, I let them have uncharitable thoughts. Once I turn the book in, my editor lets me know what needs to be “toned down.”

Tell us a little bit about Love on the Line.

Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man's world…which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.

Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He's a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.

What's the worst writing advice you've ever received?

Nobody cares whether the facts in your novels are accurate or not, they just want a good story. **NOT TRUE** Nothing puts readers off more than a book that hasn’t been well-researched. And I’m not speaking just of historicals. I read a contemporary novel set in Houston where the heroine drove on an expressway. The author immediately lost credibility in my mind. Had he done the barest minimum of research, he’d have known we don’t have expressways in Houston. We have freeways. Never underestimate your readers.

What's the best experience you've ever had with one of your fans?

I absolutely love getting to know my fans. After having such a blast with my readers at the Getaway With Dee last year, I've decided I want to do more "destination" type events. They provide us with so much time to hang out and have fun. My next Getaway With Dee will be in June of 2012 when we meet up at the RomCon convention in Denver, Colorado for a Titanic Tea and many other fun activities. Fans can go to GetawayWithDee.com for more details.

Three things on your bucket list?

Rest, sleep and a massage. :)

Readers can connect with Dee at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

It's giveaway time!

Leave a comment for Dee between now and October 31 for a chance to win my review copy of Love on the Line. Be sure to include your email address if it's not in your profile. Open to US residents only.

21 comments:

  1. Deanne and Joy in one place! Joy, thanks for telling me about Deanne in the first place. Deanne, you're my first "taste" of the kind of Christian romance I'd been looking for. I agree totally about letting the characters do and feel what they're going to. It's SO important to depict real people and their relationship to the Lord. God bless, ladies =-)

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  2. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  3. What a cute review. I love that you asked her about being edgy and I love her answer. Bravo! So true. Great interview.
    (not an entry)

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  4. I am LOVING this book right now (so please don't enter me) and I love how Deeanne takes truths our young people need to read and don't preach them, but show them. Excellent writing from beginning to end!

    Deeanne's books are few of those that I will go and buy without reading first, because I know it's going to be a great story. :)

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  5. I enjoy reading edgy inspirational romance books and Love on the Line sounds like a great read.
    Thanks!
    Rebecca
    rbooth43(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I have heard so much about this book and am very anxious to read it! Please enter me.
    Thanks!!!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  7. One of my favorite Christian romance authors! Great to learn more about Dee and where she stands on her writing. Can't wait to read Love on the Line!

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  8. I love your bucket list -- and your uncensored, but willing to be edited approach to writing Edgy Christian Romance, Dee!

    great interview, Joy!

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  9. Thanks so much for the interview. Love to read DeeAnne's books and can't wait to read this one!!

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

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  10. Thanks, girls. And thanks, Joy, for the opportunity to spend an afternoon with you. Blessings and good luck!

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  11. I like books with strong, independent women as the heroines and the conflict that makes when they fall for men who are even more strong and independent. I'd love to win a copy of "Love on the Line." Thanks for the opportunity!

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  12. Dee - what a good interview. I would love to win a copy of your book, it sounds like a good one.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

    http://griperangsbookmarks.blogspot.com
    http://fatfreenewme.blogspot.com

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  13. Love your philosophy for your novels, Deeanne! Yours were some of the first Christian novels that I read. Looking forward to reading this one! :)

    Loved the interview! Please enter me in the giveaway!

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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  14. Oh, I love Dee's books! Edgy inspirational is my favorite genre cause it has issues that real people deal with and Dee doesn't it so well.

    sara(dot)bofferding(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I am anxious to read this book!
    It would be exciting to win it!
    Thanks for the chance to do so!
    Loved the interview!

    Many Blessings and Smiles:)
    Charlotte Kay
    Charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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  16. Great interview..giving us a little insight into your thoughts/feelings. Would love to win your book...sounds great!
    lgm52@hotmail.com

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  17. From the very first chapter of A Bride Most Begrudging, I was hooked! In fact, Deeanne, you started me reading a whole new genre of books! Thank you so much for the faith-based books! May God continue to bless you.

    Wendi

    wowendi{at}gmail{dot}com

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  18. would love to read deeanne's latest novel...thanks for the chance :)


    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  19. Thanks for entering everyone! I'm reading this one now and I'm really enjoying it. :)

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  20. Sounds like my kind of book. Please enter me!
    ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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  21. This book looks amazing. I love Dee's Books
    stephmbwilson@gmail.com

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