Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Countdown to the ACFW Conference!

By Debby Giusti

I’m flying to Dallas tomorrow for the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. This past week has been busy, which always seems the norm before a conference. Probably because I’m cutting into my work time while away and have to double-up on my production schedule before I leave home.

Although busy, it’s been a fun seven days. Last Tuesday, I met with a local book club that selected my current release, THE COLONEL’S DAUGHTER, the third book in my Military Investigations series, for their monthly selection. The ladies—Carroll Pellegrinelli, Teri Sauer, Suzie Luciano and Aileen Friedlein—were so welcoming and had such kind things to say about my story.  Thank you, ladies!  Thank you, too, for the yummy dinner of chicken quesadillas, green salad, fruit kabobs and key lime pie.

For wonderful baked recipes, check out Carroll’s guide to desserts and baking at baking.about.com.
L to R: Teri Sauer, Debby Giusti, Aileen Friedlein, Carrol
Pellegrinelli, and seated, Susan Luciano. 

Wednesday evening, I joined my own book club for delicious finger food and great discussion about our own monthly selection.  All of us attended a church retreat a number of years ago and have been meeting monthly since then.  Our upcoming selection is THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho.
L to R front row: Elfi, Debby, Ginger, Gerry, Terry, Judy.
Back row: Dee, Tammy, Mary, Rita, and Joan.
 Thursday, I blogged about Travel Tips for those attending ACFW. Check it out at http://seekerville.blogspot.com/2012/09/travel-tips.html.

The rest of the week, I worked on the first three chapters and synopsis of the fifth book in my series. This story deals with the army’s Wounded Warrior Program and has been rewarding for me to write. I mailed the pages late yesterday afternoon and posted this blog last night.

Today, I’m packing and attaching labels to small composition books that I’ll give away at the conference. If you’re heading to Dallas, be sure to say hello.  The best part of any writers’ event is meeting friends old and new.

Safe travel! Happy reading and happy writing.

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti


  1. Safe travels. your week sounds busy and tiring (or do I have tired on my brain).
    Will be interesting hearing all the stories from the conference. I know one Aussie who is going she left today to fly to Dallas. (I get to do that next May).

  2. One of my best friends is involved in the Wounded Warriors program. Sounds like an awesome book.

    When I get time, I keep saying it, I want to join a bookclub.

  3. Hope you have a great time at the conference!

  4. Yay going to the conference too, so hope to meet you there! About Paulo Coelho - not sure if I can give an opinion since I've never read any of his books, BUT, I'm from Brazil (where he's from), and there Christian usually advise against him because he's a strong advocate for spiritualism. So would read it with a grain of salt :) (or not at all).

  5. Hi beautiful ladies. Quite some time. I miss you all. safe journey to all going for the conference. Hugs to all.

  6. Ausjenny, what's the name of the gal attending the ACFW Conference from Australia? I'll be sure to give her a big hug!

  7. Pamela, you have a little one at home. Once he's grown, you'll have time for book clubs! :)

  8. Hi Karen,
    I know the conference will be fun. The best part is seeing old friends and making new ones.

    I'm hoping to come home with lots of new writing information as well. Nancy Kress is presenting the Early Bird Session, which I'm looking forward to attending. She writes for Writer's Digest and should provide a wealth of info I can incorporate into my writing.

  9. Hi Anne,
    Thanks for the info about Paulo. The book was choosen by one of the ladies in our group. She's a very strong Christian and liked the story.

    Be sure to say hello at ACFW!!!

  10. Olufisayo,

    So good to see you here. I hope all is well with you, and that you're not having unrest in your area. So many riots across the globe that have me worried and praying.

    Stay safe!

  11. Alrighty then, your friend would prob know better if it's ok since I've never actually read it :). See you soon, YAY!

  12. Her name is lucy Morgan-Jones,
    She has arrived safely.

  13. Thanks Debby, God is in control. I appreciate you.


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