Wednesday, September 30, 2009


By Debby Giusti

Want to know the five best things that happened to me at ACFW? Is so, read on…

1. Tina Colombo, AKA Tina James! Steeple Hill’s senior editor for the Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical line came to ACFW and was a true delight. Tina, who married this summer and thus the name change, is a beautiful, articulate, warm and endearing woman. In the sessions with Steeple Hill, she laid out the guidelines for the three Love Inspired lines and answered a myriad of questions with grace and poise. I learned so much and came away totally charmed by the lovely woman who leads the editing team for the books I write.

2. Charlene Patterson, Bethany House Editor! At dinner on Thursday, a lady slipped into the chair next to me. Wanting to get to know those I was sitting with, I asked what she wrote. Charlene Patterson smiled and said she was an editor. Of course, I apologized for not recognizing her, and then we continued to chat about the conference, books and writing in general. We had a wonderful discourse throughout our meal, and I was completely taken by her sweet sincerity. Bethany House authors have a gem in Charlene. I feel blessed to have shared the evening with her and hope we can reconnect at future ACFW functions.

3. My “other” blog is Seekerville,, where 15 unpublished writers joined together for mutual support in 2005. Two years ago, we went public with the blog that now generates 6,000 visitors a month. For the first time in Seeker history, all 15 of us were together. Of course, we made the most of the conference with a Treasure Hunt for Seeker friends that will lead to a Treasure Chest of prizes in the upcoming weeks. We also met each evening to recap our conference highlights and catch up on Seeker news.

4. Friday night I returned from dinner with the Love Inspired Authors and found none other than best-selling Christian suspense author Ted Dekker in the hotel lobby surrounded by a gaggle of women. Knowing this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I pushed my way (nicely, of course) through the crowd and asked if someone would take our picture. Ted’s a cutie. Who knew he was so young!!! I’m a fan and now even more so. He asked me which of his books I liked the best. With my love of the World War II era, I quickly answered, “Obsession.” Thanks, Ted, for making my ACFW conference experience so memorable.

5. Another ACFW joyful memory was spending more time with Pam. We sat together in a couple of workshops, shared a table at lunch and kept running into each other in the hotel. I was the one screaming the loudest when she won the Book of the Year!!! Way to go, Pam!!! We’re so proud of you!!!

I’ll be at Georgia Romance Writers’ Moonlight and Magnolia’s Conference this weekend. Hope to see some of you there!

Happy writing!!!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti
Watch for Debby’s December 8th release, CHRISTMAS PERIL!


Debby Giusti said...

Hi Everyone!
I stopped in early this morning and brought coffee, fresh fruit and a delicious pecan coffee cake. So grab a cup of coffee and something to eat before you head to work or start your day of writing. Leave a comment, if you have time. I'd love to hear from you!

PamelaTracy said...

Great post... I'm so tickled that I'm on the list. I'm dieting, so I'll have some of the fruit, and yes the coffee (since you didn't bring diet Dr. Pepper).

And I agree, meeting Tina was definitely a highlight. She'd be number one on my list, too.

Project Journal said...

It all sounds so fun, you guys! I really wish I could have gone...I would have been right there with you screaming for Pamela, too Debby! : )

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Hannah,
Set your goals for the future! That's what Debbie Macomber told us at ACFW. Write down five long-term goals and then work to make them happen.

Thanks for stopping by, Hannah. Now tell me about The Color Purple cover you use with your comments. Is that one of your favorite stories?

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Pam,
Yes, seeing you was wonderful!!! Glad we had some time together.

Should have added a #6 that I enjoyed seeing everyone at ACFW. Wasn't it great? Thanks to all who made it happen ... Robin and Cara and Margaret and Camy and Brandilyn and our sweet new President and .... well, everyone!!!

Wasn't Janna Ryan great with the bookstore!!! Super reads and lots of them.

Debby Giusti said...

In honor of our wonderful Book of the Year winner, Pamela Tracy, I've brought Dr. Pepper, Diet Coke (my fav drink) and an assortment of other colas. Help yourself. Fresh chocolate chip cookies, too!

Terri Reed said...

Debbi, thanks for highlight the conference. I wish I had been there. Maybe next year.

Lisa Mondello said...

I wished I'd been there. You all sound like you had a wonderful time. I've enjoyed hearing about the goings on and seeing all the pictures!

Debby Giusti said...

Terri and Lisa,
We missed you!!! I've enjoyed seeing everyone's pictures as well. Makes me feel like I'm still there!!! Such fun!!!