An Interview with Debby Giusti Plus Amish Refuge Book Giveaway

Amish-Refuge

Hi, Debby! Welcome to Destination Amish. Can you share a little about yourself and your books?

Michelle, thanks for inviting me to your blog! I write inspirational romantic suspense and have published twenty books with Love Inspired. My last project was a Military Investigations series that included nine stand-alone stories. In the last few books, I created an Amish community located near my fictional military post and enjoyed adding the Amish thread to those stories about military heroes.

My current trilogy is a straight Amish suspense that features three sisters caught in a human trafficking web located in the North Georgia mountains. Amish Refuge came out in May. Undercover Amish will release in October, and Amish Rescue will be published in April 2018.

How are you spending your summer?

I just attended the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Disney World, Florida. The entire week was so rewarding with great workshops presented by top names in the publishing industry. It’s always special to reconnect with old friends and to meet new folks who love to write. I had a wonderful week, but by the end of the conference, I was eager to get home and back to my stories.

Later this month, I will attend the Christian Fiction Readers’ Retreat in Cincinnati and plan to visit Holmes County and many of the Amish communities in Ohio following the event. This fall, I’m traveling to the Holy Land…something I’ve longed to do for years!

Have you ever visited an Amish community?

My family is from Ohio, and I graduated from the Ohio State University so visiting the Amish communities was something I did often. I’ve also lived near the Amish in Pennsylvania and always enjoyed the Lancaster area. Last year, I traveled to Ethridge, Tennessee, where I visited a number of Amish farms and businesses and continue to correspond with a lovely Amish lady who had invited me into her home.

Who is your favorite character that you have written and why?

Miriam Miller is the heroine in Amish Refuge. She’s strong and determined and has to fight off a terrible man who’s holding her captive. I love Miriam’s gumption. She needs to find her sister, Sarah, and nothing will stop her…not even a killer who has her in his cross hairs. Amish widower, Abram Zook, provides refuge for Miriam, and all too quickly, she realizes not only her life but also her heart might be in danger.

What does a typical writing day look like for you?

I do household chores and errands in the morning and write in the afternoon. Usually, I stop at 5 PM to take a walk. After dinner, I’m often back at my computer.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

I’ve always loved reading and writing and penned my first—very short novel—in third grade. I also loved science and medicine and pursued a degree in medical technology and worked in the clinical laboratory after graduation. Following the birth of my first child, I turned in my test tubes and became a stay-at-home mom. I started writing in earnest when my children were older. My debut novel was released in 2007, and now, ten years later, I’m still so thankful that my writing dream came true.

What is one thing about you that readers would be surprised to learn?

Hmmm? Perhaps that I enjoy the revision process more than writing the first draft. In my opinion, the story comes alive as I rework the pages.

What’s next for you?

I’ll continue writing Amish suspense. My next project will feature an Amish woman who had a small role in the three earlier books. Her name is Rosie Glick and she’s insisting that I tell her story.

Thanks so much for visiting us! How can readers connect with you?

Debby-Giusti

Thanks for asking, Michelle. I love to hear from readers and hope they’ll contact me in one of the following ways:
Website: www.DebbyGiusti.com
Email: Debby@DebbyGiusti.com
Blog: www.seekerville.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debby.giusti.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbyGiusti
 

Debby is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of Amish Refuge! To enter, leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random and announced on Saturday, August 12th.

*Giveaway starts today, Friday, August 4th and ends Friday, August 11th and is only open to US residents*


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87 Comments

  1. Susan Ferrell
    August 4, 2017

    Count me IN!

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Good luck, Susan. Thanks for your interest in winning Amish Refuge!

      Reply
  2. Carol Alscheff
    August 4, 2017

    I have enjoyed reading Debby’s other Amish Love Inspired Suspense books and would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Thanks for your kind words about my stories, Carol! Hug!

      Reply
  3. Debi Smith
    August 4, 2017

    Would love to read this book

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      You must like Amish stories, Debi. I do too!

      Love the way you spell your first name! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Marcia Meyers
    August 4, 2017

    I also enjoy reading Debby’s Amish Suspense books. Looking forward to reading this one. 🙂

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Thanks so much, Marcia! I hope you enjoy Amish Refuge. I’ve enjoyed writing the Amish Protectors trilogy.

      Reply
  5. Deanne Patterson
    August 4, 2017

    I got into reading the Amish genre in it’s infancy when basically just Beverly Lewis wrote it. I have tried many authors as the genre has grown, so better than others of course. I am now just starting out reading suspense and I have enjoyed reading a few suspense Amish books. I think it’s a great idea mixing the two genres. I would love to read your Amish Refuge, Debby. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      I like Beverly Lewis’ stories, as well, Deanne. For me, mixing the Amish characters into the suspense stories is an interesting and enjoyable challenge. I hope you enjoy the mix.

      Reply
  6. Mary Lawson
    August 4, 2017

    Looking forward to reading another one of your books.

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Thank you so much, Mary Lawson. I’m always touched by the kind words of my wonderful readers. Hugs!

      Reply
  7. Donna Griffin
    August 4, 2017

    I’m going to plan a trip to Ethridge TN…. Love reading about the Amish.

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      I hope you enjoy Ethridge. You can take a horse and wagon tour if you stop by the general store that’s on the main road through town. You can’t miss it.

      Reply
  8. Connie Saunders
    August 4, 2017

    Thanks for a great interview! Thanks for this interview.
    Blessings!!

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      You’re most welcome, Connie. I’m thrilled to be here. Michelle was so sweet to ask me to blog and everyone has been so welcoming.

      Reply
  9. Loretta Shumpert
    August 4, 2017

    new-to-me author, book sounds very interesting

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      HI Loretta! So glad we could connect on Destination Amish!

      Reply
  10. Myrtle Thorn
    August 4, 2017

    This will be my first Debbie Giusti book. I’ve made a space on my bookshelf. Thank you for this great chance

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Myrtle! I hope you enjoy Amish Refuge!

      Reply
  11. MaryEllen Ashenfelder
    August 4, 2017

    So exciting to meet a new author. This sounds like a very interesting read. Would be thrilled to win a copy of this book. Thank you 😊

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      MaryEllen, thanks for your interest in Amish Refuge!

      Reply
  12. Shelia Hall
    August 4, 2017

    Sounds like another winner!

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Shelia! I was thrilled when Amish Refuge made the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers List! I hope you enjoy the story.

      Reply
  13. Robin in NC
    August 4, 2017

    Hey Debby! You’re a new to me author! I love Amish suspense, Vannetta Chapman is my favorite. I’d definitely enjoy winning one of yours! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Robin! I’m in GA so we’re practically neighbors! 🙂

      Vannetta is a wonderful author. She’s working with Love Inspired now, which is my publisher. I hope you’ll check out the LI lineup. Six sweet romances and six suspense stories are published by Love Inspired each month. You can find them in bookstores as well as Walmart and KMart.

      Reply
  14. Jan Hall
    August 4, 2017

    I like what you said about Rosie Gluck insisting that you tell her story. I love Christian suspense and look forward to reading this book.

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    1. Jan Hall
      August 4, 2017

      Oops Rosie Glick

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    2. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      I’m eager to start Rosie’s story, Jan, but I have to finish Sarah’s story first. I’ll send the finished manuscript to my editor on WED and then focus on Rosie Glick. Her story will probably release later in 2018.

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  15. Dianne Casey
    August 4, 2017

    I really enjoy reading Amish fiction. Debby is a new author to me and I’m looking forward to reading her book.

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Dianne! Thanks for your interest in my Amish stories. Miriam’s story, AMISH REFUGE, is available now. UNDERCOVER AMISH is Hannah’s story and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Here’s the URL:
      https://www.amazon.com/Undercover-Amish-Protectors-Debby-Giusti-ebook/dp/B06XBY3SWQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1501957796&sr=8-3&keywords=Debby+Giusti

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  16. Maryann
    August 4, 2017

    Amish fiction is my favorite genre to read. I love the suspense and military aspects of the book as well. Miriam sounds like a tough cookie for sure. Would love to read this book!

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Maryann, I smiling at your comment. It’s doubtful that Miriam would consider herself a tough cookie, but she’s determined to find her sister. Of course, she has to worry about “Serpent” whose trying to killer her. Thank goodness for Abram Zook. He’s her hero, for sure!

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  17. Martha Franks
    August 4, 2017

    Debbie, I haven’t read your books. Would love to win!

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Martha, I hope you win. I would love everyone to win! 🙂

      Thanks for your interest in Amish Refuge!

      Reply
  18. Jean
    August 4, 2017

    Would love to read a new author plus a suspense and the topper being Amish oh my this is great!

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Jean,
      I love the mix of suspense with the Amish. Glad you do too!

      Reply
  19. Jean
    August 4, 2017

    Thanks for the chance a new author+a suspense + topping of it being Amish oh my can’t get any better than that but that’s just my opinion!

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Jean, I like your opinion. I agree! Amish suspense is exciting!

      Reply
  20. Brenda Sterne
    August 4, 2017

    Love your books and would love to wins free copy of your new book

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Thank you, Brenda Sterne! Your support means so much to me!

      Reply
  21. Vivian Furbay
    August 4, 2017

    Amish Refuge reminds me of the refuge we have in Jesus. Hope to win a copy of this book.

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      The Lord is always our refuge. You’re so right, Vivian!

      Reply
  22. Marla
    August 4, 2017

    Would love to win Amish Refuge but if not will definitely be getting it and reading it. I love reading Amish genre – I live near the Amish in Marion Kentucky and have helped the Amish in Galatia Illinois in transporting their vegetables and other things.

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Marla, I hope you enjoy this story. I’ll be driving through Kentucky soon. I need to check a map to see if I’ll be passing close to Marion. I lived at Fort Knox in my youth. Love Kentucky. Such a beautiful state!

      Reply
  23. Debbie Hazelton
    August 4, 2017

    Would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Another Debbie! Thanks for your interest in Amish Refuge!

      Reply
  24. Teresa Corbin
    August 4, 2017

    Hi Debby! I too am from Ohio and I have visited several Amish communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. My desire is to visit the Amish community in Maine that borders Canada. Headed back to Shipshewana, Indiana camping in 2 weeks. I am rarely without a good Amish book to read, never leave home without! I so look forward to reading Amish Refuge. I would love to win a copy of your book!

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Sounds like you’re quite a traveler, Teresa! I didn’t know about the Amish community in Maine. How interesting. Have a wonderful time in Shipshewana. I hope to get there in the not too distant future. Happy travels!

      Reply
  25. MaryAnn Pepe
    August 4, 2017

    Wow! this book sounds very different from all the rest!

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      MaryAnn, I hope you’ll enjoy Amish Refuge. My editor thought it was a unique story that would interest a wide variety of readers.

      Reply
  26. Kristina Kohler
    August 4, 2017

    Thanks for a chance to win Amish Refuge.

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Kristina, so glad you stopped by Destination Amish. Love Michelle’s blog!

      Reply
  27. Andrea B. Brooks
    August 4, 2017

    Wow!! Another great author to give a try. I have read numerous books by Love Inspired Authors and have enjoyed each one. Looking forward to entering this contest.

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Andrea. I’m glad you enjoy Love Inspired Books. I’m thrilled to write for them. The editors are wonderful and really understand story. Hope you enjoy AMISH REFUGE.

      Reply
  28. Patricia wright
    August 4, 2017

    I love Amish books.

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Patricia,
      I like Amish books too! Thanks for your interest in AMISH REFUGE!

      Reply
  29. Julie
    August 4, 2017

    A new to me author. Looking forward to reading this book.

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Julie,
      Thank you for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment. You’re in the drawing!

      Reply
  30. Jean Thompson
    August 4, 2017

    Can’t wait to Read this book, The cover catches your Attention right off… Love reading Amish Fiction. I have Amish Families living on my road.. and quite a few here in this county..

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      HI Jean, what state are you in? How nice to have Amish neighbors. I hope you enjoy Amish Refuge!

      Reply
  31. Wendy Newcomb
    August 4, 2017

    I love these Amish mystery series and love that there are more of them popping up. Thank you for the chance to win Debby’s book, I really enjoy her books, I’ve read many!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Wendy, so good to see you here! Thanks for your kind words about my stories. Like you, I love the Amish mystery and suspense series! They’re fun to read…and fun to write.

      Reply
  32. Andrea Woodard
    August 4, 2017

    I have read Debbie’s other Amish mysteries and would love to win and read this one. Thanks for the opportunity! Love your books Debbie.

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Andrea,
      You’re so kind to mention my other stories! Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy Amish Refuge.

      Reply
  33. Michelle Worley
    August 4, 2017

    I have read the Military series. I look forward to reading the Amish as well.

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for visiting Destination Amish and thanks especially for mentioning my previous books. I greatly appreciate your encouragement and support! Hugs and love!

      Reply
  34. Tamera Smith
    August 5, 2017

    Love Amish suspense!

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Tamera! We think alike! Amish + Suspense = Love It!

      Reply
  35. Deana Dick
    August 5, 2017

    I love reading Amish fiction. It is very interesting to read about their beliefs and how they help each other out.

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 5, 2017

      Hi Deana,
      The Amish are such good people. God bless them! Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment. You’re in the drawing.

      Reply
  36. Shirley Chapel
    August 5, 2017

    Love your cover and would love to read this Amish suspense series. Thanks for your giveaway . Would love to win a copy of this book.

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 6, 2017

      Hi Shirley, you’re in the drawing! Best of luck to you!

      Reply
  37. wilma
    August 5, 2017

    this was awesome!!! sounds like a great book !!!

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 6, 2017

      Thanks, Wilma. I hope you’ll give Amish Refuge a try!

      Reply
  38. Jackie Layton
    August 5, 2017

    Hi Debby! It’s great to see you here. I always love reading your books and I’m reading Amish Refuge now. It’s another wonderful story.

    Reply
    1. Debby Giusti
      August 6, 2017

      Thank you so much, Jackie. You’re support and encouragement mean so much to me! Hugs and love!

      Reply
  39. Judith A Fritz
    August 5, 2017

    I would love to win Amish Refuge. Sorry to say, Debby, but I have never read any of your books. Amish books are my very favorite and I really enjoy the Amish Mystery ones as well. I actually have an Amish Collection book shelf in my home. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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    1. Debby Giusti
      August 6, 2017

      Judith, I hope you pick up one of my Amish stories. Amish Refuge is available now and starts my new suspense trilogy.

      Reply
  40. Katie Johnson
    August 7, 2017

    I love reading Amish stories. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this one.

    Reply
    1. Deborah Giusti
      August 9, 2017

      Hi Katie, I hope you enjoy Amish Refuge. It was so fun to write!

      Reply
  41. Lila Kaser
    August 8, 2017

    I love Amish books as Michelle can tell you. And August 12 is my birthday.I lo enew authors but anyone who writes Amish I will read

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    1. Deborah Giusti
      August 9, 2017

      Happy Birthday, Lila! I hope you read Amish Refuge and enjoy the story. 🙂

      Reply
  42. Karen Clinton
    August 8, 2017

    I must confess if I am fortunate enough to win your book it will be my first of your books to read. I’m thankful to discover you.

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    1. Deborah Giusti
      August 9, 2017

      HI Karen, I’m so glad Destination Amish brought us together. Wishing you abundant blessings!

      Reply
  43. Maija Kytta
    August 10, 2017

    I would love to win this 🙂

    Reply
  44. Destination Amish
    August 12, 2017

    The winner of Amish Refuge is Teresa Corbin. Congratulations! Thanks for entering, everyone!

    Reply

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