Author Interviews

An Interview with Debby Giusti Plus Amish Refuge Book Giveaway


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?


Thanks for asking, Michelle. I love to hear from readers and hope they’ll contact me in one of the following ways:

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 thoughts on “An Interview with Debby Giusti Plus Amish Refuge Book Giveaway

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

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  4. 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 ?

  5. 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!

    1. 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.

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  8. 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!

    1. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

    1. 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!

  11. 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!

    1. 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!

  12. 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.

    1. 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.

  13. 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..

  14. 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

    1. 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.

  15. 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.

    1. 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!

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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

  21. 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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