Debby Giusti’s Care & Treatment of Villains (Episode 35)

On this episode of “The Romantic Side of Suspense,” I’m talking with Debby Giusti, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author. She’s a medical technologist who loves working with test tubes and petri dishes almost as much as she loves to write. Growing up as an Army Brat, Debby met and married her husband—then a captain in the Army—at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Together they traveled the world, raised three wonderful Army brats of their own and eventually settled in Peachtree City, Georgia, where Debby spins tales of suspense that touch the heart and soul.

Debby has more than a million books in print, and her stories have won numerous awards, including two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Inspirational Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, Golden Quill, the Beacon, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Write Touch. Hidden Amish Secrets is her 27th Love Inspired Suspense novel.

In addition to full-length fiction, Debby has written magazine articles for Southern Lady, Woman’s World, Our Sunday Visitor, Army and Family, and served for more than 12 years on the editorial advisory board of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory.

“I don’t know if I could write a book if I couldn’t kill somebody,” Debby said. “There’s a lot of elements to a suspense story that need to be woven together. I’m a plotter, so beforehand, I want to get a fairly good idea of how the story’s going to progress. We have our red herrings, and there’s a lot of foreshadowing that has to go in there. And of course our villain has to be a somewhat complex person. He has to have goals and motivations and conflict, and he has to change through the story as well.”

Listen to the podcast for more from our interview, plus an excerpt from Debby’s Hidden Amish Secrets.

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