Debby Giusti here!
I just received the go-ahead from my Love Inspired Suspense editor, Emily Rodmell, on the proposal for the sixth book in my Military Investigations Series. The story—untitled at this point--features a heroine in the US Army Criminal Investigation Division who grew up Amish. I’m thrilled Emily liked the idea and excited about including some of my past experiences with the Amish in the story.
My dad was career army and we lived in numerous spots around the country, but he and my mother were originally from
and I graduated from The Ohio State University. Often during college, friends
and I would head to Ohio Plain City, an Amish community not far from , to enjoy the
wonderful restaurants that featured favorite Amish delights. Columbus
Sometimes we'd head farther north into
County that boasts of having one
of the largest Amish communities in the . Picturesque farms dot the
rolling hills, and we’d pass horse drawn buggies on the way to local dairies that sold
cheese and ice cream, which provided special treats on a hot summer’s day and a
lovely escape from campus life. US
After marrying, my hubby and I lived in
, where I’d shop at the nearby
Amish farmers’ market stocked with local produce and fresh baked pies and
breads. Often we’d drive to Carlisle, Pennsylvania , in the heart of Pennsylvania
Dutch country, with favorite stops at Intercourse and Bird-in-Hand. Visiting
Zook’s Fabric store was fun. On one trip, my husband bought a straw hat, and I
found a lovely hand stitched slip for my youngest daughter. Lancaster
As you know, the Amish speak Pennsylvania Dutch, a derivative of the German language. My great-grandparents came from
Fulda, and my husband and I lived in for
three years. I became quite fluent in German while there. Hearing the Amish dialect reminds me
of my time in Deutschland and makes
me feel a certain kinship with the Amish. Germany
Doing research and pulling information from my past for this next book has been so much fun, but now I need to write the story. I’ll keep you posted on my progress in the days ahead.
Have you visited Amish communities? What did you think of their plain lifestyle? Do you enjoy reading Amish stories?
Wishing you abundant blessings,
The General’s Secretary, book 4 in my Military Investigations series, is available here. The Soldier’s Sister will be released in October. Watch for the Amish story, book 6, in March 2014.
THE GENERAL'S SECRETARY
By Debby Giusti
Trusting the Wrong Person Can Be Deadly...
Lillie Beaumont's dark past has just turned up on her porch--fatally wounded. The dying words of the man imprisoned for killing Lillie's mother suggest hidden secrets. Criminal Investigations Division special agent
Timmons agrees. He has his own motive for seeking the truth, and it gives Lillie
every reason to doubt him. But even as they reluctantly begin to face painful
secrets together, Dawson
fears that a murderer is waiting to strike again. And this time, Lillie is
right in the line of fire... Dawson