Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Introducing Debby Giusti

Hi! I’m Debby Giusti, one of the old timers on the loop. In case you didn’t know, I’m a medical technologist by profession, was a stay-at-home mom when my kids were young, freelanced for years writing for medical publications and ladies’ magazines, and now have the privilege to write inspirational romantic suspense for Steeple Hill.

All About Me:
1. How I got my first name? My mama named me, of course. My dad may have had a little input, but I think he left the final decision to my mother. Throughout her pregnancy, I was going to be Deidre, but close to delivery, she thought folks might have difficulty with the spelling so I ended up Deborah.

2. How I got my writing name? See above! :)

3. How I pick my character’s names, good guy and bad? I love names! Especially if they’re unusual. The heroine in YULE DIE, which will be out in Dec ’09, is named after the receptionist in my dentist’s office—Callie. The villains? I’m not sure where their names come from . . . probably my dark subconscious.

Three Really Interesting Tidbits About Me:

1. I lived in Japan when I was a young child and in Germany when I was a young woman, but nothin’ beats the USA!

2. I live on a lake now and love water . . . a trip to the beach is a must each summer!

3. My favorite TV program is 24!

All About my Books:

1. How I stumbled into writing suspense . . . it what’s I’ve always read and always loved.

2. My favorite suspense book I wrote and why . . . whichever one I’m working on because it provides the greatest challenge.

3. My favorite suspense book I read and why . . . Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, probably impacted me more than any other book I read as a young girl. Winning the Daphne du Maurier Award for Inspirational Suspense in 2008 was an incredible honor because Rebecca meant so much to me.

All About Others:

1. My favorite author is . . . Tess Gerritsen because she combines her medical background with spine-chilling suspense

2. My best writing friend is . . . so many, but critique partner Darlene Buchholz tops the list, along with Seeker friends, the Ladies of Suspense, Love Inspired authors and GRW members.

3. My most loyal fan is . . . I love them all! Thanks to them, I’m able to keep writing!

The funniest thing that’s ever happened to me because I’m a writer . . . I participated in a Moveable Author Feast . . . authors rotate from table to table talking about their books in ten minute intervals while people eat lunch. After giving my spiel fourteen times, I wasn’t sure what my name was, let alone the name of my book.

The craziest thing I’ve done gathering research for a novel is . . . I talked to the local funeral director about how long after death blood could be drawn from a human body.

A real life murder that fascinates me . . . Yikes, I don’t like to think about this one. I turned on Dateline one Friday night and realized the murderer they were talking about was a guy who had lived on my cul-de-sac when I was growing up. I was a friend of his younger brother.

Finally, I’m excited about this blog because . . . well, because I’ve enjoyed it in the past and know, with the addition of so many delightful writers, it’s bound to get even better.

Happy writing!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti

Watch for Debby's next book, PROTECTING HER CHILD, in May 2009. YULE DIE will be out in December 2009, and KILLER HEADLINE will follow in February 2010.


PamelaTracy said...

So, inquiring minds want to know... do you think you'd have liked being a Deidre?

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Pam! Good question. One I haven't thought about! :)

My agent's name is Deidre. I think about how we both could have the same name if my mother hadn't changed her mind!

Abi said...

Nice interview.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Abi,
Thanks for stopping by!