Today I’m so pleased to welcome Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti!
Debby Giusti is 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 now see the military tradition carried on in their son who's also in the army. Always busy with church, school and community activities, Debby knew it was time to settle down and write her first book when she and her family moved to Atlanta, GA. Despite occasional moments of wanderlust, Debby spends most of her time writing inspirational romantic suspense for the Steeple Hill line.
Debby wants to hear from her readers. Contact her c/o Steeple Hill, 233 Broadway, Suite 1001, New York, NY 10279, or visit her Web site at www.DebbyGiusti.com and e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now, here’s Debby!
When I first learned about the Army’s Wounded Warrior (AW2) program, I knew I wanted to feature it in my Military Investigation series.
Last year, I interviewed Nancy Carlisle, the AW2 Advocate who helps wounded, injured and/or ill soldiers assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia. As one of more than 200 advocates nationwide, Nancy’s job is to provide hands-on support for the soldiers on her caseload as they transition back to active duty or return to civilian life. She walks the injured and their families through the maze of paperwork that often accompanies government programs and also provides career counseling and information on educational opportunities and resources available to the wounded warriors.
Nancy provided me with a detailed overview of the AW2 program and talked openly about the many ways she assists the soldiers. She also discussed the setup of the Warrior Transitional Battalions, special units on each Army post where the injured servicemembers live and work during their recuperation.
After meeting with Nancy, my story started to take shape. The heroine would be an AW2 advocate, and the hero would be a special agent in the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. A crime would occur at the beginning of the book, which would involve the heroine in some way.
I decided to have one of soldiers on her caseload attacked in the opening chapter and upped the heroine’s internal conflict by including an estranged brother. Making him a suspect added an interesting twist and increased the tension between the CID hero investigating the crime and the advocate trying to reconnect with her brother.
My hope is that THE SOLDIER’S SISTER will not only provide an exciting suspense read but will also spotlight the AW2 program and the many people who help our injured military heroes. God bless the brave men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much in order for this great country—the United States of America—to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Happy Labor Day!
Wishing you abundant blessings,
Camy: Thanks for blogging today, Debby!
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