Heroine Interview from The General’s Secretary by Debby Giusti

» Posted on Jan 15, 2013 in Blog | 16 comments

This week I’m hosting  Debby Giusti with The General’s Secretary, Debra Ullrick/Cheryl St. John with Colorado Courtship (Love Inspired Historical Anthology), Kristen Heitzann with The Breath of Dawn, and Kathleen Y’Barbo with Flora’s Wish.  If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (January 20th) evening.

9780373445219_p0_v1_s260x420Interview with the heroine from The General’s Secretary by Debby Giusti: 

1. Lillie Beaumont, tell me the most interesting thing about you. 

I’m pretty low key. I went to a local college and now work for the government at Fort Rickman, Georgia, as the commanding general’s secretary. It’s a great job that allows me to interact with folks from both the military and civilian communities. 

2. What do you do for fun? 

I never allowed much time for fun in my life until I met Dawson. Now we go on picnics and take long drives through the countryside. 

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it? 

I didn’t want to learn about the past and have been blocking the truth about the night my mother left town. Also I refused to open the box of keepsakes tucked in the back of my closet. My foster mother collected the mementoes for me after the fire, but I’ve never had the courage to see what the box contained. 

4. What are you afraid of most in life? 

I’m afraid to learn the truth about my birth mother. Most of all, I’m afraid to learn she left town because of something I did. That has been a terrible weight to carry all these years. If it hadn’t been for Dawson, I don’t think I ever would have learned what really happened to her. 

5. What do you want out of life? 

I want what every woman wants–a husband, children, a family. Growing up, I never thought a happily-ever-after would be in my future. Of course, everything changed after I met Dawson. He made me realize that good things are in store for both of us. 

6. What is the most important thing to you? 

God comes first now. Unfortunately, I had closed Him out of my life for too long. Naturally, Dawson is so important too. Then my parents, my country, my home. 

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read? 

I love historical romance because it transports me to another time and place. 

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

I wouldn’t have blamed myself for the past. Plus, I wouldn’t have given Dawson such a hard time when he was trying to protect me. I should have been more aware of the danger. Thank goodness, he found me before it was too late. 

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet? 

No pets yet. I’ve always lived alone. Recently Dawson has been talking about getting a dog. If he does, I hope it’s a Yellow Labrador. They’re loveable and good with children.  

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? 

I would love to have lived in Savannah, Georgia, in the early 1800s. I’ve always found the historical district enchanting with its beautiful squares and lovely homes. To get a peek at the way life really was in those days would be such a thrill. 



  1. Interesting interview. Now, I am very curious about Dawson, so will need to read the book to find out more about this man, who seems to be a hero.

    • Hi Kay,
      Dawson is one of my favorite heroes! I hope you get to read his story and how he tries to protect THE GENERAL’S SECRETARY.

  2. Margaret, I know I told you to enter me in this book giveaway already but now that I’ve read the interview, I just wanted to say that it was really interesting! I’ve really enjoyed Debby’s other books in this series so I know this one will be good too!

    • Hi Valri! So great to see you here. We go back a long time, don’t we! Thanks so much for your support and kind words about my stories.

      Hugs and love!

  3. Hi Debby,
    Thank you Debby and Lena for giving me a chance to win the book. So growing up you said you were a Army Brat! Then you married you man that was in the Army! Lillie Beaumonts, dark past turned up on her porch fatally wounded. Dieing words of the man imprisoned for killing Lillie’s mother suggest hidden secrets. Dawson fears Lillie is in the Line of fire. Sounds like a great book can’t wait to read it. God bless both of you.
    Norma Stanforth

    • HI Norma,
      My dad was career Army and so was my hubby. Now my son’s on active duty. I love writing the Military Investigations series because I can pull so much from my past, growing up on military posts, being an Army wife and now an Army mom. I’m so proud of our military heroes in real life and enjoy showcasing the outstanding work they do in my fictional stories.

      • Yes, Debby, praise the Lord, for our military men and women that are serving and have serve or lost their lives serving for us. My husband was in the army. I have three cousins that are in the military. I know you have to be so proud of your son. God bless you.
        Norma S.

  4. Nice character name.


    • Hi bn100!

      Glad you like Dawson’s name. He’s a special character who has a special spot in my heart! Hope you enjoy his story.

      • Sorry, it’s late. You were probably talking about Lillie Beaumont. In my opinion, she and Dawson are a perfect match!

  5. Fun interview! Savannah is a beautiful place. Lived close by for five years.
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  6. I totally am looking forward to reading this book, Debby. I’ve especially enjoyed the military theme of this series.

    • Thanks, Tina! And thanks for your service to our country! You’re a heroine for sure! 🙂

  7. Hi AMYC!
    Savannah is so beautiful. I love Charleston, too! They’re both favorite cities!

  8. I do like the name Lillie Beaumont. It just trips off the tongue.


    • Hi Mary,
      Lillie had a lot to learn about her past. Writing her story was an adventure for me, especially the ending. I wasn’t sure she would survive! 🙂

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