Friday, April 5, 2013

THE LIFE I'M LIVING AND THE LIFE I'M OBSERVING


 
DiAnn Mills is an award winning writer who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than fifty-five books published.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

THE LIFE I'M LEADING AND THE LIFE I'M OBSERVING
 
I’m a lot like you. Average in so many ways. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, neighbor, friend ... and writer. Perhaps the last descriptor is what makes me different from most people. Yet the life I’m living and the life I’m observing are much the same.

I write suspense. That means I look at the world through the eyes of my imagination—and possible crime. Nothing is ever as it seems. People, events, situations all have the potential to leap onto the pages of a book. Story ideas jump at me like mosquitoes in summer. I hear part of a conversation twist it into a crime or a victim’s response. I see people interacting and wonder if someone is in danger. I focus on media reports, and “what-if” sparks a story idea.

I also believe in national and worldwide awareness. One doesn’t need to be a media junky to understand what is going on in the world, country, state, and local news. Developing a habit of diving into real happenings makes me a concerned citizen of this planet—and a better writer. When I talk to those in the world I’m living, I want to contribute to the conversation. When I write in the world I’m observing, I need accuracy.

My participation in the FBI Houston’s Citizens Academy has helped me blend the life I’m living and the life I’m observing. During seven weeks of seminars that showed the role of an FBI special agent and the various departments that prevent and solve crimes, I learned what goes on while the rest of us are busy with our own lives. Wherever I go, whether it’s the grocery story, the mall, church, or the Post Office, I’m more aware of people and their surroundings.

Now my family, friends, and neighbors do view me as a little quirky. I’ve also heard eccentric and bizarre. But I don’t mind. My husband often warns people to be careful what they say because it might end up in my next novel. And I hear the best dialogue at restaurants. Between my active imagination and the world around me, I’m creating stories for others to read. Not a bad swap.

Blending everything about my life makes me a better person and writer. What about you? Is the world you’re living and the world you’re observing different ... or the same? Take a look at the shopping scene below. It could be anywhere. Can you construct a crime in the making? In the comment section below, insert no more than three sentences of a possible crime. From your responses I’ll select a winner to receive a personalized copy of my new release, The Survivor.
 

 


The Survivor - Zondervan

8 comments:

  1. You are a new author to me, and i would love to win this book, i love mysterys and supence

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  2. Nice post today, I can see you doing just that blending and observing. I enjoy your books and would like to be in the drawing.
    thanks for sharing
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  3. Thanks for the post. Here's my story idea:
    Crime: A ticking bomb has been placed under a table, and will be allowed to explode & unleash a biological poison that will kill hundreds of people unless every store in the mall wires $100,000 to an off-shore account. The head of security has been told he's being watched, and that calling the police, or alerting the shoppers will force the terrorists to set off the explosive. He has one hour to get every store to comply to the demands.

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    1. Larry, you are the winner of a personalized copy of The Survivor! Congratulations! Would you email me privately at diann@diannmills.com with your physical address?

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  4. The man on the 2nd floor, leaning aginst the support pole is a stalker. He has a great view of his lady victim down below. Just waiting for the perfect time to strick.
    Love your books.

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  5. You are watching the guy in the straw hat and he is eyeing the mother with her child in the stroller. If only he would make his move, you could move in and take him down. But as all these cat and mouse games are, patience and time is the key...

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  6. She watches her closely oh, she knows who she's seeing, but what she doesn't know is why? How does he figure into the equation? Does she know that he's with the FBI and that he is investigating her boyfriend?

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