Friday, July 4, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH DIANN MILLS





DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author 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; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2014 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also a craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. Visit her website at www.diannmills.com and connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DiAnnMills), Twitter (@DiAnnMills),
Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/DiAnnMills), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/DiAnnMills).
 
INTERVIEW WITH DIANN MILLS

S.S: How long have you been writing?

Since 1996 - My first novel was released in 1998.

S.S: Do you write full time? If the answer is no, what else do you do? If you are a full time author, what other jobs did you have in the past? 

Yes I write full time and love it! I’ve done this since 1996 when my husband first challenged me to write a book.

In the past I was a day-care and pre-school director. :)

S.S: Tell us about the moment you finally felt like a “real author”?

When my first article came into print. It was a short story that appeared in Mature Living about my dad’s pet robin.

S.S.: Who has been your greatest supporter as an author?  

My husband. He’s my best cheerleader and my nightmare editor.

S.S: Do you write in any other genres? If so, what? 

In the past I’ve written historical romance, and I still do an occasional novella. But all my stories have the element of suspense.

S.S: How does your faith play into your writing? 

At least one of my characters will be Christian. Not that the character spouts Bible verses or prays audibly, but the character lives life from a Christian worldview.

S.S: If you couldn’t write, what else would you want to do? 

I have no idea! Great question!

S.S: Tell us about your current release. 

I loved writing Firewall. The story had been with me for years, growing and changing. Here’s the plot line:

After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

S.S: Where did you get your inspiration for this book? 

I was waiting at the Nairobi, Kenya in 2007, when a young couple walked through the airport. They appeared so much in love. I wondered how their lives would change if a bomb exploded. The story developed over years until Firewall came to life.

S.S: What is the main thing you hope readers remember from your story?

Truth - always truth.

S.S: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

I love my protagonists - Taryn and Grayson. Yet Uncle Joe has my heart.

S.S: Who is your least favorite character in this book? Why?

Probably . . . Vince. He chose the easy way out.

S.S: What are you working on now?

Book 3 in the FBI: Houston series Deadlock

S.S: Any writing goals you still hope to achieve? 

Always to reach more people with a story that entertains and encourages them to be better people. 

S.S: Now let’s get a little personal. Name two things on your “bucket list” that you haven’t done yet.   

1. Trip to Greece to walk where Paul walked.
2. Take all my grandchildren to Disney World

S.S: What is the silliest thing you have ever done? 

Probably wanting to take my grandchildren to Disney World. :)

S.S: What is the hardest thing you have ever done? 
Accepting the challenge the write!

S.S.: Where can readers find you on the internet?

www.diannmills.com
www.facebook.com/diannmills
twitter.com/diannmills

S.S.: Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I love readers! Sign up for my newsletter via my website and connect with me on social media.

Would you like to win a copy of DiAnn's new book, Firewall? Just leave a comment, along with your contact information. We'll pick a winner on Monday!




24 comments:

  1. I loved this interview, GREAT answers DiAnn!! So glad your hubby is greatest supporter and your bucket list is awesome :) Would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to win a copy of Firewall, thanks sooooo much for the giveaway! Happy 4th to you and the Suspense Sisters!
    Blessings, Kara
    wman4jcATaolDOTcom

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  2. Really enjoyed the interview! Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mo1202007@yahoo.com

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  3. I would love to win a copy of DiAnn's new book! ladydianajg@yahoo.com

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  4. Sounds like a good book to read. Bonnie Traher momtr3@yahoo.com

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  5. Loved the interview! Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing. I just started Firewall and am already sucked into the story!!

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  6. Wow! FIREWALL sounds like a fantastic story and I would love to win a copy!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful interview and giveaway.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  7. Great interview! The books sounds fantastic!

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  8. It sounds like a great book! a_stonecipher@yahoo.com

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  9. Would love to read!
    Samantha
    pooh_1334(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Samantha, please respond to my personal email - diann@diannmills.com Thanks!

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  10. I have LOVED DiAnn's books!!! I am looking forward to the next FBI: Houston and this one sounds like a fantastic way to wait. Thanks for writing for us, DiAnn.

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  11. Great interview! Would love to read one of her books :)
    d_stevens310 @ live.com

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  12. I really enjoyed the interview and just recently discovered your books!
    cindy99@gmx.com

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  13. Would love to win. I have enjoyed DiAnn'sbooks.

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  14. I have enjoyed all your books! Would love to win!

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  16. I also would like to take my grandchildren (although I am still waiting for grandchildren) to Disney World when they are old enough to enjoy it. I really enjoyed your Call of Duty series as well as Footsteps and The Chase. Thanks for the chance to win Firewall!

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  17. I also would like to take my grandchildren (although I am still waiting for grandchildren) to Disney World when they are old enough to enjoy it. I really enjoyed your Call of Duty series as well as Footsteps and The Chase. Thanks for the chance to win Firewall!

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  18. What a great interview! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the giveaway. I would love to read this one!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  19. Many thanks for all of your entries! Now to find out the winner!

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  20. Our Winner is Samantha! Congratulations! Thanks to all of you for commenting. If you're interested in a contest, check out - Celebrate my #FBIHouston series with prize packed #giveaway including an iPAD MINI! #Firewallbook in stores NOW! http://bit.ly/1n7Cwpe

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