Award-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn’s first book was published in 1998. She currently has more than fifty 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.
Interview with DiAnn Mills
S.S: How long have you been writing?
I started writing in 1998 when my husband challenged me to write a novel.
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?
Full time! I was previously a preschool teacher, then directed a preschool and daycare.
S.S: Tell us about the moment you finally felt like a “real author”?
When I published my first short story. The publication was Mature Living, and it contained a story 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. And that’s a good thing ... I think.
S.S: Why suspense? Do you write in any other genres? If so, what?
I started writing contemporary and historical romance, and I still write an occasional historical. But everything I write has suspense elements, characters who are attempting to discover a truth or stop a villain. I want to snag a reader’s breath as she reads about characters who are surprised, verbally or physically attacked, or sense something disastrous is about to happen.
S.S: How does your faith play into your writing?
Everything! I write from a Christian worldview, in which one or more of my characters react and respond to the world around them according to the standards God has set for us.
S.S: If you couldn’t write, what else would you want to do?
That’s a scary thought! I’m too old to be an FBI agent or any of the other law enforcement agencies ... Teach writing.
S.S: Tell us about your current release.
The Survivor is a March release. This is the sequel to The Chase in the Crime Scene: Houston series. Bestselling writer Kariss Walker, returns to learn the truth in a twenty-year-old cold case. Special Agent Tigo Harris knew the relationship that began in the first book, but he hasn’t given up. The question is will he be able to find the villain who will stop at nothing to keep his secret?
S.S: Where did you get your inspiration for this book?
From a twenty-year-old solved cold case in Houston FBI files. I massaged the facts to lay the foundation for my story. My goal was not to exploit the victim but to show her strength and courage.
S.S: What is the main thing you hope readers remember from your story?
In The Survivor, the real survivor is a victorious young woman who battled the odds to not only live through a brutal attack but to help the FBI find her assailant. I want my readers to accept the challenges of their lives and live victoriously through Christ.
S.S: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
Tough call. Kariss and Tigo have become much more than characters; they’ve become friends. Both refuse to be held back by people and circumstances. They’re courageous. Want to protect the innocent. A bit stubborn ... and quite lovable.
S.S: Who is your least favorite character in this book? Why?
The villain, a man who refused help after a tragic experience in Viet Nam. He allowed the darkness of a war prison to overpower his mind and actions. I need to take a moment here and explain myself. When tragedies occur, victims are faced with allowing the crime to rule them or finding help so they can live from bondage.
S.S: What are you working on now?
A new FBI series featuring other divisions and how those characters face the war on crime.
S.S: Now let’s get a little personal. Name two things on your “bucket list” that you haven’t done yet.
1. European tour
2. Provide the funds for a water well in Africa
S.S: What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
Write. It’s a constant learning environment that means the writer has to be constantly reading and growing in the craft.
S.S.: Where can readers find you on the internet?
S.S.: Anything else you’d like to tell or share with us?
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