Welcome back, DiAnn. Let’s do some fun questions first. What song most closely resembles your life?
“Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?
Jeremiah 20:9 ESV: If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in and I cannot.
This verse is the story of my life in Christ.
What is the one thing you wish you could go back and change in your life?
That I’d have taken writing classes from the masters before making mistakes and having to edit them! Seriously, more wisdom before making choices.
What is the most important characteristic for a good friend to have?
Trust. Without that essential ingredient, two people cannot be friends. And second, although you didn’t ask :) is respect.
What extracurricular activities did you participate in when you were in school?
Choir, band, Latin club. I was very shy then, so it was hard to get involved. :) I did attempt girl’s basketball once ... nice a good move with my height.
What is your favorite movie of all times?
Now that’s tough. Used to be Gone with the Wind, but now I’d say the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The characterization, plot line, setting, and the symbolism is so rich that I haven’t seen anything since that compares.
Tell us about why you wrote this book.
I heard about the cold case, Beloved Doe, from a friend, who is the media coordinator for
FBI. The case was cold for five years, 2003 - 2008. A child was found in a dumpster,
died of starvation. The FBI,
Rangers, and Crime Stoppers couldn’t let the case go, and they worked together
to eventually solve it. The case wouldn’t let me go either ... a helpless child
with no identity. Like the heroine in The Chase, I had to write the story. Houston
Police Department, Texas
Please give us the first page of the book.
Kariss had fulfilled all her dreams but one by age thirty-five. Most women would bask in such a claim, but not Kariss. The one mountain yet to climb beckoned her to strap on hiking boots and make her approach. The peak held her in fascination, and failing meant losing everything she’d ever gained.
Her heels clicked along the marble flooring of the Marriott hotel’s lobby adjoining
Ten minutes early for her appointment with her literary agent and she could use
the time to make sure her responses to Meredith were gracious and resolute. A
mouthful for sure. Intercontinental Airport
Sinking into a plush chair, she took a deep breath and waited. With all of her prolific abilities, why couldn’t she respond with words that relayed her passion for this story? But now she had the opportunity to convince Meredith of her sincerity. A little encouragement went a long way when calling up the powers of inspiration and creativity.
Right on time, Meredith Rockford slipped into a chair across from Kariss, sipping on a cup of tea, no doubt Earl Gray. Dressed in a black traveler’s knit jacket and pants, the only color emitting from Meredith was her crimson lipstick.
“You could have texted me that you were early,” Meredith said.
Kariss smiled. “Just got here. Did you have a good night’s rest?”
Meredith lifted a brow while taking a sip of her tea. “My head is killing me. I had to fly from
New York to Houston. Arrived late and had to cancel our
dinner appointment, and you ask me if I slept well?” She set the cup on a table
in front of them. “The only thing that will give me a good night’s sleep is for
you to abandon this ludicrous idea of changing genres.”
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