Bio: 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.
Welcome back, DiAnn. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother (Mimi). I’ve lived in
Houston for 33 years and
love everything about my city and state. I’ve been writing and published since
1996. Love what I do! I also love teaching and mentoring serious writers.
How did you become interested in writing?
I was always interested in writing, but I didn’t have the confidence. It took my husband challenging me to write a book for me to get started. He suggested I quit my job to see if I could get anything published. That was the incentive for me to fulfill my dreams.
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
I’ve made great friends at FBI Houston. They are supportive, and I consider myself very fortunate. One of the special agents suggested I write from solved cold cases. We searched through their files until I found the case for The Chase and The Survivor. In The Survivor, I was captivated by the courage of a young woman who had overcome a tragedy. I knew she had to be in my story! Although I massaged the real case, much of the character’s backstory is authentic. The real woman’s courage inspired me to show her bravery throughout the book.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
With God, any adversity can be overcome.
I also deal with forgiveness: ourselves and others.
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
I want my readers to close the book and be encouraged and inspired to attempt what appears beyond their reach. I believe in prayer mixed with goals, God goals, and I want my readers to feel the same exhilaration in their spirits.
What makes your book different from any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
The characters! The Survivor is like “Castle” meets “Cold Case.” I have a gutsy heroine who is a suspense writer, and an FBI special agent, who is an Indiana Jones type of hero. The two find themselves in the midst of danger with impossible odds. Both are strong and stubborn people. It’s a good thing they love each other!
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
I want to write books that mirror real life. We live in an imperfect world, and I want to show how people are touched by those who solve their problems and make decisions from a Christian worldview. Our purpose is to reach out to people, and I find this best through the written word.
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
I love to read, cook, garden, and play with the grandbabies.
Reading is a
passion, not only my own genre, but nonfiction, and how-to books about the
craft. Cooking and gardening help me work through plot points and
characterization. Grandbabies are just fun.
As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
I invite readers to join me on Facebook. We have a fabulous time discussing everything and enjoying the community there. I love to hear from readers!
Tell us about the book.
Kariss meets Dr. Amy Garrett, who survived a brutal childhood attack in which the assailant was never found. Now Dr. Garrett wants her story written in a novel. Kariss wishes she could seek the advice of Special Agent Tigo Harris, but she broke off the relationship a few months prior and seeing him again would be too painful. She interviews Amy and conducts her own research, stepping unaware into a viper's pit of danger. Tigo misses Kariss and wants her back, but he understands why she broke off their relationship. Pride plays a big role in his reluctance to make things right between them. Instead, he concentrates on solving a car bombing and bringing the killer to justice. As Kariss's new story attracts an onslaught of danger that she never expected, can Tigo save the woman he loves and find who wants her dead for writing about an unsolved cold-case?
Where can my readers find you on the Internet?twitter.com/diannmills
Thank you, DiAnn. I always love to have you drop by my blog.
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The Survivor (Crime Scene: Houston) - paperback
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