Sunday, March 18, 2012


DiAnn, thank you so much for being my guest on Everything Writerly. For those who don't know DiAnn, here's a brief 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. 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, 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.

DiAnn, please tell us about your book. 
      The Chase is my newest release, first book in the Crime Scene: Houston series. This series is based on solved cold cases from Houston’s FBI. It’s currently an e-reader download for $2.99 - limited time. E-copy releases March 20th. Hard copy releases March 27th.     
   Here's a blurb:
       To the FBI it's a cold case. To Kariss Walker it's a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career. And it's a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget. Five years ago, an unidentified little girl was found starved to death in the woods behind a Houston apartment complex. A TV news anchor at the time, Kariss reported on the terrifying case. Today, as a New York Times bestselling author, Kariss intends to turn the unsolved mystery into a suspense novel. Enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, Kariss succeeds in getting the case reopened. But the search for the dead girl's missing mother yields a discovery that plunges the partners into a witch's brew of danger.

  And now the interview with DiAnn:
   1.    What genre do you write in? (Historical, contemporary, romance, etc.) 
Romantic suspense   

2.    What motivates you? 
To show real, courageous women in unlikely roles 

3.     How does your faith affect your daily life? 
      Every breath I take. My writing is a ministry. I’m  also the Craftsman mentor for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.     
            4.     How much spirituality do you weave into your story? 
      My goal is to show one character solving his/her problem from a Christian worldview. For me, it’s not about scripture or prayer but showing the reader how a Christian reacts and responds to the world around him/her.          

            5.     What is your general purpose as an author? 
       To entertain, to inspire, and to encourage the reader to be a better person. For the unbeliever, to show a real Christian and move them to seek God.  

    6.   What is your greatest challenge in your writing? 
        Making sure my characters use all the technology out there. Sometimes if I need technology to do something, I write it anyway, know that by the time the book is released, it was be accurate.    

    7.    What message do you hope to convey to readers, either in this latest book or in all your books? 
      Good guys win and bad guys lose.   

    8.    Do you believe there is evil in the world and, if you do, how do you portray it in your novels (or do you portray evil in your novels? 
      Evil is thriving in today’s world. And I definitely portray evil and do it realistically.      
    9.    As an author, what are your goals for the future?
      To be right in the middle of God’s will. It’s His call, not mine.    

    10.   Did you ever have a memorable book-signing? (Sad, humorous, or awesome?) If so, please share it. 
       My one and only nonfiction book about the Lost Boys of Sudan. 1017 books sold. Every penny went to a nonprofit organization to help the Sudanese.
    11.   How do you deal with rejection letters or an irate reader? 
      Grace - but it’s hard. :)   

    12.   What’s next for you as an author? Any books in the hopper?     
       Just finished The Survivor, the second book in the Crime Scene: Houston series. Writing the third book. Got lots of ideas. :)

   Sounds interesting, DiAnn, and I know we can "expect an adventure" from all your books! :) 
  Thank you so much for being my guest on Everything Writerly. I wish you God's best on all you do!

To my readers: Please leave a comment and you will be entered into a drawing held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 to win a FREE BOOK from DiAnn. 

Thanks for stopping by!



Patti Shene, Executive Editor, Starsongs Magazine said...

I loved DiAnn's book about the Sudan. It's been a while since I've read this wonderful author. I'd be thrilled if I won this book!


Michelle Sutton said...

I like Diann's historical novels, but I did enjoy Footsteps. I just wanted to comment. This book looks great but I am super behind on my reading because I'm a top Amazon reviewer (and number one reviewer on CBD so everyone sends me books, like almost daily!)

Debby Lee said...

I enjoyed reading DiAnn's historical books, especially the Texas Trilogy from Barbour Publishing. Keep writing books DiAnn, they are a blessing to this world. Thanks Andrea for hosting DiAnn, I love the scripture at the top of your website. :)

Joanne Sher said...

I just finished "Attracted to Fire," my first DiAnn Mills book, and I could hardly put it down. Would LOVE another book by her. Thanks so much for the giveaway and interview!

Jo Huddleston said...

I love reading DiAnn's books. They keep me turning the pages. DiAnn, great interview. Andrea, thanks for having the drawing.

by Pegg Thomas said...

Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

DiAnn Mills said...

Thank you - all - for reading my books and making such wonderful comments. And thanks to my long time friend, Andrea, for the interview.

Barb of the Tangles said...

I've already pre-ordered DiAnn's newest book. But if I won a hard back copy, I would share it with a friend to convince them what an awesome writer she is.

Barbara Moses said...

Thanks for your interview with Diann, and for the opportunity to win her new book!

Andrea Cox said...

Thanks for interviewing DiAnn and giving me an opportunity to learn more about her.

DiAnn, thank you for writing romantic suspense novels. I've always liked the whodunit types, but it's so hard to find decent ones. Until I discovered WHEN THE NILE RUNS RED. I love that book and have recently purchased ATTRACTED TO FIRE. I'm looking forward to reading more of your novels. Thanks for sharing God's love through the ministry He's called you to. As a Christian woman, it's great to have wholesome books to read.


Andrea Cox
andrearenee2004 at yahoo dot com

Ann Cooper McCauley said...

I'd love to win a copy of DiAnn's book. Sounds fascinating. Nice interview, too, Andrea.


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your interview. Please pick me to win one of DiAnn's books! :)

Sharon said...

Thanks for the great interview. I have not read any of DiAnn's books, but they have been on my list to check out. Would love to win a copy of "The Chase"

squiresj said...

Whow I barely found this blog in time to get in on this. DiAnn I would love to win this book so I could review it. Imagine you wrote this blog on my 62nd birthday. You and I are friends on fb. I know God's annointing is on all your works.
Andrea it has been some time since I've read a book of yours. I am not sure if I have one in my tbr file or not. But I love your work too.
God Bless you both.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

pol said...

I have read DiAnn's books before and know I would love to read this one too, thanks for sharing the interview and this book.
Paula O(

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

TODAY'S WINNER OF "THE CHASE" IS....lucky #13. Congrats to Sharon!

Thank you all for entering this drawing. I'll have a new interview up on Friday. :)