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.)
2. What motivates you?
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!