Guest Author: DiAnn Mills

15 May


Welcome, DiAnn, to my blog. I love your husband’s challenge…looks like it lead to your writing career!

1. Your bio on your website reads, “I had always dreamed of becoming a writer, but I didn’t have the courage to take the first step.” First published in 1998, you now you have over 50 books published. What finally pushed you to take that first step?

My husband challenged me to write a novel. “Stop telling me you’re going to one day write a novel. Do it now. Quit your job, and if you get anything published in the next year, you don’t have to go back to your day job.” 🙂 I never went back to my day job.

2. Why did you decide to write for the inspirational market?

My faith and desire to offer hope to believers and unbelievers in a nonthreatening environment. We all have family, friends, and neighbors who will never step inside a church, attend a church function, or read a Bible. But we can hand those people a novel in which one or more of the characters solve their problems according to a Christian world view, and those people begin to see what following Christ is all about.

3. What is your writing process like?

First is a what-if that includes a character and a plot idea. From there I develop characters, the longest segment of the preparation to write process. I use psychology and counseling books along with personality testing. I spend lots of hours imagining how the characters would react/respond to various situations. Plotting comes next. I keep the word “antagonist” firmly planted in my mind to show the strong probability of the antagonist winning the goal. I plant twists and turns to show the complexity of life. And I do whatever it takes to research a topic appropriately.

4. Describe your perfect day.

Writing all day without emails to answer, laundry, phone calls, errands, and the words running like a waterfall. (I’m a dreamer too.)

5. What’s up next for you?

I’m working on the first book of a new FBI romantic suspense series. Nearly finished with the first draft.


DiAnn Mills is an award winning writer who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than fifty-five 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.

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 Thank you for stopping by, DiAnn. I enjoyed your interview.

Readers, check out one of DiAnn Mills’ latest books, The Survivor, out now.

Blurb for The Survivor:

Is it her next bestseller . . . Or her last words? In The Chase, award-winning author DiAnn Mills introduced you to the world of Kariss Walker, the bestselling suspense author with a nose for trouble. In The Survivor, Kariss gets the chance to tell her most powerful story yet. But will it revitalize her writing career? Or bring it to a violent end? 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 danger. Tigo misses Kariss and wants her back, but he understands why she broke off their relationship. 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 out who wants her dead for writing about an unsolved cold case?




2 Responses to “Guest Author: DiAnn Mills”

  1. Cheyenne Campbell May 15, 2013 at 2:13 am #

    What a fantastic challenge! That’s one I’d definitely love to hear 🙂 Congrats to DiAnn for all her success, and thanks for sharing her process. I like the idea of focusing on the word “antagonist” to keep in mind the importance of sticking to their goal (and what’s blocking them).

    • Alison Stone May 15, 2013 at 5:46 am #

      I love that her husband encouraged DiAnn, too. 🙂

      Glad to have you on my blog today.

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