DiAnn Mills Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

DiAnn MillsI’m honored to welcome best-selling, award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, to our chat circle. I know you’ll love getting to know a bit more about this outstanding author of contemporary, historical, middle-grade fantasy, and non-fiction works.

DiAnn Mills: Author and Mentor

I met DiAnn over a decade ago at an ACFW Conference. Later, she mentored me in a Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild’s Craftsman Class. DiAnn has held a special place in my heart since those early days. 

Take it away, DiAnn!

Writer’s Life – Eccentric, Bizarre, and Sometimes Weird

Years ago, a good friend introduced me as her eccentric, bizarre, and weird writing friend. I loved it! Writers are a bit quirky because those distinguishing traits come with a creative mind.

Wherever we go from the grocery to the hardware store, we see material for our writing. Not a second of time is wasted. In every breath we are churning what we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel into prose.

Our mode of written expression ranges from fiction, devotions, nonfiction, poetry, song lyrics, and everything in between. Our passion for a topic draws us to fashion words into meaningful expression.

         We love the twist of a phrase.

         Treasure the way a word rolls off our tongue.

         Add value to every piece of written material to insure it’s new and dynamic. 

         We find well-written projects a thrill.

         Long to create our own unique expressions.

         And simply love what we do.

We journey through life with a different perspective that translates words into—beauty, color, insight, emotion, adventure, compassion, encouragement, inspiration, and unforgettable experiences.

What does eccentric, bizarre, and weird mean to a writer?

Eccentric

Our behavior is unconventional and often viewed as strange by “normal” people. We’ll go to any length to research our writing projects and spend hours alone perfecting one sentence. But how can we continue on our projects when an area drives us crazy?

Bizarre

Our behavior can be viewed as odd, even humorous. Frankly, I prefer extraordinary. We can stand outside in the pouring rain to understand the way it affects our senses and to discover metaphors and similes that fit. We act out our scenes and play all the characters’ parts. You see, normal can be so boring.

Weird

This descriptor of writers thrills me. I consider it a compliment when someone refers to me as peculiar, mysterious, and at times odd. Normal means others don’t have anything to talk about.

Dear writer, don’t fret when family and friends giggle about us or whisper behind our backs. One day they can say, “I knew that writer when …”

What unusual trait do you possess?

All About DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills Fatal StrikeDiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. You see, DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story. So why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure?

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. In addition, she is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and the Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson. Through these venues she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online. She would love to connect with readers on Facebook, Twitter, or any of the social media platforms listed at diannmills.com.

Other Recent Books by DiAnn Mills

                          HIGH TREASON – Tyndale February 2018
 
                        BURDEN OF PROOF – Tyndale October 2018
 
                 LONG WALK HOME e-book – Tyndale June 2019

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Lord, You give your creation unique gifts and smile when they use them for You. DiAnn is doing so, and I know You smile. Please bless each word she writes to Your glory. ~ For Jesus’ sake

14 thoughts on “DiAnn Mills Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn

    I enjoyed this interview with DiAnn Mills. I rather read than go to s movie or even watch TV so others think I’m dull. If they only knew the amazing adventures I’ve been on via lovable characters.
    Blessings to you both.

     
     
    1. Me too, Marilyn. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
  2. Susanne

    Great interview! Love all of DiAnn’s books!

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne!

       
       
    2. Thanks, Susanne! I appreciate readers!

       
       
  3. Sarah Snider

    Hello! I find myself chuckling as I read your interview because I’ve always been the odd one. The one who had no interest in sports or parties and who just wanted to read, always carrying a book around (ok, ok, more than one!). And I haven’t changed!

     
     
    1. You and me both, Sarah! Reading was my favorite pastime even as a girl. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
    2. My favorite is “should you be on meds?” Thanks, Sarah.

       
       
  4. Jeannie Holderfield

    I just finished Burden of Proof, my first of your work. Loved it! It was a great read and totally held my attention. I wasn’t even tempted to skip ahead and see “who did it” lol

     
     
    1. I loved Burden of Proof too. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
    2. Oh, thank you, Jeannie. It was a fun story to write – and research.

       
       
  5. Alicia Haney

    Hi I enjoyed reading this interview and getting to know an awesome author even more. Your books sound like very good reads and they sound just like the kind of books I would Love to read. Thank you for sharing this interview. Have a Great rest of the week. God Bless you.

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining in the chat, Alicia. God bless you too.

       
       
    2. Thanks, Alicia, I write fiction because I’m driven to show a Christian worldview through at least one character. The idea of entertaining with wholesome stories is my passion.

       
       

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