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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Merrillee Whren Let’s Chat!

Welcome, Everyone!

Merillee Whren_https://www.amazon.com/Merrillee-Whren/e/B001HPI34M?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_fkmr1_1&qid=1557163230&sr=8-1-fkmr1 Merrillee Whren joins us this week. I’m super excited to introduce you.  Merrillee writes inspirational romances and won the 2003 RWA Golden Heart© Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award. She wrote for several years for Love Inspired and now is an established and successful independent novelist.

Merrillee is offering an ebook of her latest, A Place to Call Home, to someone who joins our conversation here on the blog.

Now . . . Here’s Merillee . . . 

P.S. The winner of Merrillee’s drawing is Trudy Cordle!

Merrillee Whren Before Authorship

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ve been an author from the time I learned to read and write. I’ve always loved to tell stories but not necessarily for publication. I grew up in South Dakota, Montana, and Washington State. I graduated from Dakota Bible College and Milligan College.

My husband and met and married in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I was an elementary school teacher. 40 years later we enjoy two grown daughters and two granddaughters.

Merrillee Whren’s Writing Journey

Merrillee Whren_https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Homecoming-Love-Inspired-314/dp/0373873247/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=The+Heart%27s+Homecoming+Whren&qid=1557162231&s=gateway&sr=8-5-spellWhen I first started to write with publication in mind, I often thought I wanted to write children’s books, but my heart was in romance. I love a good love story with a happy ending.

I wrote and submitted manuscripts for twenty years before I made my first sale to Steeple Hill Books, which is now known as Harlequin Love Inspired. The Heart’s Homecoming was released in August of 2005. I wrote 13 more books for Love Inspired before I started my indie publishing journey.

Merrillee Whren: What’s Up With You Now?

As I mentioned in the last question, I wrote 14 books for Love Inspired and have received the rights back to 10 of those books. I am republishing them with updates and new covers.

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y Kellerville series, published by Love Inspired, has been reissued as the Kellersburg series. That was my original name for the fictional town, but it was changed because of an editorial snafu. The books in the series are Hometown Promise, Hometown Proposal, and Hometown Dad.

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m in the process of reissuing the Dalton Brothers series. Wade’s story is Four Little Blessings. Matt’s story is Country Blessings. Peter’s story is Homecoming Blessings, which is now up for preorder for 99 cents. Before starting my republishing, I wrote 5 books in my Front Porch Promises series. I intend to publish one more book in that series.

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How to Find Merrillee Whren

You can find my books and purchase links on my website on my books page.https://www.merrilleewhren.com/category/books/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MerrilleeWhren.Author/

Twitter: @MerrilleeWhren 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/merrilleewhren/ 

A Merrillee Whren Giveaway

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will give away an ebook copy of the first book in my Front Porch Promises series, A Place to Call Home. 

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Lord, Your paths for us sometimes take curves, switchbacks, and u-turns. Sometimes we reach dead-ends. How glorious to know we can trust You to get us through mazes and back on the road You’ve laid out for us. Authors often find an apparent end to be an unexpected beginning. We pray You’ll bless Merrillee in her independent publishing endeavors. Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

31 thoughts on “Merrillee Whren Let’s Chat!

  1. Mary Treadwell

    Are all your books self published or small press published? If so, what do you feel has been your biggest challenge? I love indie authors! Some of my best friends are indies.

     
     
  2. Trudy

    The book looks really good! All of them sound great! I just found another new-to-me author!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Trudy! Thanks for joining us. You’ve encouraged Merrillee and me both 🙂

       
       
  3. Faith Creech

    Thanks for the chat! Looks like a good book!

     
     
    1. Thanks, Faith. You’re welcome.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Faith! Great to see you in the circle!

       
       
  4. Gina Johnson

    Your writing touches my heart. I have been very happy with your books I have had the pleasure of reading. I already have A Place to Call Home.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Gina. Thanks for joining the chat. I know your comments encourage Merrillee.

       
       
      1. Thanks, Gina. I appreciate your kind words.

         
         
  5. Rose Blackard

    Great interview. Hope I get to read one of your books soon!

     
     
    1. Hi, Rose. Welcome to this week’s circle. You encourage us!

       
       
      1. Hi Rose,
        Thanks for stopping by. You can grab HOMECOMING BLESSINGS for just 99 cents.

         
         
  6. Joy Gibson

    Loved the chat!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Joy. It’s great to have you join us.

       
       
    2. Joy, thanks for stopping by. I glad you enjoyed what I had to say.

       
       
  7. Linda, thanks so much for hosting me.

     
     
    1. It’s my pleasure! I’m glad to highlight you and your work.

       
       
  8. Alicia

    Very nice interview, I enjoyed it and your books sound awesome, and the covers are super nice! Thank you for sharing this. God Bless you.

     
     
    1. You’re welcome, Alicia.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Alicia. Great to see you in the circle. You’re encouraged us by participating.

       
       
  9. Of all your characters is there one that has a special place in your heart? If so, why?

     
     
    1. Mary,
      It’s hard to say because it’s like saying you like one of your children better than the others. But if I have to choose, I would say Kelsey from A Baby to Call Ours. It’s a recent book, and maybe that’s why that character is fresh on my mind. When the story opens, she is very troubled. She has to work through a lot in the story. I recently learned that this book is a finalist in the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice Award. I hope you’ll check it out.

       
       
      1. Mary Treadwell

        Congratulations! I will check it out. Sometimes a character has a way of speaking in ways you never imagined. Best wishes on your nomination.

         
         
        1. Thanks, Mary.

           
           
    2. Hi, Mary. Welcome to the chat. Great question for Merrillee.

       
       
      1. Mary treadwell

        Thanks!

         
         
      2. Mary treadwell

        Thanks! I love to know tidbits.

         
         
        1. Welcome, Mary! Love having you in our circle.

           
           
  10. Great chat, Linda! Merrillee, it’s so nice to meet you. Your books sound amazing. 😊

     
     
    1. Hi Gail,
      I hope you’ll look for my books. My book, HOMECOMING BLESSINGS, is up for preorder at the bargain price of 99 cents.

       
       
    2. Hi, Gail. Great to have you in our circle!

       
       

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