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DiAnn Mills | Brainstorming Your Novel
July 9, 2014
Every novelist reaches a plateau in which the perfect story idea isnít coming
together. The plot germ is there, but the theme, setting, characters Read More...
DiAnn Mills | FBI Houston Citizens Academy
March 5, 2013
When I received the invitation from the FBI Houston Community Outreach
Coordinator to participate in their Citizens Academy, all I could think
about was Read More...
DiAnn Mills | Castle Meets Cold Case
March 28, 2012
I'm an avid fan of TV's Read More...
DiAnn Mills | JalapeŮos, Scorpions, and Snakes
October 18, 2011
What do jalapeŮos, horses, scorpions, snakes, and a man and woman under a
star-studded sky all have in common? Texas. West Texas. The Read More...
DiAnn Mills | Happily Ever After
June 18, 2011
I canít fathom writing a novel without weaving suspense and romance into the
plot. The idea of two people falling in love while sharing Read More...
DiAnn Mills | Historical Romance vs the Princess Stories
January 10, 2011
I have a theory about historical romance. Think about my conclusions to see if
you agree. When we were little girls, we loved pretending we Read More...
DIANN MILLS | Expect an Adventure
October 18, 2010
Writing is a tough profession. The competition in todayís publishing world makes
the strongest writers think twice about their commitment to excellence. But
those Read More...
DiAnn Mills | Strong Women, Unlikely Roles
June 25, 2010
Women who accept nontraditional roles and succeed with dynamic outcomes are the
heroines in my novels. These are Glock-totinĎ gals with southern charm who Read More...
The story idea for Firewall, the first book in the FBI: Houston series, is a July 2014 release.
The story sprang from an idea Iíd entertained since 2007. What if a young couple waited at a
Houston airport for their honeymoon flight and were separated? A bomb explodes. The woman
is knocked unconscious. When she wakens, she learns from an FBI agent sheís a person of
interest. With those parameters, who was this couple? What are their backgrounds? Is she
innocent or guilty? I rooted the story in suspense with a firm grip on reality and a thread of
romance that widens as the story continues. Taryn Young is my heroine, and Special Agent
Grayson Hall is assigned to learn the truth about her and the bombing.
A few years ago I forged a relationship with Houstonís FBI. After several discussions, they
agreed to answer my questions about protocol. One tidbit is special agents drive only American
made vehicles. In 2012 I was invited to attend a seven-week series of workshops as a part of
the FBIís Citizens Cadet Academy. Thrilled doesnít begin to describe my enthusiasm. Every
week, I sat wide-eyed as special agents shared their experiences and expertise. I learned so
much . . . and thereís so much more to learn.
Iíve learned the special agents working in my cityóHouston, are involved in many different
crimes. You can discover more on their website: www.fbi.gov. Crime categories are listed
Violent Crimes & Major Thefts
I saw many options for my charactersí special skills, but choosing a special agentís career
didnít mean I understood his/her background, personality, skills, strengths, challenges, or
what motivated the character into action. Interviewing special agents helps me to develop my
characters. My job as a writer is to keep adding to my arsenal of skills and create the best
romantic suspense possible.
The FBIís national security mission is to lead and coordinate intelligence efforts that
drive actions to protect the United States. The Bureauís primary work rests within the
boundaries of our country. I so respect the brave men and women who keep us safe. I hope you
see my admiration in every book of the FBI: Houston series.
Be safe and keep your eyes open!
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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author 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 Writerís Carol Awards and
Inspirational Readerís Choice awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and
DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers and a
member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America, Faith, Hope
& Love, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller
Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around
the country. DiAnn is also a Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian
Writers Guild and is the 2014 president of RWAís Faith, Hope, & Love chapter.
She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
Books:Firewall, July 2014
Footsteps, September 2013
The Lighthouse Brides Collection, September 2013
The Farmer's Bride Collection, August 2013
The Dance Of Character And Plot, June 2013
A Texas Brides Collection, May 2013
The Survivor, March 2013
The Chase, April 2012
Crime Scene: Houston
Attracted to Fire, October 2011
Under a Desert Sky, June 2011
The Fire In Ember, January 2011
Pursuit of Justice, October 2010
Call of Duty #3
A Woman Called Sage, May 2010
Sworn To Protect, April 2010
Call Of Duty #2
Breach Of Trust, March 2009
Call Of Duty #1
Texas Legacy Omnibus, August 2008
Awaken My Heart, February 2008
When the Nile Runs Red, September 2007
Mackinac Island, April 2006