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DiAnn MillsAward-winning author DiAnn Mills launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has fifty books in print and has sold over 1.5 million copies. DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.”Six of her titles have appeared on the CBA Bestseller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards 2003 – 2008, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005 and 2007. She was a Christy Awards finalist in 2008 and a Christy Winner in 2010. DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope and Love, 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 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer’s Guild.  She and her husband live in Houston, Texas. They have four adult sons and grandchildren. 

Favorite Verse - Jeremiah 20:9 But I say,'I will not mention him or speak anymore in his name, his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed I cannot.


 

 Our Interview with DiAnn Mills


 

First of all, Congratulations on your 2011 Christy Award nomination for Sworn to Protect!  It’s a well-deserved nomination. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sworn to Protect!

Thanks so much!

What inspired the concept for Under a Desert Sky?

I was a faculty member for Writing at the Ranch Conference at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico in 2009. I’d never experienced such solitude in timeless splendor. I fell in love with the high desert, and my fiction mind began to spin. What if a young woman was forced to live in the high desert to save her life? How would she adjust? What skills would she need to learn? And what kind of unlikely hero would capture her heart?

Is Ghost Ranch, New Mexico an actual location? If so, is it near a Navajo Indian reservation?

Take a look at this website, and you’ll see subject of Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous paintings -  http://www.ghostranch.org/ But the Indian Reservation is fiction. :)

Do you have a favorite character in Under a Desert Sky? Why?

That’s a tough question!

I admired Eva’s courageous resolve to survive at Ghost Ranch and the sacrifices she made to keep loved ones safe from a killer.

Tahoma stepped into a challenging role as Eva’s protector and as a medical doctor to his own people who rejected him.

How likely is it for an inter-racial relationship between Caucasian and Indian?

Much more in contemporary times than in the past. Prejudices exist on both sides, and the fate of the children is always a consideration. I believe Eva and Tahoma would have given the best of both worlds to themselves and their children. I believe God doesn’t know skin color, only the light and dark of men’s souls.

 

How much research did Under a Desert Sky take?
 
My visit there provided the sensory perception experiences that allowed me to walk in Eva’s shoes. I also read books about the area’s rich history and interviewed the local historian.

What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Under a Desert Sky?

Georgia O’Keeffe’s love of the area which inspired her paintings and her eventual home.

Ghost Ranch received its name honestly! Lots of wild things happened there. The ranch hosted both the rich and famous, and the villains.

It’s also the site of the movie City Slickers.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

My personal level of professionalism. Each book has to go deeper in characterization and motivation, and the plot must spin the unexpected. I love suspense, whether the book is a historical or a contemporary.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

The writing process. It’s addictive.

What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?

I’m not sure I’m answering this properly.  :)
I’m the Craftsman Mentor for Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.
A founding member of American Christian Fiction Writers - ACFW.
A member of Romance Writers of America - RWA,  and the Faith, Hope, and Love - FHL - portion of this organization.


What were your favorite books as a child?

Lots of them!
Little Women
Nancy Drew Series
Hardy Boys Series
Cherry Ames Nurse Books

 

What do you do to keep your writing fresh and improve on it each time you write a book?

Be a reading writer and continually challenge my writing.

Are there any other new projects on the horizon?

Attracted to Fire, a romantic suspense, is an October release.
I’m working on a romantic suspense series entitled Crime Scene: Houston. The first book, The Chase, is an April 2012 release.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading Under a Desert Sky?

A person’s worth is not in the color of his skin but in his heart.

Amen to that!

What is your greatest achievement?

The fact God allowed me to be published!

What do you do to get away from it all?

Play with grandchildren, garden, cook.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I appreciate readers. Without them to inspire and encourage, I have no reason to write about characters who have a Christian worldview.
 
Join me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/diannmills.
My website is www.diannmills.com
I love to hear from readers.

 

 


 
Fire in Ember
Fire in Ember
DiAnn Mills
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Attracted to Fire
Attracted to Fire
DiAnn Mills
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Attracted to Fire - eBook

Attracted to Fire - eBook
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A Woman Called Sage - eBook

A Woman Called Sage - eBook
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Pursuit of Justice, Call of Duty Series #3
Pursuit of Justice, Call of Duty Series #3
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Sworn to Protect - eBook

Sworn to Protect - eBook
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The Fire in Ember: A Novel - eBook

The Fire in Ember: A Novel - eBook
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Sworn to Protect, Call of Duty Series #2
Sworn to Protect, Call of Duty Series #2
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A Woman Called Sage
A Woman Called Sage
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Breach of Trust, Call of Duty Series #1
Breach of Trust, Call of Duty Series #1
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Awaken My Heart
Awaken My Heart
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