Author Interview with DiAnn Mills

I’m thrilled for the opportunity to interview DiAnn Mills for the ACFW’s Featured Author. Check out her newest book High Treason, if you enjoy suspense.

She’s a new-to-me author, but now I have a few books of hers in my TBR pile. Thank you, DiAnn, for sharing a little about your life and your book.

About the Author

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

She is a founding board member of ACFW, and 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.

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About the Book

When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised―and none too happy―when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.

Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit―plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country. Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince―or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?

Interview

Where did the concept for High Treason originate?

The idea came from a solved cold case in New York City. The FBI uncovered an assassination attempt on a Saudi Arabian Ambassador. From that loosely connected case, I created a story set in Houston. A Saudi Arabian Royal Prince escorts his mother for cancer treatment at MD Anderson. An assassination attempt on the prince puts the FBI and CIA on alert.

Do you have a favorite character in High Treason?

I’d have to say CIA Operative Monica Alden. She understood the Saudi Arabian culture, specifically a woman’s role, and respectfully did her job. She kept the prince and his sisters safe while seeking out who was behind the assassin attempt. As a result, she helped solve a crime, made friends, and found love in Special Agent Kord Davidson.

What do you hope is the biggest takeaway for readers?

I want readers to understand respect works both ways in relationships with other cultures. Too many times we look at those who are different than us with disdain instead of kindness.

What advice would you give a new author who is interested in writing romantic suspense?

Read, read, read romantic suspense.

Invest in workshops and conferences that teach good writing as well as social media techniques.

Write every day.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

Pantster! Organic writing that’s rooted in character.

What time of day do you normally write?

Early morning. That’s when I’m the freshest and most alert.

Are you a morning bird or a night owl?

Morning bird! I want to see the sun rise.

What is one of your favorite Bible verses?

Jeremiah 20:9 NIV

If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,”
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.

What do you love most about living in Texas?

The different types of terrain – from mountains to desert to Gulf coastal. Everything we need to explore and have a great time. Houston is the 4th largest city in the country and the most diverse. I love the diverse part – a slice of what heaven will be like.

What do you like least?

I live in Houston, so possibly the hurricanes.

If you knew someone was planning to visit Houston, what one place would you recommend they see?

I’d say the George Ranch https://www.georgeranch.org/; the Houston Museum of Natural Science http://www.hmns.org/ and the Galleria https://www.visithoustontexas.com/listings/the-galleria/19488/

Any parting thoughts?

I am very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the following social media platforms or others listed at diannmills.com.

facebook.com/diannmills

twitter.com/diannmills

I am especially interested in learning what readers would like to see in a DiAnn Mills’ romantic suspense.

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