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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

One-Year Blogoversary Celebration: Day Three - DiAnn Mills

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, DiAnn! Thank you for celebrating my one-year blogoversary with me!

Thank you for allowing me to be a guest on your blog. I look forward to getting to know your readers.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was in the second grade! My first book was written on a Big-Chief notebook, and it was a western. The desire to write stayed with me for years, but I didn't have the courage to take serious steps forward. I worked a little in learning the craft, but then I'd toss my efforts for fear someone might read them. When I was in my 40s, my husband challenged me to quit my job and write a book. I took him up on it, and my first book was released two years later.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I suppose it's the desire to dive into the psychological workings of my characters. I want to know what makes them tick, motivates them into action. I'm not content with simply answers; I want to know the good, bad, and the ugly. I'm disciplined, so once I start a new writing project, it's finished before the due date.

The Fire in Ember: A NovelWhat was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That it was hard work! I'd write, rewrite, and rewrite some more.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I've written 55 books, of which some are novellas. Do I have a favorite? That's like asking which one of my sons is my favorite. They all are! Each character's journey left an impression on my heart. I still think about them and hope they are happy and healthy and safe.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love to read, cook, and garden. And did I mention my three grandchildren? Oh my, that's when life is grand.
Breach of Trust (Call of Duty, #1)

Do you read books, if so, what is your favorite genre to read?

Suspense and romantic suspense. I love the thrill of a ticking clock. I also read nonfiction about my faith and writing how-to books.

Do you have a favorite time of year?

Autumn! Summer is over and we're gearing up for the holidays. I love green, orange, and gold. I am an autumn, so not only does my closet reflect those colors but also my home.

Is there a place you'd like to visit, but haven't yet?

Italy. I love the history, architecture, culture, and the land.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 

Yes! Jeremiah 20:9  But if I say, “I will not mention his word 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.

Are you currently working on any new novels?

I'm working on the second book of a romantic suspense series - Crime Scene: Houston. I'm writing this series based on solved cold cases from Houston's FBI. Very fun!

Where can we find you on the web? 

www.diannmills.com; www.facebook.com/diannmills


Book Giveaway!
Attracted to Fire
Thanks to DiAnn Mills for offering to give away a copy of 'Attracted to Fire'! You can read my review here.

For the blogoversary, there are NO mandatory entries! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Be sure to check back tomorrow for day four of the blogoversary celebration!

This giveaway is open to US and Canada only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I wrote a book in a spiral bound notebook in middle school, however the desire to write did not stay with me. I am glad it stayed with you DiAnn! I really enjoy your books and look forward to reading Attracted to Fire.

    1. I've tried writing too, but I can't seem to write more than a chapter - maybe someday... :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

  2. i almost picked up this novel in the library yesterday, but no, i need this on my bookshelf! Hopefully being patient pays off. You have a great blog and reviews are inspiring, Melanie. i wish you this best in the coming year

    1. Thanks, Marianne! I'm glad you like my blog - it means a lot to me that people would take the time to visit. :)

  3. oops you may delete my sole entry as I already have this book let someone else win it. thanks.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

    1. I deleted your entry. Hope you like Attracted to Fire! Thanks for visiting and commenting! :)

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    1. If you meant you can't enter because you don't have Facebook, you can log into Rafflecopter with just your name/email. It's right below the Facebook button. :)

  5. A great interview! I too have 3 grandchildren! They are lovely, and I love being a grandparent.
    Julie @ My Favorite Pastime

    1. So glad you liked the interview! Thanks for visiting and commenting! :)

  6. Hi DiAnn,
    I have read this book and it is really good, It kept me turning pages when I should have stopped. Thanks for sharing your talant with us.
    Paula O

    1. Glad you liked Attracted to Fire! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  7. Another great giveaway! Would love to read this!


  8. Thank you all for your great comments! I appreciate you. Now to find out who won a personalized copy of Attracted to Fire.

  9. I am really excited to read this book!
    It sounds super good!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    dymesich at juno dot com

  10. I would love to get this book!
    It sounds really good!
    dymesich at juno dot com

  11. Sounds like a great book, I've been wanting to read it for awhile.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  12. This sounds like a great book, and I've been looking forward to having the time to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


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    1. Hi Kasey,

      What is your email address? On Rafflecopter it's some kind of Facebook App.

  14. 55 Books! That is wonderful! DiAnn is really so very inspiring. :) Thank you for the great interview and giveaway!


  15. My GFC user name is kalea_kane my entry is under Kelly Blackwell. :)


  16. thank you for the chance!

  17. Happy 1 year Melanie! Here is to another great year. Thanks for the great giveaway, this book is on my TBR list.

  18. DiAnn has writen some of my favorite romantic suspense books and I am excited about Attracted to Fire. Add me please!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  19. This book sounds great, thanks

    Anastacia Russell

  20. I'm not much of a romance reader, but I have enjoyed Vicki Hinze's romantic suspense in the past, so I'd like to give this a try!

  21. I think I've read one of your books before, and I would love a chance to read this one. Please enter me in the giveaway. Like your life verse selection, too.

    godleyv @ yahoo [dot] com

  22. Love the title. Sounds like an author I'd like to read.


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