Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CRIME SCENE: HOUSTON and DiAnn Mills

THE CHASE
Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0310333173

To the FBI it's a cold case. To Kariss Walker it's a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career. And it's a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget.

Five years ago, an unidentified little girl was found starved to death in the woods behind a Houston apartment complex. A TV news anchor at the time, Kariss reported on the terrifying case. Today, as a New York Times bestselling author, Kariss intends to turn the unsolved mystery into a suspense novel. Enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, Kariss succeeds in getting the case reopened. But the search for the dead girl's missing mother yields a discovery that plunges the partners into a witch's brew of danger.

THE TRAILER

THE EXCERPT

THE AUTHOR
Award-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn’s first book was published in 1998. She currently has more than fifty books published. 

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011. 

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America, 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 the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. 

She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

THE Q&A
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
DIANN: Often! If I like the story, the world stops. I’m a tough reader to get hooked. The truth is if I’m not drawn into the story in the first or second line, then I’m on to the next one.

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
DIANN: Little Women - over and over again. I knew I wanted to be a novelist like Jo. In fact, I adopted boys just like she did. 

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
DIANN: A man who’d been one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He is now the Bishop for the Episcopal Church of Aweil in the Northern Bahr al-Ghazal state of Southern Sudan. He’s making a difference and risking his life. We wrote a book together, and he calls me Mom. 

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
DIANN: Beauty and the Beast. Belle saw the real man inside the beast. She fell in love with his heart, not his looks. I love the scene where they are dancing and she realizes her feelings for him. 

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
DIANN: I read on the treadmill or elliptical every morning. Helps pass the time while I’m keeping in shape. :) 

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
DIANN: Action adventure with a spunky heroine who isn’t afraid to step into a man’s role! 

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
DIANN: A western. I was in the 2nd grade. Lots of gunfire and fast horses. 

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
DIANN: Sweeney Todd

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
DIANN: Impatience. There I said it.  

ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
DIANN: Intimidating, but I’m working on my confidence. If they get too out of hand, I bump ‘em off.  

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: Hi DiAnn. The writer in me wants to know how you introduced yourself to the FBI for information regarding the cold case THE CHASE is based on. And I’m certain our readers would love to know some of the details you’ve come across or how many you were able to use in the book. Could you share?
DIANN’S GOTTA ANSWER: Initially, I phoned Houston’s FBI, introduced myself, and asked for the PR person. My initial goal was to interview the PR person for FBI protocol. Media Coordinator Shauna and I instantly became friends. She’d been recruited as a news anchor into the FBI, had been an agent, and is now in her current role. I wrote the book and she read every word so procedure and language would be correct. When Shauna finished, she wanted to know what was next! I asked what she had in mind. She suggested writing a series from solved cold cases. She got the clearance, and the Crime Scene: Houston series was born. The solved cold case used in The Chase captured my attention and passion. No matter what cases I looked at, my attention went back to the child found starved to death with no identity. I remembered the case - and with adopted children of my own - I had no choice but to write it. Shauna was fabulous, furnishing me with DVDs of press conferences and the victim board. The latter was a bit graphic, but I wanted my hero and heroine to feel the same anguish. That meant I had to experience tough emotions.

Shauna helped me with the second book in the series too. :) 

THE WHEREABOUTS
Contact      Website    Facebook   @diannmills   Goodreads   

THE NEXT RELEASE: The Survivor

THE PAST RELEASES
Check out DiAnn's fantastic website for a list of previous releases.

THE DRAWING
DiANN will be drawing for a copy of The Chase and will mail internationally.
Note: Number of entrants varies. Winners of drawings are responsible for checking this site in a timely manner. If prizes are not claimed in a timely manner, the author may not have a prize available. Get Lost In A Story cannot be responsible for an author's failure to mail the listed prize. GLIAS does not automatically pass email addresses to guest authors unless the commenter publicly posts their email address.

DON’T FORGET to FOLLOW us on Twitter (#GetLostStories) or LIKE us on Facebook to keep up with all our guest authors and their prizes. Join me tomorrow when I host Alyssa Everett. And come back Thursday when Jill hosts Tracey Devlin. A special Income Tax weekend with that great CPA Tax Investigator, Tara Holloway (Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure & Death, Taxes, and A Skinny No-Whip Latte by Diane Kelly)  ~Angi

DIANN’S GOT A QUESTION FOR EVERYONE!
If you could step into any career, what would it be and why?

7 comments:

  1. I'd like Samantha Brown's job on The Travel Channel, so that I can travel around the world and see interesting places.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. Welcome, DiAnn! Your adventure with the FBI sounds fascinating! I like bn100's answer to the question! My other option would be to be a singer because I'd still get to travel and I love to sing.

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  3. Hi DiAnn,

    I was hoping I was your winner on the Fresh Fiction blog - So happy to see your here. If I could change to any career, I would love to be a librarian. I love books!

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  4. I would love to own a bookstore/pub. People could come in, grab a drink and browse.

    Joanne B
    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  5. HI DiANN !! So glad you're here with us today at GLIAS.

    I wouldn't have another job...other than writing...
    My husband can verify that when the voices don't get their stories on paper, they bug me until they get their way. (speaking of which... :-)

    ~Angi

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  6. I'd like to step into medical research to help find cures diseases.

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS CHEY !

    You've won a copy of DiAnn Mills' THE CHASE. Please send your address to GetLostInAStory@gmail.com and I'll get you in touch with DiAnn !

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by and your continued support of GLIAS!

    ~Angi

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