Q&A: DiAnn Mills
Special Agent Meghan Connors’ dream of one day protecting the president of the United States is about to come true. Only one assignment stands in her way. After the vice president’s rebellious daughter is threatened, Meghan is assigned to her protective detail on a secluded ranch in West Texas. Unfortunately, working with Special Agent in Charge Ash Zinders may be as tough as controlling her charge. Ash has a reputation for being critical and exacting, and he’s also after the same promotion as Meghan. But when the threats escalate and security on the ranch is breached, it becomes clear this isn’t the work of a single suspect—it’s part of a sophisticated plan that reaches deeper and higher than anyone imagined. And only Ash and Meghan can put the pieces together before it’s too late.
WHAT LED YOU TO WRITE ATTRACTED TO FIRE?
I like to read and write about strong women who are willing to risk their lives to keep others safe. These women are feminine and yet courageous. I'd researched women secret service agents and discovered the sometimes prejudiced attitude of male agents until the women proved themselves worthy of respect.
STARTING OUT, WHO WERE THE AUTHORS WHO INSPIRED YOU? WHO INSPIRES YOU NOW?
In the beginning: Tracie Peterson, Gilbert Morris, Robin Lee Hatcher, Stephanie Grace Whitson, Lauraine Snelling, and Judith Pella. I still admire and respect these authors, but I now add Terri Blackstock, Lee Stroble, Jerry Jenkins, Harlan Coben, Catherine Coulter, Dean Koontz, Debbie Macomber, and James Scott Bell.
HOW DOES YOUR FAITH INFLUENCE YOUR WRITING?
My faith fuels my writing. For the Christian character, I weave personality traits with an understanding that the character will act, respond, and solve problems according to a Christian worldview. For the character who will become Christian, I weave happenings that will influence a decision. For the antagonist or villain, I show how the character reacts and responds according to a worldview that is self-centered.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN THAT YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?
Since I was in the second grade. Story is life.
WHAT DO YOU MOST HOME THAT READERS GET FROM READING YOUR WORK?
I want my readers to see a glimpse of Jesus working in the life or lives of those who trust Him. Today's world is chaotic, fearful, and far from peaceful. My readers read to escape these pressures, and I want them to see Christianity as a positive force that can give them peace. We all have family, friends, and neighbors who will never attend church or a small group. They probably avoid us for fear we'll speak of God. But we can hand them a novel in which one or more characters solve their problems according to a Christian worldview, and they begin to understand. In essence, Christian novelists are farmers: they plant seeds for eternity.