DiAnn Mills has always wanted to write. She wrote her first book when she was in the second grade on an Eagle notepad with a #2 pencil. But was writing a calling or was it just something she enjoyed doing? Is there a difference?
When asked how she knew writing was a calling, DiAnn shared her own, very personal, very real experience.
“In church one Sunday, I was standing in choir staring at the back of the pastor’s head when I heard someone say, ‘I want you to write.’ It was so real that I thought it was someone behind me speaking. When I heard it a second time, I asked, “Write about what?’ The voice responded, ‘Write about Me.” I knew then that I was hearing from God. I tried to offer up a few excuses saying that there were many far more qualified, but God spoke once again. ‘I didn’t ask them, I asked you.’ This conversation with the Almighty will always stay with me. I didn’t know what to do, so for the next two years, I did nothing.”
Knowing what you want to do and doing it can be two totally different things. Knowing what God wants you to do and doing it is an entirely different matter. When asked why she didn’t obey God’s call immediately, DiAnn said, “I just didn’t have the guts.”
It was 1996 before DiAnn found the courage she needed in the form of a challenge. Recognizing his wife’s longing to write, Dean Mills threw down the gauntlet, and dared DiAnn to “do it.” He challenged her to take one year away from her job to write AND get something published.
How could she do that, this very disciplined, very structured woman that had been the director of a preschool for ten years. Just give up everything and stay home and write.
After years of successfully writing historical romance, DiAnn’s writing career made a gradual shift to the suspense market. For a time DiAnn was writing both romance and suspense, but by the time she wrote her last novel for HeartSong, she had lost her passion, not for writing but for the romance market.
“We live in a dangerous and unpredictable world. People live in fear. I want to write stories that deal with that fear and show the Christian world view.”
DiAnn wants her readers to see that there are brave men and women out there working on their behalf.
Her first suspense novel titled Footsteps was published in 2004. All set in Houston, DiAnn has written books about CIA agents, Secret Service Agents, and FBI Agents. Surprisingly enough, amid the suspense and sometimes terror, there is often a hint of romance.
When DiAnn is not busy writing, she is the proud mother to four boys and grandmother to three. When talking of her grandchildren, DiAnn proudly announces that her eight-year-old granddaughter, Grace, has already completed her first book. Maybe it’s in the genes.
DiAnn and Dean have been married 26 years and enjoy their life in Houston surrounded by friends and family.
Meet DiAnn in person at the 2017 CLASS Writers Contreat where she will be teaching a continuing class on fiction techniques. She will also be teaching a one-day intensive on social media. Find out more at the website, www.classeminars.org/writers-contreat-2017.html
To learn more about DiAnn visit www.diannmills.com