DiAnn Mills has answered a few q&a’s about writing life and Fatal Strike for us and her publisher has provided a giveaway!
about the author
Can you tell us about some of the research that went into writing Fatal Strike?
D: I interviewed a gentleman who worked FBI SWAT. I learned so much about teamwork, the role of a negotiator, and the training. A sniper is used as a last resort when all other means of negotiation fail and people are in danger. The sniper must be confident his or her shot will not hurt another person. Following a mission, the team discusses what went well, what went wrong, and how the operation could be improved.
B: That must have been a fascinating conversation!
What role does faith play in the story?
D: My hero and heroine are snipers. Those who serve and defend us sometimes face situations where taking a life may be necessary. How does God view a sniper, soldier, law enforcement officer, or a person who protects himself or others? Where does God fit? The Scriptures show us many instances of God assisting His people in killing entire armies during times of war.
If we are to live in a country without anarchy, we need police and soldiers. David, a man after God’s own heart, was a skilled warrior. While God despises the shedding of blood, He also knows what’s in the hearts of evil people. God is just. God is righteous. I believe a Christian involved in law enforcement is doing a good and godly thing to stop evil.
B: Amen and may He bless those who protect and defend us all.
How do you come up with fresh ideas for your books? How do you beat writer’s block?
D: My ideas come from the media, dreams, watching TV or movies, and sometimes ideas just pop into my head. Writer’s block means I don’t know what happens next. I’m an organic writer, so the idea of an outline destroys my adventure. When I’m stuck, I do one of three things: (1) write a scene I know is coming, (2) go back to the beginning and read and edit, or (3) do something else creative like cook, garden, or shopping.
B: Wonderful ideas, DiAnn!
Why did you decide to become a writer in the romantic suspense genre specifically?
D: Romantic suspense is my favorite genre. We live in a dangerous and unpredictable world. My goal is to show real relational people who are trained to keep us safe. And along the way, they find the gift of love.
B: It’s one of my favorites too!
Can you tell us about some future projects you’re working on?
D: I’m finishing up a book currently titled Airborne. A female FBI agent boards a plane in Houston for Salzburg, Austria. She needs a vacation to renew her relationship with God and to figure out her future. Her husband has moved out, wants a divorce, and he doesn’t know she’s pregnant. Two hours into the flight, symptoms become evident of a deadly virus on board, and her husband, a bioengineer, becomes a person of interest.
B: Silly me, I got so excited that I tried to find it on Amazon! Preorders are obviously not up yet, lol! Thank you for sharing!
about the book
Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills
There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man dumping the third body on a church doorstep. But their suspect has gone into hiding, and those closest to him are reluctant to reveal anything that might help investigators find him.
As Leah and Jon check connections among the victims and dig deeper into motives, they discover appearances may be deceiving. Someone is desperate to keep their secrets hidden, and Leah and Jon must face their greatest fears in order to stop the next fatal strike.
Thanks to the generosity of the publisher, one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader friend will win a print copy of Fatal Strike.
US only | ends 9/6 | giveaway policy
Let me know if you’ll be adding Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills to your tbr! It’s on my wishlist!