Author, Spotlight

Fatal Strike with DiAnn Mills q&a

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

DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Carol Award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is codirector of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers. Visit her website or connect with DiAnn on facebook, twitter, or instagram!



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

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.

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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

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Let me know if you’ll be adding Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills to your tbr! It’s on my wishlist!

13 thoughts on “Fatal Strike with DiAnn Mills q&a”

  1. I love that the hero and heroine are snipers. Sometimes we forget our God is a Warrior and that because of evil there will be people who need to protect the oppressed, poor, widowed and children.


  2. I love reading books by this author! I cannot wait to read her newest book! The interview was quite interesting – thanks!


  3. I am so excited about this book–as a believer that we are all God’s children, I’ve always wondered what goes through law enforcement officials’ minds as well as their hearts when they are faced with taking another’s life. this will be thought-provoking and emotional for me.


  4. I’m going to get buried under my September TBR (but Fatal Strike is on there!!). Do you think my boss will just let me have the entire month off to read? 🙂


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