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Now let's revisit with Christy-Award-winning novelist DiAnn Mills, author of Under a Desert Sky (Summerside, June 2011).
Award-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. She currently has more than fifty books in print, which have sold more than a million and a half copies.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. Her books have won five ACFW placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards and three 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. 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.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
-- I’m not a mathematician.
-- I love to travel.
-- I like writing on a road trip.
-- I love slicing into one of my home grown tomatoes.
-- The Chick-fil-A cows and I speak the same language.
Man, I can't remember the last time I had a real tomato! Your comment makes me want to get a plant, even if it's potted on the deck.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Under a Desert Sky.
In 1935, socialite Eva Fortier witnesses her grandfather’s murder and must flee New York to ensure her safety. Leaving behind a life of wealth, she seeks refuge in the secluded high desert area of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.
Navajo doctor Tahoma Benally has his hands full caring for his people’s medical needs. He certainly doesn’t have time to fall in love. But when Tahoma’s father asks him to help fulfill a vow he’d made to Eva’s father. Tahoma has no choice but to oblige his father’s request. In the process he finds himself drawn to the woman he’s promised to protect.
With an elusive killer stalking Eva, and barriers of race and culture standing between her and Tahoma, does love stand a chance of blooming in the desert?
What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about her?
She’s spunky, courageous, and resourceful.
Why will readers enjoy your novel?
The suspense: Will the killer who is after Eva find her before he can be stopped?
The romance: Will socialite Eva Fortier and Navajo doctor. Tahoma Benally find love, or will their differences separate them forever?
The setting: Incredible beauty of the high desert of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
Eva Fortier - Rachel McAdams
Tahoma Benally - Nathaniel Arcand
Interesting-looking duo. I've never seen Nathaniel Arcand before.
If your publisher asked you to write your next novel in a different genre, which genre would you choose?
I write historical and contemporary romantic suspense. So perhaps a far-reaching genre would be a fantasy novel.
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote. Capote transported me into the motives and passions of the characters through a deep psychological journey.
Oh, yes, that was a haunting book. I think I was a teen when I read it. Still makes me shudder to think about it.
What are you working on now?
Book 2 in the series Crime Scene: Houston. This series is based on solved FBI cases in the Houston area.
Where else can readers find you online?
The book is available in fine book stores and is available for purchase online through the following buttons:
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
What are your dreams, and what must you do to achieve them?
Wow, that's a doozy. I'm eager to hear what my readers say.
Thank you, DiAnn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, DiAnn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 25. To enter, leave an answer to DiAnn's question (above) at the bottom of today's post. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
Be sure to check out my post about summer reading, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of one of my books (winner's choice).
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