I was delighted to receive an advance copy of DiAnn Mills’s latest novel, Breach of Trust, a page-turner in the truest sense. I’m no night owl--in fact, bedtime reading usually puts me to sleep pretty quickly--but this engaging story made it very hard to close the book each night and turn off the lights at a decent hour.
DiAnn is one of my first mentors and role models when I first started writing women’s fiction and romance, so it’s a special pleasure to welcome her to my blog today with a few insider details about Breach of Trust.
DiAnn, what was the inspiration for the character of Mikaela Olsson aka Paige Rogers?
My husband and I were driving through rural Oklahoma and the "what-if" mode kicked in. I was thinking the area was the least likely place to find a CIA operative--unless one needed to hide out. Then why would an operative need to hide out? What was the back story? What would bring the person out of hiding? How would she disguise her looks? And then I was off and running with my story.
You obviously did your CIA research. Could you highlight some of the more interesting facets you learned?
The research was difficult. There is a reason why the CIA must be kept secret, so some things I simply had to guess by evaluating what I did learn. I phoned the CIA in DC and talked to a PR person. I also read books and talked to other government security personnel. The most interesting concept to me was the double life. Agreed it sounds exciting--almost romantic--but incredibly dangerous.
Your deep concern for the Sudanese struggle and especially the "Lost Boys" is inspiring. How did your research for books like Lost Boy No More and When the Nile Runs Red influence the development of Breach of Trust?
I realize I've become a bit of a daredevil. I went to Southern Sudan to research the people, their plight, and to experience first hand the people. The time spent there influenced my spiritual life as well as my writing. I'll never be the same. The proceeds from my Sudan books does go back to nonprofit organizations who help the Sudanese. When writing Breach of Trust, I again used Africa and the tragedies that face so many people as a subplot of the story. Researching Breach of Trust took the same dogged determination, but without the danger. :)
Miles Laird, the story's male lead, rides a Harley. Your bio often includes the line, "In fact she'd own a Harley, but her legs are too short." Care to elaborate on your fascination with big, noisy bikes?
Oh, it's the daredevil in me again. :) However, I learned from my sister-in-law who lives near my Breach of Trust setting, that modern day cowboys often use the big noisy bikes as stress relievers just like they ride horses for the same reason. You'll notice that Miles rides both in the story. So in answer to your question, it's the cowgirl daredevil in me.
What's coming next from DiAnn Mills?
The second book in the Call of Duty series: Breach of Security will be released in January 2010. The heroine is a Border Patrol Agent in McAllen, TX. The research for this book took me to McAllen, where I was able to ride the line with some fine agents. I came away with a deep admiration and respect for these courageous men and women.
My first historical with Zondervan will be released in April 2010. It's entitled A Woman Called Sage. My heroine is a bounty hunter--when the hunter discovers that she has become the hunted. The setting is the Colorado Rockies. And I love the story!
Thank you so much!
More about the book: Breach of Trust, March 2009 from Tyndale Publishers, the first book in the Call of Duty series. Paige Rogers is a former CIA agent who lost all she treasured seven years ago when her entire team was killed in a covert mission. She blames their leader—Daniel Keary—whom Paige believes betrayed them. Disillusioned and afraid for her life, she disappeared and started a new life as a small-town librarian. But when Keary announces his candidacy for governor of her state, he comes after Paige to ensure that she won’t ruin his bid for office. He threatens everything she holds dear, and Paige must choose between the life of hiding that has become her refuge . . . or risking everything in one last, desperate attempt to right old wrongs.
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About DiAnn: Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has over forty books in print and has sold a million and a half copies.
DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels.
Six of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards 2003 – 2008, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005 and 2007. She was a Christy Awards finalist in 2008.
DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope and Love, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also a mentor for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer’s Guild.
She lives in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn and her husband have four adult sons and are active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.