Awaken My Heart by DiAnn Mills – www.diannmills.
“Awaken My Heart is a colorful inspirational tale of romance and adventure! –Diana Risso, Romance Reviews Today
Q & A with the author – DiAnn Mills
Q: Welcome, Diann! You’ve been writing historical fiction for a long time. What interested you in the 1803 time period?
A: I love
Q: Does Awaken My Heart have a particular theme?
A: The theme is courage: courage to stand up to political and social factions that vie against God and what He desires for His people.
Q: Armando Garcia is quite the rebel! Do you think this type of hero glorifies rebellion?
A: Not at all. Armando had much to learn about the difference between his own desires and what God required of him. Once he realized his stand needed to embrace truth, he was on the right road.
Q: Marianne Phillips has a streak of rebellion in her. How was it channeled?
A: Marianne kept much of her rebellion inside because she knew God expected her to honor her parents, and in many instances, her father’s wishes. Once she saw that she had to make a choice between obedience to her father and obedience to God, she found strength to do that which was right.
Q: What is your biggest challenge in writing?
A: Always the characterization. I crave three dimensional characters that will experience growth. Understanding and acting upon their motivation takes time! Sometimes I simply have to “live” with them for awhile. J
Q: So how do you develop your characters?
A: Through time, patience, people-watching, viewing them through unusual situations, brainstorming, and consulting many books about the psychology of personalities. And that’s just the beginning!
A: I use the Myers-Briggs personality profile. It helps a lot! How much of yourself goes into a character?
A: I attempt to keep myself excluded from the process, but I admit that an opinion or a trait appears now and then.
Q: LOL! For me . . . well, let’s just say that it’s not on a mere whim that I call my blog “a life in pages!” What’s next in the pipeline for you?
A: I’m currently writing a romantic suspense for Tyndale, the second book in the Behind the Sunglasses Series. I’m also preparing various historical fiction proposals.
Q: What advice do you have for any new writers out there?
A: To read in the genre in which they want to write. To read the books written by those authors they admire. To read books about the craft. To write everyday. To become active in a writer’s group.
Q: And before we go, how can readers contact you?
A: My website is www.diannmills.
Thanks for dropping by!