Deadly Encounter Author Interview

Banner Deadly Encounter

(FBI: Task Force)
by DiAnn Mills

Genre: Romance / Suspense / Christian

Publisher: Tyndale House

Date of Publication: August 1, 2016

Number of Pages: 376

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Cover lo res Deadly EncounterAirport Ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston’s airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man’s motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747.

Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy’s community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.

Praise for the FBI: Houston novels

Deadlock: “This is a fast moving crime story with several interesting twists and turns. [Deadlock] is a page turner.” — Online Reviewer



“Mills does a superb job of character and plot development in this faith-filled series.” — Christian Library Journal


“Mills’ writing is transparently crisp, backed up with solid research, filled with believable characters and sparks of romantic chemistry.” — Novel Crossing



“Christy Award–winning Mills skillfully builds a menacing overall tone, and the tension level rises as layers of lies are peeled away in multiple plot twists. This novel, which takes off at a breakneck pace with a narrative arc that could have been ripped from today’s headlines, will greatly appeal to fans of James Patterson’s “Alex Cross” series and readers who enjoy psychological thrillers.” — Library Journal starred review


“Mills takes readers on an explosive ride. The terror is all the more chilling because it
could easily be a headline story on the nightly news, and Mills’ characters spring to life
through their fears, strengths, and quirks. A story as romantic as it is exciting, Fi
will appeal to fans of Dee Henderson’s romantic suspense stories.” — Booklist 



What do you think most characterizes your writing?
A slice of today’s real world with hope for tomorrow.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Linking what my heroine found the morning she discovered a dead body, wounded dog, blood-splattered motorcycle, and a drone capable of taking down a 747.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Ushering characters through story and watching them grow with the problems set before them.

Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured in your book?
The issues of seeking custody and eventually adoption of a child. I adopted three of my four sons. It’s rewarding and challenging. In Deadly Encounter, my heroine is a single woman. Another issue is forgiveness among family.

Who are some of your favorite authors you feel were influential in your work?
What impact have they had on your writing? My favorite authors are Joel Rosenberg, David Baldacci, Harlen Coben, and Steven James. I lose all sense of time and place when I’m reading their books. I want my readers to experience the same adventure.

What did you find most useful in learning to write?
Searching the psychological aspect of my characters and ensuring I write an antagonistic setting.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
Full-time! I’m organized and disciplined. My best writing happens in the mornings. It’s10:45 a.m. as I answer these questions.

How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?
I’ve always viewed my fiction writing as a ministry. Creating real stories is my purpose, not a candy-coated book that skirts issues but provides readers with hope while entertaining them with the best possible story I can write.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Telepathy. I would have so much fun with that.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Rome, Italy

about the author


Mills PicDiAnn 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 Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson 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 on any of the social media platforms listed at

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