Fifteen years ago, Shelby Pearce confessed to murdering her brother-in-law and was sent to prison. – Trace of Doubt by @DiAnnMills
What inspired the idea for your book?
What sacrifices would a young woman make to protect a beloved sister?
Tell us about a favorite character from the book.
A minor character: Sheriff Wendall. He’s a small town, Texas sheriff who took his job seriously. He didn’t play favorites but went after the truth. I also liked his southern mannerisms.
If you were friends with a character in this book, what kinds of things would you do together?
I’d want to spend time with Shelby: to cook and bake, sip coffee on her front porch, and take long walks in the woods.
What was the most surprising thing you learned in writing this book?
The depth of a selfish, greedy woman. As a seat-of-the-pants writer, I’m often surprised at a character’s behavior.
How do you define success as an author?
Being read. Many people write, but not all are read.
Do you have any quirky writing rituals?
Lots of dark-roast coffee (drinking some now). Although I’m a seat-of-the-pants plotter, I complete a 17-page characterization sketch for each point of view character before beginning chapter one, line one.
What comes first for you — the plot or the characters?
The idea for the story, then the character who would have the most to lose and the most to gain working toward a goal.
As an author what do you think makes a good story?
Unpredictable behavior that is realistic and in-character. Fast paced
What difference do you see between a writer and an author?
I hadn’t thought about a difference until now. I’d say a writer is anyone who puts pen to paper to communicate through the written word. An author is someone who has been published. Every author is a writer, but not every writer is an author.
Who is your audience?
My readers are mostly women but some men, ages 45 and older, who value an action packed, well-researched novel, fast paced, and with a thread of romance.
How do you interact with your readers?
Through social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also through my blog comments.
What is your all-time favorite book or author? Do you think this has influenced your writing?
Jerry Jenkins is my favorite author. His books are always a journey into someone’s life. Through Jerry’s teachings, I’ve learned what works, self-editing, and how to be humble and give back to readers and writers.
What was the defining moment that made you say to yourself, “Today, I am going to write a book that I will publish.”?
A challenge from my husband to stop saying I would one day write a book and do it.
How do you avoid or defeat writers block?
I don’t have a problem with writer’s block. There are times I’m not sure what the next scene will be, and so I start back at the beginning and read/edit.
What is an underrated author that you think everyone should read at least once?
David Baldacci. Nothing he’s written is underrated; however, I love the whole Memory Man series. The hero, Amos Decker, is unlike any character I’ve read. He’s a hero that the reader can’t help but feel compassion, admiration, and want more.
Aside from writing or reading, what are your hobbies or interests?
I love to read, garden, cook and bake, and spend time with my grandkids.
What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
The words of Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never give up.”
In DiAnn Mills’ words: “Face your fears and simply write.”
What are you working on in the near future?
I just finished a romantic suspense novel that will be a September 2022 release. A young woman believes she has witnessed a murder by her beloved grandfather who raised her with love, truth, integrity, and profound faith in God. What is the truth?
What are your top 5 favorite authors?
and Robert Dugoni.
Number 6 is Charles Martin.
What are you reading now?
Just finished The Beirut Protocol by Joel Rosenberg and ready to dive into The Letter Keeper by Charles Martin
Bestselling and award-winning author DiAnn Mills delivers a heart-stopping story of dark secrets, desperate enemies, and dangerous lies.
Fifteen years ago, Shelby Pearce confessed to murdering her brother-in-law and was sent to prison. Now she’s out on parole and looking for a fresh start in the small town of Valleysburg, Texas. But starting over won’t be easy for an ex-con.
FBI Special Agent Denton McClure was a rookie fresh out of Quantico when he was first assigned the Pearce case. He’s always believed Shelby embezzled five hundred thousand dollars from her brother-in-law’s account. So he’s going undercover to befriend Shelby, track down the missing money, and finally crack this case.
But as Denton gets closer to Shelby, he begins to have a trace of doubt about her guilt. Someone has Shelby in their crosshairs. It’s up to Denton to stop them before they silence Shelby—and the truth—forever.
Praise for Trace of Doubt:
“Well-researched… with some surprising twists along the way. In Trace of Doubt, Mills weaves together a tale of faith, intrigue, and suspense that her fans are sure to enjoy.” – STEVEN JAMES, award-winning author of SYNAPSE and EVERY WICKED MAN
“Trace of Doubt is a suspense reader’s best friend. From page one until the end, the action is intense and the storyline keeps you guessing.” – EVA MARIE EVERSON, bestselling author of FIVE BRIDES and DUST
“DiAnn Mills serves up a perfect blend of action, grit, and heart… Trace of Doubt takes romantic suspense to a whole new level.” – JAMES R. HANNIBAL, award-winning author of THE PARIS BETRAYAL
“Filled with high stakes, high emotion, and high intrigue.” – JLYNN H. BLACKBURN, award-winning author of UNKNOWN THREATand ONE FINAL BREATH
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: September 7th 2021
Number of Pages: 432
ISBN: 1496451856 (ISBN13: 9781496451859)
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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. DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story, so why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure?
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.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a former director of Blue Ridge Christian Writers, and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She shares her passion for helping other writers be successful by teaching 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:
BookBub – @DiAnnMills
Instagram – @DiAnnMillsAuthor
Twitter – @DiAnnMills
Facebook – @DiAnnMills
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