I’m delighted to have DiAnn Mills share her new romantic suspense book, Facing the Enemy, with you. It releases September 5th, but I received an advance copy. DiAnn weaves a great story while tackling thorny issues with the right dash of humor and romance. I highly recommend it.
Some people embrace risk like the rest of us breathe. Assuming uncertainty is natural for them, a part of their DNA. Others will take a risk only if the stakes are high—business deals, protecting innocent people, or a worthy cause. Both types understand the situation can invite danger and an unpredictable outcome.
These people accept the consequences of their actions to make life better for themselves or others. Who are these people, and what qualifies them to boldly step into a situation where the outcome is unpredictable . . . or life-threatening? Many are courageous men and women who are trained to keep us safe in a dangerous and unpredictable world.
In Facing the Enemy, I needed a heroine who embraced risk to find her brother’s killer. Special Agent Risa Jacobs resigns from Houston’s FBI where she worked and advocated protection of children. She believed ending her job would keep her colleagues and parents safe while she investigated the crime behind the scenes. She returns to teach English at a local college while danger stalks her from unexpected places. Risa even forsakes her longtime friend and FBI partner, but he’s a stubborn man who understands Risa can’t carry the burdens of the world on her shoulders. She needs God and His wisdom. The two face the unseen enemy and emerge victorious with the added blessing of love.
Two Decades of Writing Suspense
In writing suspense fiction for over two decades, I have my ideas and descriptions of men and women who embrace risk: self-confident heroes and heroines. Below are 15 traits that appeal to me. My characters will not have all these characteristics, but they will have more than one.
- Believe in God who created all things, even if their relationship with Him is flawed. Renewing their relationship with God is part of the story.
- Motivated by a cause bigger than themselves.
- Prepared to sharpen existing skills or learn new ones to succeed.
- Able to make decisions.
- Armed with compassion and empathy for others.
- Subscribe to an adventurous spirit.
- Courageous and bold when the occasion calls for it.
- Learns from their mistakes.
- Plan their actions but are not afraid of spontaneity.
- Accepts responsibility for their actions.
- Confident once he/she accepts a challenge.
- Practices mental and physical strategies.
- Committed to making sacrifices for a noble or worthy cause, even of themselves.
- Faces adversity with mental toughness.
- Willing to stand alone if necessary.
Joshua 1:9 ESV guides all who believe in taking risks when God leads the journey. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Your turn. What kind of traits do you most appreciate in a hero or heroine who embraces risk? Comment here.
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable 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; Golden Scroll 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 member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
DiAnn and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
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Thank you, DiAnn!