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DiAnn Mills, award winning author of 
Expect an Adventure fiction, teams up with the FBI? I don't know about you, but I'm intrigued!



FBI - The Real Deal

I'd seen enough suspense movies to note the animosity between the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. “Out of the way, fellas. I’m with the FBI, and we’re handling this.” At least that's what I believed until the first night at FBI Houston Citizens Academy where I’d been selected as an honored participant.
            Granted I was really nervous. I’d been fingerprinted and waited to make sure I hadn’t done something that would cause me to get arrested. I didn’t think I’d broken any laws, but who knows? I’d gone through a few yellow lights. I passed inspection and made my way to a conference room with thirty people, all from various backgrounds from the Houston area.
            I watched a presentation given by an FBI special agent and a police detective. The two men had worked together to solve a cold case, one that is the basis of The Survivor.  My research had been information found online and through the FBI’s media coordinator, but I hadn't seen video footage of the interrogation or how the nine-year-old little girl looked after having her throat cut. I choked back sobs because I knew the case passionately, and I'd been in contact with the victim—now a grown woman, married, and expecting her first child. I discovered how well an FBI special agent and a police detective teamed up using their strengths to solve a horrendous crime. I took this information and wrote a story loosely based on the real crime. Other agents and police officers were involved. The investigators were determined to find the man who’d harmed this child and refused to give up until an arrest was made. That was their goal and it guided them throughout the investigation.
            Back to learning how far too many movies have the details wrong. The FBI does join forces with other agencies. They all have the same goals: solve crimes and prevent other acts of injustice. Methods and procedures of different law enforcement agencies vary, and that’s why the process is successful. Team work—everyone gives their best. Granted some individuals may not get along well with others, but that's life.
            Are you curious about the areas covered by the FBI? Take a look at http://www.fbi.gov. On their website you’ll learn how to contact them and see the photos and stats of the most wanted list. You’ll discover the FBI’s expertise and could even apply for a job. Now ... if I were a little younger I’d consider a new career.
            The next time you think you're watching an authentic TV show or movie where the rough and tough special agent shoves aside police officers, the writer didn't get his facts right. And you’ll have the correct answers because you visited the FBI’s website!
            What was the last TV show or movie you saw with law enforcement officials? Leave a comment to win a personalized copy of The Survivor


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Award-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn's first book was published in 1998. She currently has more than fifty books published.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer's Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader's Choice awads. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011.

DiAnn is a founding board member for ACFW and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to Various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B Jenkins Christians Writers Guild. 

DiAnn and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.


16 comments:

  1. Goodmorning, y'all! Thanks for stopping by to help me welcome DiAnn this morning. :D If you leave your email address in the comment, that tells me you want your name in the hat for a copy of "The Survivor".

    We're so glad you came today! :D

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  2. Such a good reminder of how important research is. Thank you DiAnn. I enjoyed reading A woman Called Sage and your new book, The Survivor looks like one I will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hey! I think I read A Woman Named Sage! :D

      Thanks for stopping in, Angela! :D

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  3. I love this. Definitely a good reminder about research! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Kelsey! :D You're name is in the hat!

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  4. Thank you so much, Linnette, for hosting me. I appreciate you.

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  5. You're welcome, DiAnn! So glad to have you here! LOVED this FBI stuff! Makes me want to go sign up! :D

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  6. I spend a lot of time on that site and recently had the honor of sitting in on an interactive webinar with a special agent. This was a great post! Thank you DiAnn and thanks Linnette for featuring something I could REALLY sink my teeth into. ;)

    If only I were younger! I'd totally sign up. Alas, I'm too old by their standards. LOL

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    1. Oh, I got so excited that I forgot... Author.DMKilgore @ yahoo . com ;)

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  7. You're welcome, Donna! Thanks for stopping by and I'll add your name to the hat! :D

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  8. Wow, thanks DiAnn, I'm bookmarking that site for future research! It's so important to get that research right. I don't want to perpetuate any myths. The last thing I watched with law enforcement officers would be the latest Die Hard movie - Die Hard Another Day.

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    1. So glad you found this helpful, Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by. Your name is in the hat! :D

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  9. Interesting article. Thanks for sharing, DiAnn. Some of the things we have to authenticate as writers are really out there. I found myself today Googling "What do you call the thing on train tracks that you have to pump to operate?" So, thanks for the FBI web site, I am sure it will keep me out of trouble with Google. :)

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    1. Thanks, LaDonna! So glad you stopped by! :D

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  10. So glad you found the FBI information valuable and interesting. Gotta new story swimming around in my head - and I'll need lots of help from Houston's FBI!

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  11. Congrats to Donna Kilgore! You're the winner of "The Survivor"!!! :D

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