Why I Write Romantic Suspense

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Most writers read and write in the same genre.  Professionally speaking, that’s the way it should be. If I’m not as excited about the romantic suspense story I’m writing as the one I’m reading, then quality suffers.

This applies to all genres, and not just my chosen one of romantic suspense.

Here are the five reasons why I write romantic suspense.

  1. My favorite reading is a romantic suspense novel. I crave the action and adventure with a thread of romance. I also have a passion for a story that reaches into the hearts of a hero and heroine and finds a lasting love while the two risk their lives to stop or prevent a crime.
  2. Characterization is a crucial part of my writing, the hows and whys of a character’s behavior thrill me. In a romantic suspense, I have the ability to fashion complex characters—protagonists and antagonists who amaze and thrill the reader.
  3. We live in a dangerous and sometimes fearful world. I want to create a realistic story that offers hope to readers who fear the unknown. Through characters who are trained to battle crime, I can depict real people in real crisis situations.
  4. My faith leads me to write stories that show good always overcomes evil. My goal is to have at least one character who approaches life and solves problems according to a Christian worldview. This focus eliminates preaching while the reader observes and experiences the character’s role. Even if the name of God or Jesus were omitted, I believe the reader would still see me writing a Christian story.
  5. I love developing the twists and turns of plot that (hopefully) are unpredictable yet totally credible to the character’s personality.
We all have genre preferences. What is your favorite and why?

DiAnn Mills

 

 


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  1. Jann Butts

    I enjoy mystery, thriller, suspense (with and without romance), True Crime, romance, history, humor. I also enjoy “magic” novels like Charlie Holmberg writes, I think those are called “Speculative” fiction.

    You, Ann Tatlock, Deb Raney, Lynette Eason, Steven James, Al Gansky are at the tip of the iceberg of my favorites. Like others who responded, there are several authors I adore which I have marked to receive notifications when their novels are going to be released. I am a “rabid reader,” I admit it!

    Am barely hanging on until I receive your new novel! I know it will be fabulous!!

    Hugs!!

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  2. Patti Arteaga

    I love romantic suspense novels. Yours are great, by the way. I also love reading Dani Pettrey, Dee Henderson, Patricia Bradley, Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon or Terri Blackstock. I read sweet Christian romances in between suspense novels just so I can get my heart rate back down?.

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  3. Faith Posten

    My favorite genre is Christian suspense with romance. There are a good number of great authors in this area including you. You continue to get better and better as do some of my other favorite authors. That’s fantastic for all of us as we grow and mature in Christ.

    However, I actually enjoy various other stories a lot also. I like historical romance and contemporary romance as well. May the Lord Jesus Christ pour out His Blessings upon you!

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  4. Paula Shreckhise

    I am into Historical Romance right now. I guess I’ve always liked history. But I like to mix it up with Suspense . You are one of my favorite authors. I tend towards Christian fiction but if it’s a clean read , that’s OK. After reading a brainy book, I like to alternate to a cozy mystery. Not much for Contemporary Romance, even Christian but I have come across some good ones. The ones from you, Dani Pettrey, Dee Henderson or Patricia Bradley, Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon or Terri Blackstock are the best! There are too many good historical Christian fiction authors to name.
    I have two notebooks full of handwritten pages with Christian authors and their books to choose from and mark off as I read them. What can I say: I’m retired, I like to read!

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  5. Cathy Gross

    Historical romance, suspense and sometimes a good spy novel as long as the characters have depth and interesting lives beyond their spy craft. Daniel Silva’s series with Gabriel Allon is wonderful. Rosamunde Pilcher’s, Shell Seekers, is my all time favorite book; not suspenseful but amazing characters I visit at least yearly.

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  6. Shelia Hall

    I love a good suspense book because i want to see if i can solve the crime before the hero does. Also love a good christian romance to just relax and enjoy myself

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  7. Leona Olson

    Historical fiction is my favorite read. I think it helps me escape to another time era.
    I have added Deep Extraction to my TBR list. I am from West Texas and we have lots of pumpers there.

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  8. Vee Spivey

    I love romantic suspense!!! Just the romance novels leave me missing something! We are blessed to have several excellent novelists, especially YOU!

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  9. Teresa Strickland

    My favorite is historical fiction, although I love romantic suspense stories as well. I enjoy learning of other cultures and customs within the framework of the time and place.

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      DiAnn Mills

      Hi Teresa, I use to write more historical fiction, but I found I preferred the romantic suspense. But there are some fabulous historical fiction that are filled with suspense!

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