The Survivor

My guest on today’s blog is Kariss Walker from DiAnn Mills’ newest release, The Survivor. Grab a cup of coffee and get to know Kariss.

Hi readers! Thanks for taking the time to read my interview. Life is crazy right now, but I want to take a moment to answer these interview questions. Slip into a comfortable chair and grab a cup of coffee.

Leave a comment and I’ll enter your name into a drawing for a personalized copy of The Survivor.


  1. How did you get interested in writing suspense?

Kariss: From my news anchor days. Back then I encouraged viewers to help the FBI prevent and solve crimes by becoming aware of what was going on in their community. I urged them to report activities anonymously. Once I helped the FBI in a drug sting.       Some of the stories wouldn’t let me go, and those are slowly finding their way into my books.



  1. You set your stories in Houston—why?

Kariss: Houston is my home, and I believe in writing what you know. I want my readers to know that Houston is a great city,


and what makes it wonderful is the diversity of people. Concerned citizens want to ensure their homes are safe. The criminals need to be off the streets and behind bars. Together we can do this. Those happenings are where my stories come from.


  1. Tea or coffee?

Kariss: Mocha latte please. Second choice is a strong cup laced with half and half. I’m picky about the beans, and they have to be ground just before I brew a pot. I know … I’m a coffee snob.


  1. What about your life do you like?

Kariss: I love the process of creating story. Entertaining readers and taking them on a wild journey is sooooo satisfying.

My condo is special to me, filled with unique touches of clean lines and bursts of color. My car too. I hope the latter doesn’t sound prideful, as my daddy would say, but I love my Jaguar.


  1. What about your life do you dislike?

Kariss: Writing is a lonely job—just me, my laptop, and God. I could easily crawl into a cave. Sometimes I need to simply be with people. Maybe I do need a dog … A husband would be nice if I could find the perfect man. Maybe I should send out a questionnaire on Facebook.


  1. You fall asleep and wake up in the middle ages. Somewhere in Europe. What is the first thing you’d do?

Kariss: Take a bath. None of that once a year stuff for me. I’d also stay away from rats. I’d like to live longer than the odds for contracting the bubonic plague. Maybe I’d disguise myself and be a knight.


  1. What is a fabulous meal for you?

Kariss: Anything I don’t have to cook. I received a culinary bypass at birth. My mom and my sisters are fabulous cooks. Just give me a can opener or freezer-to-microwave instructions. If I’m going out, I’d order sea bass, a rice pilaf, and asparagus. For dessert, I’d like a chocolate mousse with freshly brewed coffee.


8. In book one, The Chase, you and FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris became more than friends. How is that relationship DiAnn Millsgoing?

Kariss: Tigo and I are … not involved right now. Sigh. If I dwell on the subject, depression rears its ugly head. So let’s just say Tigo and I aren’t as compatible as we once thought. End of discussion. What else would you like to talk about?


  1. Where can we learn more about you?

Through a friend of mine, DiAnn Mills. She’s a romantic suspense writer, and we’re real close. Her website is Sign up for her newsletter.


28 Responses to The Survivor

  1. Lynette Eason March 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Great interview! Loved this book!

  2. CoraLee Ott March 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    She writes great books! Love the suspense!

  3. Amber March 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Love your books DiAnn!! I have the first book in this series, would LOVE to win the second one! So cool you have an interview on this website with the character of the book – very neat!

  4. Ann March 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    I love reading and have since I was 8 years old. I’m now 65 and would be so happy if chosen to receive this book. You truly are blessed with the gift of writing .

  5. sharon Jordan March 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    You got my attention. I would love to win the book!

  6. Marilyn Shipe March 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I met DiAnn at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference a few years ago. Fantastic writer!

  7. Suzanne Larson March 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    LOVE all the books by DiAnn Mills, but especially the Houston series as I am from….HOUSTON!!

  8. Selena Lovejoy March 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    I would love the new book! Love all of your books!

  9. Kim Brady March 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    I can not wait until I get this book. I look forward to catching up with Kariss in this new adventure. Amazon needs to send it SOON! I would love to win a copy because then I could give it to someone in my church book club. Everyone should read Diann Mills.
    I think it is funny that you numbered all of the questions with a 1 except the last one & it is 8. Kariss may be proud that I noticed that. I am sad to hear about her & Tigo. Maybe there is hope for reconciliation (or a new interest in the new book?). I will find out as soon as my book comes. Diann-thanks for writing.

  10. J.A. Marx March 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    “Take a bath” in the middle ages. That cracked me up. Great character interview. DiAnn is such an excellent writer.

  11. Carissa Smith March 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I love Dainn Mills books! I can not wait to read this one! 🙂 Hope I win!

  12. Rebecca March 6, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi! I haven’t read any book of her yet. I’m still new to some Christian Authors. I would love to win a copy 🙂

  13. JenT March 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    I like these types of interviews. It really brings the character to life. I’ve read The Chase and would love a chance to read The Survivor.

  14. Sarah March 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Good interview. I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!


  15. Cynthia March 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    I love your books. Keep up the wonderful writing. Dogs are good but personally I would go with a cat. They are more independent. 🙂

  16. Jamie Restemayer March 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    I love your books!!!

  17. Debbie Wilson March 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Can’t wait to read it. Reading your romantic adventures is like taking a vacation.

  18. Lydia Miller March 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Thank you doing the interview; I found it very interesting. I look forward to reading your book.

  19. DiAnn Mills March 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Thank you, Henry!

  20. Lisa Nieman March 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Would like to be entered in the drawing. Thanks.

  21. Lisa Medeiros March 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    I can’t wait to read her new book! Loved the interview and learning more about her! 🙂

  22. Patricia PacJac Carroll March 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Kariss, a jaguar! Well, you sound like my kind of heroine. Can’t wait to read what troubles you’ve gotten yourself into.

  23. Julie Borders March 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    Love all of her books! Looking forward to reading this sequel 🙂

  24. Lourdes Montes March 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    Very enjoyable interview and I am so looking foward to reading The Survivor, but then I look forward to reading all of DiAnn’s books.

  25. Tanya March 7, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    I love your books and seriously can’t wait to read this one!

  26. Lea March 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    I love to read Christian fiction and DiAnn Mills is a favorite!

  27. Tamara Roberts March 13, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    Great interview. I look forward to reading the book.

  28. Janet K. Brown March 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Good interview. Sounds like DiAnn is on with another good one.

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