Today I have the privilege of introducing DiAnn Mills to you as not only an accomplished author with several books to her acclaim and who we’re familiar with her as but as a book club leader. DiAnn thanks for sharing, you are a woman of many talents.

How did the Lord involve you with book clubs? When did you start running one?

Our book club began as a two-fold project. We wanted to share our love of inspirational fiction with others and reach out to the community in and around our church for this effort. We began about ten months ago. So we're new at this and loving the learning process.

DiAnn, I’m interested in being apart of your book club, could you please describe for me what I can expect? What does your typical meetings look like? Does your group have a name? If so, what is it?

Our book club is very informal. The books are purchased the previous month so each member can enjoy the book and form their own opinions and questions. We begin at 9:30 a.m. with a social time of about fifteen minutes in which we enjoy coffee and goodies. Never mind if a member is on a diet, someone will split the goodies with you. :) Books for the next month are purchased, and these are for all genres in the inspirational market. New members complete a registration form and receive a schedule of the upcoming featured novels, including what author will be present. We begin with prayer and any prayer requests from the group. We ask that God bless our time together and show us what truth we are to learn from the morning’s discussion. Oddly enough, our club does not like to use the discussion questions often provided by the author. Instead they want to formulate their own questions and create discussions from their perspective. We are simply The Met Book Club and are a part of an outreach ministry of our church, Metropolitan Baptist Church. Our meetings last for an hour and a half, and members often go to lunch afterwards. :)

Had you ever been apart of a book club before you ran one?

No! Only participated as an author guest to various book club discussion meetings not as a member. What I did see is that the members were very appreciative of authors taking the time to visit their meetings. This made a huge impact on how our church's book club could be unique.

Does your book club socialize outside of your regular meetings? If so, what did you do or have you done as a group that you all enjoyed?

Many of our book club members are in my Sunday School/Small Group/Life Group class - whatever you refer to that group. So we not only see each other on Sundays, but we socialize monthly with our husbands and at the monthly book club meetings. Sometimes we meet for breakfast before the meeting, and sometimes we gather for lunch afterwards. Guest authors are invited!

Where does your book club physically meet? Do you have or have you had special book club events?

We meet in a Sunday School room on the third Thursday of the month from around 9:30 - 11:00. We haven't had special events other than reading books from local writers so that writer can visit. However, I'm "planning" a holiday breakfast for the November or December meeting, and possibly adopting a family in the area to shower them with gifts. Another thought is to contribute to our city's hunger mission.

Have you ever had an author speak at your book club, in person, or on the phone? If so, who? Any surprises you learned about the author and/or the book you didn’t know about before the chat?

One of my main goals for our book club was for authors to visit and share their passion for their book, answer questions, and generally make friends. I believe relationships are vital for believers, and it has nothing to do with buying books but making a positive impact for the kingdom. Living in Houston with our wide array of local writers has provided our book club with many dynamic personalities who have impressed book club members with their genuine love for God and the written word.

Have you read any of your books for the book club selections? How did that go? Did it feel weird for you to did you feel right at home? Please explain.

I've read all of the books and participated in all of the discussions, being careful not to say anything derogatory about the writing--characterization, plot, setting, writer etc. It's important for me to be a fan of all the writers from the book club's readings. I know the writers of all our selections, and I want the readers to understand their hearts. If the writer isn't present at our meeting, I lead out the discussion. :)


Do you enjoy live theatre? If so, what is your favorite play you’ve seen live? If not, what are your favorite two movies of all time?

Yes! Houston has a good selection, and we've seen plays and musicals here an in other cities. I particularly enjoyed Les Miserables, seen in NY.

My favorite two movies of all times? That's tough! Gone with the Wind and Christmas in Vermont, (White Christmas).

Please name 4 of your favorite books your read growing up?

Little Women, Jo's Boys, Trixie Belden Series, Nancy Drew Series Now do you see why I like to write historical and suspense! :)

Have you ever been or would you like to go on a mission trip? If so where did you go and what did you do? If not, where would you like to go and what would you like to do?

I traveled to Southern Sudan in November 2006 to research a novel. Although I thought I would minister to them, the people of Southern Sudan ministered to me. And yes, I hope to return there. I help support a couple of Sudanese non-profit organizations. In fact, the proceeds from my books written about the Sudan go back to aid the Sudanese.

Please name 4 of your favorite TV shows you watched growing up that you just couldn’t miss!

Wagon Train, The Virginian, Dragnet, and Hawaii 50. Again, my interest in history and suspense. :)


I believe book club leaders should reach out to the writers of the featured books. Many writers will make themselves available for a phone call during the meeting. In addition, book clubs that feature wholesome reading offer the women of the community a healthy outlet that will not only encourage them in their day-to-day life but offer an alternative to books that do not honor God.

Thanks for stopping by DiAnn and letting us get to know your group.If you are a book club leader or an author that leads a book club contact me at my blog, I’d love to interview and highlight your group. Just leave a comment. I'd love to talk to you!!

Until Next Time.

Nora St. Laurent
ACFW Book Club Coordinator

1 comment:

  1. Wow, your book club sounds like fun, DiAnn. It's always a treat to hang out with you--how blessed your local people are!