Wednesday, September 28, 2016

7 Reasons Why We Love Novels

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Thousands of novels are released each year. So many wonderful and amazing books, and we’ll never be able to read them all. But we try.

What’s the fascination for story? Why do we crave the next novel and the next?

Here are seven reasons why I love story.
1. Entertainment is the number one reason we love novels. When our work is done for the day, we can relax and lose ourselves within the pages of a highly-crafted story.

2. Story is a slice of real life. I dare say every plot has its origin in facts. Readers see truth in a non-threatening environment, an opportunity to explore values.

Characters draw us into their setting.
3. Characters draw us into their setting. A well-written story explodes on the page with characters we adore. We relate to their wants and needs and how they interpret life. Our imaginations are challenged and we become the character.

4. Problems are solved within the story, and the reader seeks ways to make their own life easier.

5. Heroes and heroines on an impossible journey inspire us to be better people, attempt new things, and see a goal to completion.

6. Healing takes place within the storyline. Subject matter that touches our personal pain addresses ways we can survive our past. By exploring behavior, we gain new insights.

7. Satisfaction of engaging in a story from the beginning to the end provides a sense of accomplishment.

Why do you love story? Let’s share ideas.

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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. 

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. 

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. 

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at


  1. I read novels so I can go somewhere I've never been, or experience something I would never otherwise experience. From my own recliner, I can journey back or forward in time, and watch as the characters engage in life and solve problems. I've learned much about human nature from reading novels. I'm thankful for great writers.

  2. Hi Robert, thank you for commenting. I want to show real life, real people in my stories so that readers like you can have an adventure.