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DiAnn Mills

Author of  When the Nile Runs Red

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DiAnn Mills's Bio:
Award-winning author DiAnn Mills launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has over forty books in print and has sold more than one million copies. DiAnn believes her readers should “expect an adventure.” Her desire is to show characters solving real problems of today from a Christian perspective through a compelling story.

Six of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical Novel of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards 2003 – 2006. She is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award for 2005 in the long contemporary and novella categories.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers Association. She is also a member of Chi Libris, Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope and Love, and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also a mentor for Jerry B. Jenkins’ Christian Writer’s Guild.

She lives in sunny Houston, Texas, the home of heat, humidity, and Harleys. In fact, she’d own a Harley but her legs are too short. DiAnn and her husband have four adult sons and are active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.


A Note to the Reader


When the Nile Runs Red is set in Sudan in July 2005. The conflict in southern Sudan began when the northern government in Khartoum declared a jihad or holy war on southern Sudan in the early 80s, and the south responded by forming a rebel army to protect their land and people.

Some of the groups and terms you will encounter in the book are explained below.



The largest ethnic tribe in southern Sudan; mainly an agricultural-pastoral people who inhabit the regions of Bahr el Ghazal, Jonglei,  southern Kordufan, and the Upper Nile.


John Garang

A Dinka and a Christian, John was educated in the United States and Tanzania, and returned to Sudan to serve in the military. However, he chose to join the newly formed SPLM and became leader of the SPLA. After the peace treaty with the government of Sudan, he became vice president but was killed in July 2005 in a helicopter crash. For more information about him, visit


Government of Sudan  (GOS)

The Muslim government with their capitol in Khartoum; launched a jihad against southern Sudan for over two decades.


Government of National Unity (GNU)

The new government of Sudan formed after the peace treaty in January 2005.  



Armed militia that gathers its fighters from Arab tribes, African Arabs. Notorious for racist activities, massacre, and rape, they are active in the fighting in Darfur (region in western Sudan) and oppose the SPLA as well as the Justice and Equality Movement, who are helping the persecuted people of Darfur. The Sudanese government (GNU) uses the janjaweed to handle the tribal disputes in Darfur. Several members of the international community have called their work “genocide.”


Lord’s Resistance Army

A rebel army originally formed in Uganda. These insurgents are brutal and often raid villages for child soldiers and sex slaves.


Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)

The rebel army that fought for over two decades to defend southern Sudan.


Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M)

A collective term indicating a combination of the military and political leaders of southern Sudan.


Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)

The political wing of SPLA.

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