Brenda Minton answers five questions about her newest book The Cowboy Lawman (Love Inspired Romance):  It's Slade's job to protect Mia, but it's not his job to help her find love and healing.  

Q: What inspired your latest Romance The Cowboy Lawman?

The Cowboy Lawman is a part of my Love Inspired series, Cooper Creek. I've worked with these characters for the last couple of years and so I feel like I've gotten to know them. Mia Cooper has been a secondary character in several books and as I've gotten to know her I realized what a strong and together person/character she is. I also knew she had a compassionate side that she sometimes hid beneath her tough exterior.

Q: What do you think readers will find interesting about this story?

The overwhelming theme in this books is coming to terms with loss. The loss of a mother, a wife, a friend. The loss of a career. The loss of independence. But in all of that loss the characters learn that God replaces what is lost.

Q: Who is your favorite character in this book?

It’s hard to pick a favorite. I love Mia and Slade as a hero and heroine. I also love Granny Myrna Cooper, as my readers probably know she is loving but intrusive. And then there is Slade's little boy, Caleb. No, just like with my own children, I can't pick a favorite.

Q: How does your faith influence your writing?

I think my faith is very much a part of my life, a part of the choices I make and how I deal with people and problems. I hope that I create characters who portray that same faith and that readers are touched by the struggles and victories of those characters.

Q: Why did you feel you had to tell this story?

Mia Cooper is an important part of the Cooper series. Her story had to be told. In telling the story I learned a little more about her and I hope the readers have the same journey.

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About The Author

Brenda Minton is a pastor’s wife, mom and Sunday school teacher. She lives in a small town in the Ozarks where she loves lunch at the local café, canoeing in the summer, and coffee on the front porch. Peace and quiet are a rare commodity with five kids in the house, three grown children, a daughter-in-law and grandbaby. But since she loves chaos, life is perfect.