Hi, all. First. Prayers for all our Inspy Family and your families.
With this time that we’re in, I know I’m thankful for this blog. Not to ignore life, but to have a place to visit to relax and think on book things for awhile.
I loved this series so much I wanted to ask Mindy a few questions.
- How did you decide on 5 brothers and why weren’t there 10?
LOL! I don’t remember. I think I was looking at the number of books in the series. Or maybe it was because I have five kids, so that just seemed like a good number. 😉
- How hard (or easy) was it to give each brother their own history, seeing as how they grew up together. Each story was unique.
As you know, our children are all different and have different dreams, even though they grow up in the same place with the same parents. What I really wanted to focus on was their mother and how her life and death impacted each of them. So I don’t think it was that difficult to give each son their own personality and ambition. However, coming up with the perfect heroine and story was a bit of a challenge. You find the parts, then you have to figure out how they all fit together.
- Did you have a favorite brother and/or story?
Hmm… That’s kind of like asking if I have a favorite child, Lindi. I love each of them. Watching them grow and find love is always exciting. But I loved each story. Their Ranch Reunion was where we all got to know the family. Then we were able to explore them more in The Deputy’s Holiday Family and gain some insight into their father, Clint. I loved the opposites-attract aspect of Her Colorado Cowboy. Jude in Reunited in the Rockies was probably my hardest nut to crack. He internalizes too much so it took me a while to wear him down, but he thanked me in the end. The final story in the series, Her Rocky Mountain Hope, was the one I both dreaded and looked forward to writing. It deals with the subject of cancer and childhood cancer, something I felt ill-equipped to write about. But you know what they say, if God calls us, He will equip us, and He did just that. He placed people in my life at just the right time to give me the insight I needed.
- What was something about one of the brothers that surprised you while you were writing?
I knew that Daniel, the youngest brother, was the adventurer in the family and traveled the world doing extreme sports. In Their Ranch Reunion he shares about a recent white-water rafting trip he’d made to South America. What I didn’t know until later, was that he’d been taking those trips with cancer patients. Giving them the opportunity to live out their own adventures.
- You are now finished with this series in Ouray and starting a new series in Bliss, Texas. What is the thing you’ll miss the most regarding writing in the Ouray setting?
Though I was able to explore a lot of uniqueness of Ouray, I will miss all the opportunities that are hidden in that remarkable, rugged landscape. If you really explore Ouray, you find things there that you just don’t have in other places. And it’s fun to use those unique offerings to create challenges for my characters.
Unlike Ouray, Bliss, Texas is a fictitious town, though it’s every bit as quaint and charming with its own history. The first book in the series, A Father’s Promise, will be out in July and I recently received my cover. Isn’t that baby adorable? Here’s a little bit about the story.
Is he ready for fatherhood?
He doesn’t think he deserves a family… But now he has a daughter.
Stunned to discover he has a child, Wes Bishop isn’t sure he’s father material. But his adorable daughter needs him, and he can’t help feeling drawn to her mother, Laurel Donovan—a woman he’s finally getting to know. But can this sudden dad overcome a past tragedy that has him convinced he’s not meant to be a husband or a father…and make a promise of forever?
Thanks for having me, Lindi. You know I always love chatting with you.
Look at that cover!!! Beautiful. I can’t wait to start this new series.
Back to the Rocky Mountain Hero series. I can’t tell you how much joy I had reading about the Stephens brothers. It was a journey into a family for sure. Laughs, tears, and everything in between. I hope you guys can check out the series.
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