Janet Dean answers a few questions about her latest novel, The Bride Wore Spurs (Love Inspired Historical): She doesn't love him, but will that keep him from loving her?
What inspired your latest Romance The Bride Wore Spurs?
I grew up with a steady diet of TV Westerns and was enamored by handsome cowboys like Lone Ranger, Cheyenne, Wyatt Earp and Little Joe Cartwright. My previous books have been set in small Midwestern towns, but I couldn't resist riding West and creating my own hunky Texas cowboy.
What do you think readers will find interesting about this story?
I think they'll find the history interesting as well as restrictions imposed on women at that time.
Who is your favorite character in this book?
Hannah Parrish is my favorite character. I admire her strength as she pursues her goals and her love for her father and the land. I also empathize with her weaknesses.
This story is set on a ranch in Texas. What kind of research did you conduct for this book?
I researched the setting, the changes in ranching brought on by barbed wire, the railroad and windmills. I watched births of calves on You Tube. I talked to friends who raise cattle. I visited the museum in Fort Worth. I'd already turned in my book, but I also climbed aboard a tethered longhorn. They're huge!
How does your faith influence your writing?
I want my stories to honor God. Before I write I ask for His wisdom. I want to tell the story He wants written. My characters either possess the Christian worldview or will come to faith during the story. As most of us do, they struggle in their faith walk. By the story's end, they've learned a valuable lesson that strengthens their faith.
Why did you feel you had to tell this story?
Hannah was so determined to prove herself as an independent woman and capable rancher that she failed to trust God's plan for her life. I don't think she's alone in that. I hope her story will help those who struggle with trust.