Mina Beckett is an award-winning author of small-town romance and masterful storyteller. Her words paint a vivid picture of love in all its complexities, with ruggedly charming men and fiercely independent women. Whether it's the bittersweet ache of first love or the fiery passion of a forbidden affair, Mina captures every emotion with raw honesty and unapologetic sensuality. With her keen insight into the human heart, she weaves tales that leave readers spellbound and yearning for more.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Mina left behind her small town life for the rugged expanses of West Texas. It was there that she discovered her true creative fire, surrounded by cowboys, horses, and the ranching way of life. The harsh, untamed beauty of the land and the colorful characters who called it home inspired her stories. With a deep connection to place and a focus on strong bonds of friendship and family, her writing captures the essence of the wild west. And her debut novel, "The Heartbreak Cowboy," was just the beginning of her journey as a writer.
Alongside her passion for spinning tales, Mina enjoys painting. A self-taught mixed-media artist, she pours her heart and soul into creating works that reflect the depth and characters of her stories. Whether it's through tantalizing tales or vibrant visuals, Mina masterfully paints a rich panorama of life, love, and everything in between.
Mina and her husband reside on a bustling farm nestled within the breathtaking Appalachian Mountains. It's a place that's brimming with life, from rescue dogs with tails always wagging, to miniature horses that are just adorable, to stubbornly endearing donkeys, and goats.
"A lifelong romance enthusiast, I began my love affair with the genre at fifteen, consuming every Harlequin romance I could find. With authors like Elizabeth Lowell and Diana Palmer shaping my literary tastes, my path to becoming a romance writer was inadvertently set, even though it wasn't my childhood dream.
My early career goals were split between buisness and an interest in architecture. I relished crafting stories in high school (thanks, Mrs. Mendez!), but also loved designing things with my hands. After earning degrees in technology, education and business, my passion for writing resurfaced. This time, I couldn't ignore it.
I began my writing journey in the secrecy of my laundry room, honing the craft night after night. It was there I confessed to my husband, "I write sexy romance," and he encouraged me to take the leap and submit my work to a publisher.
My writing career started in 2008. Between a full-time job, my son's sports games, and grad school, I managed to publish three books.
One of those books was The Heartbreak Cowboy, a story I wrote alongside my master’s thesis.
My writing journey took a turn when I attended a Romance Writers of America conference, where I had the fortune to learn from Liz Maverick. Her support led me to write a proposal for the Coldiron Cowboy series, which eventually landed me a literary agent.
However, my path wasn't without obstacles. I faced rejections and was even asked to majorly rewrite my work to imitate another author's style. Despite the disappointment, I knew I had to stay true to my voice.
In 2018, I embraced indie publishing and released The Heartbreak Cowboy under my own imprint, CurtissLynn Publishing. Since then, I've learned that my voice and my stories are unique, and that's perfectly okay. Today, I continue to write the kind of romance I love, unapologetically and authentically."