Stories of Chance by Brenda Collins & Roxy Boroughs: Interview & Giveaway

Roxy Boroughs got the acting bug in elementary school, creating skits at recess and performing them for the class, thanks to her very indulgent teacher. She went on to study theater in university, met the love of her life there, and spent many years performing in movies, commercials and on stages across Canada and the US. Soon, portraying one character wasn’t enough. She wanted to be them all. So she poured her years of drama experience into writing plays and novels.

Look for her award-winning romantic suspense A STRANGER’S TOUCH, as well as its sequel, A STRANGER’S KISS, along with a sweet, romantic comedy called CRAZY FOR COWBOY. Find her on Facebook, Twitterand her website

Brenda M. Collins has wanted to write romance since she was twelve years old. At the age of twenty, she spoke to an editor in Toronto, Canada, who expressed an interest in her story; however, she soon realized it takes more than an idea to be an author. She joined a number of writing groups to learn about ‘the craft’ and completed two mystery manuscripts. To help her fellow writers develop strong business skills, Brenda has published articles, and delivered workshops to hundreds of writers, on career planning, professional networking and presentation skills. Her most recent article, entitled How to Improve your Presentations, is in the 2013 Writer’s Market (Brewer, R.L., ed. F&W Media Inc. p. 153).

Brenda’s debut novel, WITCH IN THE WIND, starts with a murder, but comes to life with witches, warlocks, a canine familiar and a magical dimension called The Otherland. For upcoming titles in The Otherland Chronicles, and other stories, keep an eye on Brenda’s website www.brendamcollins.comand follow her on Twitter.

Author Interview with Brenda M. Collins

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Stories of Chance Romance is more than ‘our book’— it belongs to all the women who face breast cancer and to the teams of family, friends and medical professionals who support them on their journey. And the stories will make you smile and remember when…!

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

I’ve always been fascinated by Amelia Earhart. Maybe it’s because, among her many accomplishments as a pilot, she took off from my home province of Newfoundland on May 20, 1932 and became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic when she landed in Ireland. Midflight, poor weather forced her to change her destination—with tenacity and courage, she adapted.  Whenever I hit obstacles, whether they are in my life journey or in my story arcs, I picture myself flying over the Atlantic with the wind in my hair, breathing in the fresh salt air. It reminds me that I can also find the tenacity and courage to reset my compass and head in a new direction. It works every time! And in one of life’s great irony’s, Roxy once played Amelia Earhart in a school play. Obviously we were destined to meet!

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

Roxy and I really enjoyed working together on the Chance Romance project but we each have stand-alone books lined up next. Roxy is working on a time travel with werewolves and another romantic comedy with a playful ghost in it. I’m doing a sequel to Witch in the Wind as well as working on a story about a female PI on a diamond laundering case. Of course, we’re always critique partners. I’d never finish a book at all without Roxy’s encouragement, advice and occasional kick in the pants.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

You can be inspired to write a particular story, but I’m not sure you can be inspired to become a writer. I think Roxy would agree when I say, writers write. We can’t help ourselves. My mother reminded me recently that, when I was in elementary school, probably only seven or eight years old, I would sit in the kitchen with her to work on a story for school. No matter how late it got, I would struggled to find exactly the right word for a sentence—and she might have to suggest four or five before I’d agree. Then I’d get really excited when we hit on the one I felt was perfect. I remember feeling, even then, that there was a rhythm and flow to each sentence.

What is your dream cast for your book?

We’d put Johnny Depp in any book, any time, no questions asked! It wouldn’t matter if a woman was 19 or 90, she couldn’t help falling in love with him. He could even play the female parts as far as we’re concerned.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

The Power of Love, sung by Celine Dion, would work for all the stories in the collection.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

I can’t limit it to one, so let’s say, Roxy’s advice would be ‘Read everything’ and my advice would be ‘Never give up’.

What is your favorite quote?

This is where our personality differences show up again. Roxy is a romantic and loves to quote, George Sand, who is actually a female French novelist from the 1800’s, who wrote, “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”While I’m pathologically optimistic so my favorite quote of the moment is, “Everything you want in life is just one step away; all you have to do is decide in which direction to step.” I have no idea who said it.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

Once I got past wanting to be a princess, I knew I wanted to be a writer. It just took me a long time to follow through.

Which authors have influence you most how?

The first one who leaps to mind is Dame Agatha Christie. Unlike my siblings, I was slow to see the appeal of reading. My school’s required reading list was not very exciting —when was Thomas Hardy’s The Woodlanders ever considered YA fiction? In desperation,  my mother bought me my first romantic suspense, which led to Agatha and there was no turning back. She hooked me with And Then There Were None and pulled me through her entire series to Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case. Having waited until this year to fully focus on my fiction writing, I still take courage from the fact Agatha didn’t start her writing career until late in life and kept going up into her 80’s. I plan to do the same!

The other one is Nora Roberts. I heard her speak at an RWA Conference in New York, when someone asked her how she found the time to write given family obligations and other conflicting responsibilities. Her typically blunt response has stayed with me. She said, “Who’s the boss of you?” We all have to make choices about our commitment to our writing and how we balance it with our other responsibilities – but it is our decision to make. If it’s important to you, you find the time.

What do you do in your free time?

What free time???? I write, do the dishes, I write, walk the dogs, I write, I have coffee with Roxy, I write… get the picture. LOL

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

The Late Bloomer, by Brenda M. Collins. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was 12 years old but I let LIFE get in the way. Even though I joined writers groups, wrote two mystery  manuscripts that still live under my bed, and read every creative writing reference book I could find, it is only in the last year that I fully committed to becoming an author and published my first story, Witch in the Wind.

Favorite quote from a movie?

When Roxy and I talked about this question we had to laugh at how different our choices were. She’s so sentimental! Her favorite is from The Wizard of Oz when the Wizard says to the Tin Man, “A heart is not measured by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others.”  I’m in the midst of repurposing my life after a long (read, stressful) career, so no surprise that my quote is when Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society says, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

In one of my previous jobs, I sat in a meeting with the CIA on one side of the table and the KGB on the other. If that catches your interest, you might want to visit to find out what’s made my life extraordinary so far.

Stories of Chance Romance

Here’s to finding love in any place, at any time!


This collection of eleven short stories of chance romance reflects the hope that comes with the first bloom of romance, whether you find it in your youth, midlife, or the twilight years.

We dedicate Stories of Chance Romance to all the women who face breast cancer and to the teams of family, friends and medical professionals who support them on their journey.

Like so many woman, we have been closely and personally touched by this disease. Roxy was diagnosed and successfully treated in 2010—the same year Brenda lost her very dear friend, Mary Beggan, to breast cancer.


All authors’ profits from the sale of this anthology are being donated to advance the research, education, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

The authors are giving a Kindle copy of “Crazy for Cowboy” by Roxy Boroughs (a sweet romantic comedy) and “Witch in the Wind” (a sweet paranormal/fantasy romance) by Brenda M. Collins.

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