Today I’m interviewing Roxy Boroughs, writer of romantic suspense with a touch of paranormal. Welcome, and thanks for coming today, Roxy!
Thanks for having me. It’s great to be here.
Roxy is giving away a copy of her novella, A STRANGER’S KISS to one lucky commenter. And that’s not all! The winner will also get their pick of a second prize. She’ll tell you more about that later on, but for now I’ve got questions I need answers to:)
All writers read as often as they can. Which genre are you drawn to as a reader, Roxy? Do you prefer to read in the same genre as your WIP or do you mix it up?
I read anything and everything. Romance, Literary Fiction, Thrillers, Historicals, Mysteries, Erotica, Biographies—you name it, I’ve read it. As an author, I think you need to expose yourself to different genres. Some of my favorite writers are J. R. Ward, Lee Child, Nicci French, Joy Fielding, Emma Donoghue, Harper Lee, and E. C. Sheedy. And, of course I’ve read all the other novellas in the Bandit Creek Books series, of which A STRANGER’S KISS is a part. But, generally, I gravitate to Romantic Suspense.
That’s quite a variety. Is there something readers would be surprised to learn about you.
In my earlier days, I was an actor, and I’ve had a few small parts in movies. I carried a picket sign behind the delightful Jean Stapleton in A MATTER OF SEX. And I played a bank teller in WHITE LIES, which featured the singer Jann Arden in a wonderfully eccentric part.
Wow, we have a star with us today:) Who is your favorite hero?
I’m a big STAR TREK fan, so Captain Kirk was my first love. I liked his bravery, loyalty, and those numerous shirtless moments.
I often get readers asking if I “rehearse” my love scenes, or if I enjoy the up close and personal “research” aspect. Do you get these kind of questions, and if so, how do you handle them?
I tell them, I always perform my own stunts.
That’s a great line. I’ll have to remember it:)
Once I’ve disarmed them with humor, I explain, seriously, that authors couldn’t possibly do all the things contained in their books. I’ve killed off characters, but I’ve never killed a person. While fiction may have its bases in fact, most of it springs from the author’s imagination.
Imagination is the key word there. What scares you in a mystery or suspense story?
Fear comes from empathy. If an author hasn’t made me care about their characters, there’s nothing that’s going to scare me. There could be non-stop battles with zombies, serial killers, or flocks of angry birds, but if I don’t feel for the people in the book, I’m not going to break a sweat.
You write romantic suspense with a kiss of paranormal. What’s your paranormal element of choice?
In A STRANGER’S KISS, I have a ghost. He’s the murdered son of the hero, but only the heroine’s little girl is able to see and communicate with the apparition.
Ooh, child ghosts. Talk about making the reader care! What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the same of research?
This isn’t particularly weird, but ended up being a lot of fun. For my novel A STRANGER’S TOUCH, which runs parallel to A STRANGER’S KISS time-wise, I wanted a remote setting. I chose the Northwest Territories. Now, there are some reality shows that take place there. But, at the time I was doing research, I couldn’t find much in the way of books or photos. So I decided I’d have to go there myself. Two of my writing buddies, Suzanne Stengl and Brenda Collins, who both have upcoming novellas, decided to tag along with me for a girls’ road trip. We had a great time and saw some absolutely breathtaking scenery. It’s truly a beautiful place.
That sounds wonderful—girl time and time with other writers all at once! A road trip like that must have made the creative juices flow. What can readers expect next from you?
I have an Urban Fantasy called WOLFEN TIME, coming out in the spring. I’m following that with another Romantic Suspense in my STRANGER’S line.
That’s great to hear. I love series books,. It’s nice to go back and visit familiar settings and faces. Alright Roxy, our readers want to know more about the prizes you’re offering today. Fill us in!
2 FOR 1 PRIZE PACKAGE
One lucky commentator will win a copy of A STRANGER’S KISS from Amazon.com. Along with that novella, the winner will also receive one other Bandit Creek book of their choice. Check out the selection at Bandit Creek Books. All you have to do is leave a comment mentioning which second title you would pick and why.
That’s awesome news! Thank you so much. All right, readers. Before you go off to to check out Bandit Creek, read on for a taste of A STRANGER’S KISS.
BOOK BLURB FOR A STRANGER’S KISS
am Hutchinson, a high profile lawyer, is devastated by the murder of his son. Hoping to gain closure by learning more about the suspected killer, Sam traces the murderer’s roots to Bandit Creek, Montana.
There, against a serene mountain backdrop, he finds Amy Tesher. Lies are Amy’s camouflage, all fabricated to escape the secrets of her past. And to protect her eleven-year-old daughter, Renee, who is able to communicate with Sam’s ghostly son.
Unaware of Sam’s real mission, Amy takes him into the boarding house she’s inherited from her grandmother. Just as the serial killer returns, to take possession of Amy…and her daughter.
“Roxy Boroughs has it all—humor, suspense, and the kind of raw emotion that makes romantic suspense worth reading. This genre has a bright new star.”Lecia Cornwall author of Secrets of A Proper Countess, an RT Reviewers Choice nominee.
“Packed with romance, suspense, and a happily-ever-after guaranteed to leave you laughing and crying,A Stranger’s Kiss had me riveted from the opening page!” Julie Rowe author of IceBound.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Roxy. I had a blast! And readers, don’t forget to go check out the other Bandit Creek Books, then come back here to let Roxy know which book you’d choose, and why, if you won today’s contest.
CONTACT AND BUY LINKS
A STRANGER’S KISS
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Before turning her attentions to writing, Roxy appeared in several TV commercials and movies. She writes interactive murder-mysteries for Pegasus Performances, had a prize-winning short story produced by CBC and published in Alberta Anthology, and co-authored the book Ghost Stories of Heritage Park, on sale at the popular historical village in Calgary, Alberta.
The novella A Stranger’s Kiss is the stand-alone sequel to her book A Stranger’s Touch, winner of The Writer’s Voice Award.