Interview with Lexxi James, Author of Marked

26 Oct 2022

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Marked?

Second chance romances are butter for my soul, and what better way to showcase one than with a hot former sniper and his best friend’s baby sister? And because my fiancé is from the picturesque Adirondack Mountains, it provided the perfect backdrop for Mark “Danger Zone” Donovan and his childhood nemesis Jess Bishop. I began this story nearly two years ago, popped it on the back burner, and let it simmer until the story, the emotions, and the heat were just right.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Marked, what would they be?

I’m torn between John Legend’s “All of Me” and Avril Lavigne’s “Love it When You Hate Me.”

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I read what I write. I spend every spare moment devouring romantic suspense, military romance, and billionaire romance.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Colleen Hoover’s “It Starts with Us,” Meghan Quinn’s “Runaway Groomsmen,” and Layla Hagan’s “Matchmaking CEO”

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The scene where Mark and Jess connect after 8 years at her charity event. It’s fun and frisky, but also warm and brings them instantly close.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

My quirkiest writing habit? I love to surround myself with my favorite paperbacks and romantic scented candles everywhere I write. Seriously, my laptop and I pop from room to room, and I have little writing nooks everywhere. My current favorite candle is Rifle Paper Company’s Amalfi del Mar.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” –Maya Angelou

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Believe in love. Always.


Lexxi James is the author of the new book Marked

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