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Sinfully’s Mark interviews author Lexi Ander and puts her through her paces. However, don’t worry Lexi gets the chance to turn the tables on Mark where she interviews him. Want to know some of their secrets?
Mark Interviews Lexi Ander
The first generic question I have Lexi, that every reader and reviewer I guess always likes to know is, how did you start or get into writing M/M Romance and what kind of characters?
I started writing M/M romance because I was having a tough time finding the stories I wanted to read. The first book I wrote, Twin Flames, was a reaction to reading several books in a row where shifter mates were behaving badly and the consequence for their actions didn't fit the deed. The mate bond trumped everything and all wrongs were immediately forgiven. So I started a story about the mate bond being broken and what came afterwards.
What kind of characters? All kinds, really: assassins, lost children, adopted princes, characters from places where you don't dare walk the streets without a weapon, from shifters to druids to regular joes. Although, after I did a quick count the other day I discovered many of my characters were veterans or had served in the military in the world I was writing in. In Keeping Faith, AJ was a former Marine. In Salvaging Toby's Heart, Toby was a veteran of the Federation. In Darksoul, Sunder Alard was a Fleet Commander. In the Valespian Pact, Dargon Kal-Turak was ship's captain and royal spy. In Fate & Destinies (coming next year) Ewen Mhic Friscalach fought in the Battle of Renfrewshire on the side of King Malcolm against the invading army of the King of the Isles. Next year I'm tackling a historical Texas Ranger who is a veteran of the Civil War.
Have you ever served or been connected to the military in any way?
I came this close ----> <---- to signing up for the Marines my senior year of high school. My grandfathers served in the Merchant Marines. I have a large extended family and many of my uncles and cousins are also veterans. The ones who are the closest to me are my youngest brother Duane served as a peace keeper after the Bosnian War, completing eight years in the army, my cousin Eric served in the Gulf who came home with PTSD, and Benjamin who was career army served in the Gulf and who specialized in disarming landmines. Ben passed a couple of years ago in a motorcycle accident. (Wear your helmets! Please.)
Have you ever been to Europe? If yes, where? If not, where would you like to visit and why?
I have never been to Europe but I hope to go in the next couple of years. The places I would love to visit with be Loch Rannoch in Scotland. It is where I set Fate & Destines and all the pictures I had of the area came from google maps. (The street view was so freakin' helpful.) I would love to see the area in person. After checking out England I would love to visit Germany. My brother visited on leave when he served and sent back all of these awesome pictures. I have always wanted to see the Black Forest. And Spain is a must because—Food. I would love to go during one of their food festivals and just try everything. ^_^
You say you have visited 35 States so far, do you intend to do the other 15 at some stage? Do you have a favourite state and why?
I love Arizona. Tour the turquoise mines of Bisbee and watching a reenactment of the Shoot Out of the OK Corral in Tombstone. Tuscan and Phoenix at the base of mountains with tall prickly cactus that you can tell how many centuries old they are by the number of arms they have. October Fest (Beer!) on Mount Lemon and a month later skiing (and then you go back down into the valley where you hit the 70-80 winter temps). Going north you can see the Petrified Forest and Montezuma Castle. Love Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. Another big plus is that I have a lot of relatives there I don't get to see very often.
Giving up your day job and turning to writing professionally must have been a scary thing. Can you tell us how you felt at the time? What was your motivation to do it?
What I felt and the motivation went hand in hand. I was burned out in regards to my career. Seriously, I was ready to quit and become a Walmart greeter, that was how done I was with my job. It wasn't a sudden decision. We saved up for a couple of years, paid off everything we could to be debt free so that I could write fulltime. When I handed in my keys to the company—utter relief. Even though I knew writing full time would be hard, gruelling, risky, and I probably wouldn't even come close to making the salary that I earned in the corporate world—I didn't care. I am no stranger to hard work, and yes, there is a little fear involved. In the beginning, the relief I felt pushed that fear aside for a great while. But at the end of the day, when I'm holding a paperback with my name on it—the journey is completely worth it. :)
If I were your fairy godmother and I could give you three wishes, what would they be?
Wishes are such hard questions. LOL! I definitely would wish for peace. I am very tender hearted and a bad news day can make me cry. I know that there will always be differences but violence doesn't need to be in the equation leading to a resolution.
My second wish would be to have better programs for our homeless, whether it be for veterans, LGBT, domestic abuse survivors, or some poor soul down on their luck. I wish that I had the ability to help them all.
My third wish is purely selfish… someone to do all my editing for me! :)
Thank you for having over today! I had a great time with the questions.
Meet Lexi Ander
Lexi has always been an avid reader and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother's romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her 80 pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.
Connect with Lexi
Rapid Fire Q&A ~ Lexi’s Answer’s
- Chocolate/Vanilla ~ Lexi: Vanilla
- Coke/Pepsi ~ Lexi: Coke
- Morning/Night ~ Lexi: Night
- Coffee/Tea ~ Lexi: Coffee
- Summer/Winter ~ Lexi: Winter
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