Interview with LEXI BLAKE
Q: What’s your inspiration for the Masters and Mercenaries series? What is the series about? What connects all the books in the series?
The Masters and Mercenaries series is completely inspired by my love of James Bond films. I grew up watching them and loved the action and the crazy gadgets. When I got to be older, I always wanted for Bond to fall in love and stay in love. Since that is never going to happen in the movies, I decided it would be fun to do the romantic suspense version. Masters and Mercenaries is about a team of ex Special Forces operatives who form a company of their own, but also do work for the world’s intelligence agencies. At the heart of the series, McKay-Taggart Security Services is really a family and that’s what connects each book.
Q: Tell us about YOU ONLY LOVE TWICE, and its main characters, Phoebe Graham and
Phoebe and Jesse have been circling each other for a while. They’ve been around since book four and their book is number eight. It’s one of the things about Masters and Mercenaries. Character’s arcs can go across multiple books. I rarely simply introduce two characters and have them go at it. I like slow burns. Since the moment Jesse joined McKay-Taggart, they’ve been attracted, but Phoebe has a secret she’s been hiding for years. Jesse knows her as the company’s accounting manager, but she’s actually a spy planted specifically to watch him.
Read more on page 39 in the January ezine. Click on the picture below.