Author Interview with JD Lexx (@JDLexx)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International attorney, award-winning journalist and last of a modest raconteur bloodline, J.D. Lexx has been a storyteller for most of his life and a student of humanity for even longer. Perhaps it’s no wonder that he takes such pleasure in the subtle tease of the written word, in kindling curiosity with every shared tale, then daring the imagination to continue on beyond The End.

A traveler by nature, Lexx spends most of his time between the frenzied streets of New York and the slower pace of New Orleans’ Vieux Carré. When not exploring the sensual psyche through his writing, he can usually be found honing his skills in the kitchen or working alongside charitable organizations to promote literacy and tolerance— two causes not only reflected in his work, but forever dear to his heart.

 

We are pleased to have him here for an interview.

 

Welcome, to get started, why don’t you tell us about yourself and the genre you write?

 

 

Hi, and thanks so much for having me. Of course my name is J.D. Lexx. I’m a lawyer, a former journalist, and just the kind of guy who’s probably tried everything at least once. Well-rounded, I like to call it, though I’m sure some others might prefer the term “crazy.” I just love to learn. I live for it. And then I take every chance I get to give that knowledge back in ways that make the world a slightly better place.

 

The genre(s) I write? That’s a much tougher question. I’m not sure I know that yet! Yes, I love to write with sensual flair, but I always enjoy the challenge of bridging sexy, arousing stories with a professional and dynamic storytelling style. If I had to label them, right now I might categorize my books as sensual thrillers with plenty of romantic twists. Sometimes dark. Sometimes playful and ridiculous. Basically all the most compelling parts of being alive.

 

 

How long have you been writing, and what inspired you to write the genre you love?

 

 

Honestly, I’ve always been a writer. It’s in my veins and colors everything I do. To this day, I hold the record for longest standing ovation ever received in a third grade creative writing class. And yes, I’m taking that with me to the grave. As a journalist, I was always the one tasked with writing any story that required personality. As a lawyer, I was asked to write the technical briefs of others. When I was too busy for that, I was asked to edit them instead. It took many years and a lot of dead ends to bring me to today but I feel like I am finally doing what I was meant to do—using the most powerful words I can manage to help break down barriers and stigmas that we’ve endured far too long already.

I think that’s part of what helps inspire my writing. I want to help return the dimension to sensual novels. I feel like a lot of readers are turned away by an epidemic lack of depth in the genre these days and that’s kind of tragic. I’d really like to see that trend reversed.

 

How many books have you published? Also what kind of support do you receive with your passion?

 

 

So far, I have four books published and a couple more projects essentially completed. I’m still learning and feel like every day brings a new set of obstacles but the support I’ve received from readers and newfound friends along the way has been the most amazing blessing. To find people who believe in me enough to volunteer their own time and energy to help get the word out is more humbling than I can explain. But it’s also intense motivation to keep pushing to be the best I can possibly be. They say you need to write for yourself and I do, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t also write to deepen the connection with all those incredible people who have picked up one of my books, and then gone on to pick up others afterwards.

 

 

How many books have you written so far, and which of them did you find to be the most and those that were very challenging?

 

 

I think I’ve lost count of how many I’ve written—or partially written—and have sitting around the desk in various states of disarray. Isn’t that the author’s curse though? Too many ideas and never enough time. In that, I find the prioritization and focus to be the most challenging aspect. Not because I can’t keep myself driven but because I’m probably too driven, and in too many directions, to keep any linear energy. As for the books themselves, however, I make it a personal point to add a new challenge to each so I’m never falling into a rut with my stories and my readers can rest assured they’ll always get something new.

 

 

Describe the kind of audience you want to aim for? How do you define your style unique from others?

 

 

Hmmm, that’s a great question. “Unique” is actually the single most used word I tend to hear in relation to my writing style. Hopefully it’s being used in the good way more often than not! I’d have to say, my target audience would be the true reader. I don’t think I have it in me to write a book you can simply skim or speed read. I strongly believe that a book should kidnap you while you’re with it—drag you away to some other place and hold you there until you can almost feel and smell your surroundings.

 

In the short time I’ve been doing this professionally, I’ve had quite a few people come up to me and tell me that my style effectively raised their expectations of the books they go on to read. Sometimes they say it with gratitude and other times, it feels like they’re almost cursing me for it, but for me that’s a huge compliment either way. I don’t aspire to write in volume or put out as many books as humanly possible. There’s enough of that out there already. I write in the hopes that I might leave some tiny mark or spark some minuscule change. To me, that’s what it’s all about.

 

 

 

When you write, are you more character-driven or story-driven? Also, do you aim for realism or just fiction?

 

 

I strive for a healthy balance of both. In a sense, it’s my goal to make the story itself one of the main characters as it brings the others together. It’s safe to say there’s a spark of truth in each of my stories and I work hard to keep them grounded in the kind of gritty realism that makes them relatable. I want to set a stage of credibility where you’re left wondering how much of this is true, even while you’re distracted by a vibrant surrounding that keeps you engaged and right alongside the players.

 

 

Tell us about your current release, Malediction: Rise of the Crimson Confessions? When was it released?

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My latest release is titled Malediction: Rise of the Crimson Confessions. It was released this past March and the response has been mind-blowing. I’m still finding my place in the genre so every bit of positive feedback is wonderful. And what I love most about the reaction I’ve received to it is that it’s been so incredibly genuine. The story within the story in this novel really seems to touch people, and obviously that really touches me.

 

 

Do you have a little excerpt teasers to share, so our readers could get an idea?

 

 

You know, it’s funny you should ask that. I just so happen to keep an excerpt or two with me at all times, for exactly this kind of situation! Let’s see, how about one from Malediction…

 

Excerpt –

 

“Who’s my girl?”he asked.

 

Without hesitation, she responded in her sincerest voice, one only used when she really, really wants something. “I am, Sir.”

 

Apparently, that was all he needed to hear. With the same consideration he showed to her blouse, Hunt ripped away the black lace of Elise’s bra, allowing her breasts to fall full and heavy into his hands. Taking each nipple between a thumb and forefinger, he squeezed, gently at first, as if rationing his cruelty to prolong her torment. His pinch tightened and torqued with no signs of mercy, sending her body into wild convulsions that raced outward in visible waves from her core to every extremity. Only after he eased the pressure did she release her first orgasmic groan as her hips and shoulders began to rattle the hollow metal door. “Wow…”The only word I could articulate, I made sure to do so quietly. How long had all this laid dormant? And what would happen now that we woke it? I may have had a gorgeous young redhead nibbling on my ear, but nothing could pull my focus from that door and the unfolding realization. My wife is, and always has been, a submissive in alpha wolf’s clothing. How on earth had I missed it?

Here are some teasers to J.D. Lexx’s Malediction

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How long did it take you to complete your project, and is there anything trivial you’d like to share about your book; something people weren’t aware of at the time you wrote the story?

 

 

I believe it took about a year to complete Malediction. But then, I followed it up with an as-yet-unpublished novel which I wrote in just three months. For me, that’s pretty unprecedented because I do not believe in writing some maximum number of words daily or weekly. I simply aim to write the best words I can.

 

 

What other projects are you currently working on, and what do you expect readers to hear about you in the near future?

 

 

I’m currently working on a new Crimson Confession, as well as a couple other side projects. As much as I love writing them, I look forward to expanding the world of Lexx beyond the Confessions series and to giving my readers a little something different. I’m really excited about the things the future holds and I can’t wait to share more.

 

 

Is there any advice you could give to others that want to get into writing?

 

 

The one piece of advice I always give to anyone who asks is to put in the work learning the craft. By that, I mean don’t aspire to write fast; aspire to write passionately. Take the time to get down the grammar and expand your vocabulary. Don’t be afraid of either.  Remember, you aren’t just putting yourself out there to the world. You’re offering a small sliver of yourself to history. Make it the best version of you that you’re capable of. Make it one you’re proud to show.

 

Beyond that, I’d say to hell with advice. Just go write your story! Enjoy the journey. The first step tends to be the toughest.

 

 

Where can readers purchase your books?

 

 

Malediction is currently available for sale at Amazon and for download on Kindle Unlimited. My first three Crimson Confession stories are also on Amazon, as well as every major retail book site. I’d love to hear what you think of them!

 

 

Thank you so much for coming on here, and we hope to see you on here again. Before we go, where can readers find you (i.e blogs, websites, social network links)?

 

 

Thanks again for inviting me. This has been a blast and I’d love to be back some day soon.

 

I really love connecting with new readers so please feel free to check out my website at www.jdlexx.com. I’ve got plenty of excerpts and buy links on there, as well as a link to my blog and newsletter. I’m also pretty active on social media these days so come say hi sometime. You can find me all over the place, including:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLexx/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JDLexx

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/J.D.-Lexx/e/B010XROTOC

International attorney, award-winning journalist and last of a modest raconteur bloodline, J.D. Lexx has been a storyteller for most of his life and a student of humanity for even longer. Perhaps it’s no wonder that he takes such pleasure in the subtle tease of the written word, in kindling curiosity with every shared tale, then daring the imagination to continue on beyond The End.

A traveler by nature, Lexx spends most of his time between the frenzied streets of New York and the slower pace of New Orleans’ Vieux Carré. When not exploring the sensual psyche through his writing, he can usually be found honing his skills in the kitchen or working alongside charitable organizations to promote literacy and tolerance— two causes not only reflected in his work, but forever dear to his heart.

 

You can find more books by J.D. Lexx here:

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Food Lust (A Crimson Confession Book 1) –

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Two-Way Glass (A Crimson Confession Book 2) –

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Order of the Orchidarion (A Crimson Confession Book 3) –

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Malediction – Rise of the Crimson Confessions –

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