Jax: Welcome to Maddox Industries, Miss Locker. Please come in and have a seat.
Nicole: (Eyeing the sofa with a questionable glare) Thank you. I appreciate you inviting me here today. (Sits down hesitantly, recalling things that happened right where I’m sitting, trying not to think about it.)
Jax: Certainly. I always make time for my most valued clients.
Nicole: Well, aren’t you flattering today? (Typical ladies man, eh?)
Jax: (With a wry smile) I do what I can.
Nicole: (Looks past Jax to the floor-to-ceiling windows behind him overlooking the City of Dallas.) That really is a great view. You can see the entire city from up here.
Jax: Why were you so averse to meeting me here? Come to think of it, this is the first time you’ve been to my office, is it not?
Nicole: Uh, yes. Definitely. I don’t do heights. (Feels a slight urge to vomit, trying to keep my head from spinning.)
Jax: (humorous chuckle)
Nicole: So let’s get right to it, shall we?
Jax: Absolutely. I’m all yours.
Nicole: For those who don’t know you yet, can you explain a little about yourself?
Jax: About myself. Hmm. Well, I’d consider myself to be a successful businessman. I run a multi-billion dollar company that I initially inherited from my father, Walter Maddox, about ten years ago, before tripling our profits over the past decade.
Nicole: Ten years ago? You must have been really young! That’s impressive.
Jax: Yes, about twenty-five at the time. Needless to say, I’ve learned a lot in ten years.
Nicole: You’re very charismatic, though. It seems to come naturally for you.
Jax: It’s not without hard work, but I would say I have a talent for persuasion.
Nicole: (No disagreement from me there.) And what kinds of things does your company do?
Jax: We do a little bit of everything, from local real-estate investments, to international trades, and several things in between.
Nicole: That sounds kind of vague. Any elaboration?
Jax: (He gives me a sinister grin.) I won’t be giving out any trade secrets today, if that’s what you’re hoping. But for example… I do a lot of investing in existing companies about to go under that I restructure and turn into profitable ventures.
Nicole: I see. Anything new in the works at the moment?
Jax: I’m looking at a prospect in Boston at the moment. We’ll see how it goes. (His sly grin returns, and I get the idea he already knows how it’s going to go.)
Nicole: You mentioned your father, Walter. Can you tell us a little about him?
Jax: I’d rather not.
Nicole: We didn’t really get to know much about him in the book, but it sounds like there might be some tension there.
Jax: (Says nothing, gives me a look that says he’s not backing down on this one.)
Nicole: (Eyes him and pauses to be sure. Then shrugs in defeat.) Okay, then. What about your mother? Doesn’t she help you run a branch of Maddox Industries?
Jax: (Face lights up) Yes, she does. Victoria runs the Young Foundation, which is a philanthropic branch of Maddox Industries.
Nicole: Not many people know that the Young Foundation is associated with Maddox Industries. Is there a reason you don’t really publicize this?
Jax: (Shrugs dismissively) I give Victoria total control and free reign of that branch while I tend to other matters. It’s not a secret, but I see no reason to boast my company’s good deeds. I prefer to let my work speak for itself.
Nicole: (Nods.) Let’s switch gears here for a minute, if you don’t mind. I know that things got pretty intense recently with a certain young brunette you’ve had your sights set on. Has the dust had a chance to settle on all of that?
Jax: (Presses his lips into a thin line) Things are starting to calm down. We have some hurdles we still need to get over, but I’ve yet to face a challenge I can’t overcome.
Nicole: So things are… good between the two of you?
Jax: (A wide smile creeps across his face and he gives a suggestive eyebrow raise.) You know I like to keep my personal affairs private, Miss Locker.
Nicole: I’m sure Perla appreciates that. (I chuckle, getting all the answer I need from the look on his face.)
Jax: And what about you? Anyone special in your life at the moment?
Nicole: Hey, this interview isn’t about me. You let me ask the questions.
Jax: My apologies.
Nicole: So I just have one more question for you this evening, but it’s the most important question of all.
Jax: (He leans back in his chair.) My interest is piqued. Fire away, Miss Locker.
Nicole: Give the readers one good reason why they should read yours and Perla’s story, Tragedy and Desire.
Jax: One good reason? I can do better than that. I’ll give you three.
Nicole: (Smiles and nods for him to proceed.)
Jax: One – because if they don’t read it, they’ll never know what happened on the couch you’re sitting on right now.
Nicole: (Tries hard not to cringe, but gets a seriously hot mental picture which makes it totally worth it.)
Jax: Two – because you’ll meet characters, like myself, some of which you’ll hate to love, and some of which you’ll love to hate.
Nicole: I can agree with that.
Jax: And three – because the sequel is going to be even hotter than this one. And they’re really not going to want to miss that one, but first thing’s first.
Nicole: Yes, so it is. Excellent reasons, Jax. Well, I want to thank you again for making the time to meet with me tonight. I know you are a busy, busy man.
Jax: It’s always a pleasure, Miss Locker. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Nicole: Very soon. (Wink.)