Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? My name is Marc Ross and I am the male lead in Blaque Beauty and the Billionaire.
What do you do for a living?
I am a (very) successful property developer and hotelier. My mother would say I am a work-a-holic and she would probably be right. My father and grandfather were both developers and it’s in my blood. There’s nothing like the feeling of conceptualizing a hotel or a residential or commercial space and seeing that vision come to life. My properties are almost like real people to me, with their own personalities and characters. I’m also a tech start-up investor.
How old are you?
39 years young!
Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?
I am the guy who was lucky enough to meet and fall head over heels with the amazing Marlee Winters. She’s unlike any woman I have ever met and It’s going to take a bit of doing for her to see that her first impressions of me are not wrong. But she’s worth it!
Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
I’ve been told I have beautiful eyes. I actually got them from my dad, who was rather embarrassed by them because he was a no-nonsense man who didn’t like unnecessary attention. Our eyes are a weird sort of medium blue with darker blue in the irises. It’s not something I think about much until someone mentions it but, yeah, it’s kind of cool.
Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?
Yes, I have a tattoo on my left shoulder blade of an archangel in memory of my older brother Philip who died in a skiing accident in Switzerland. I also have a tattoo of an Egyptian Ankh below my left ribcage. I got it on a spring break trip to Alexandria with my best friend Everett.
Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?
You know what, I would actually. She is a homebody and I think she should get out more. We both have a love for art, French cuisine and classical architecture so I would fly her to the South of France for a castle tour. Knowing her she would find a way to incorporate it into a new book!
If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?
I wouldn’t mind the ability to read minds. It would have saved me a lot of trouble and money over the years, lol. I can’t think of anything else. I’m a very fortunate individual who has been given opportunities to do a lot of good in the world. But the ability to know exactly what people are all about, what they really want or need or what they’re afraid of could be pretty useful.
What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?
I’m not the most patient person, lol. I don’t like when people don’t know what they want or what they need. To me it means they haven’t taken more time to figure out who they are and what makes them tick. I’ve learned that if you don’t have a strong sense of yourself there are people out there who will be happy to try and define you. I also don’t like phonies. Wealthy people seem to attract superficial people so I’ve gotten to the point where people who are honest and genuinely kind with integrity attract me the most.
What would I love the most about you?
Lol, I’m probably the only billionaire you’ll ever meet with a separate kitchen just for baking – I love to cook! I created a special cupcake filling just for Marlee. Her dad is from the South and her mom is Jamaican so I used passionfruit, mango and strawberries to make a one of a kind dessert for her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary party.
What would I hate the most about you?
Oh wow! Honesty is the best policy, right? I can be a little possessive, as in a lot. I’m not controlling but I’m not big on sharing the people I care about. My mom says I’ve always been that way lol. I should also learn to be a better listener. I’ve gotten used to giving orders lol.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yes, probably a little too accurately – it got me into some hot water!
What is your idea of a perfect day?
Spending time with my dreamgirl – basically convincing her to let me send my plane for her for weekends at the lodge. She’s also really focused on her career. We’re both very active. I’ve gotten her into hiking and she’s gotten me into trail riding. So a perfect day would be riding in the Rockies, dinner at an inn tucked away in the mountains and then a game of strip Scrabble by the fire in our suite. We have yet to finish a game 😉
What is your greatest fear?
Wasting my opportunities, my potential. My father and brother left way too soon and now it’s all on me. They were both good men, strong men who believed you haven’t lived unless you leave something good behind. I can die happy if I’ve done that.
Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?
Whoa! Um, well, a few months ago I would have hoped that person was Marlee! Now I know it is so, yeah, I’m really in a good place now. I’m afraid, however, that you’re referring to my ex. That situation is so absolutely over and I guess I would just say that I wish this level of happiness I now have with Marlee for everyone else out there.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A property developer like my father and grandfather. I was the one kid you did not want to play Monopoly with!
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today? Honestly, spend the day with my mom and my sweetheart. We would simply spend the day reaffirming what we mean to each other.
What is the one food you can’t live without?
If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you
Lol, tough one…maybe Jakob Dylan? He’s not an actor so is that cheating? Okay, maybe a less squinty version of Eddie Cibrian lol.