The stories told around the campfire taught us of legends—tales of demons and heroes.
I thought they were only stories. Little did I know how true they really were. They were warnings.
I’m getting ahead of myself, so maybe I should back up. My name is Pamoon and until recently I lived a pretty normal life. Well, as normal as it could be growing up on a Cree reservation. You see, my real mom left me on steps of the reservation medical center when I was just an infant. Being Cree is all I’ve ever known, and all I wanted to be.
Our reservation borders the Florida Everglades, and the woods that divide the Res from the swamp are said to be sacred. They are also the woods my friends like to camp in to drink and let off steam at a campfire they built. My life changed the night my friends disappeared. They vanished one night while they were reciting a ritual they didn’t understand. They didn’t believe the it to be real—they were just having a little fun with one of the legends I spoke about.
That’s when I found out the truth of who I was, of who I was supposed to grow to be. I know I’m not making a lot of sense, but who could blame me. I just found out that I am the subject of one of the stories the elders told; the story of a sixteen-year-old girl, whose skin is as white as winter’s snow, come to send demons back to the Netherworld. The girl, who if the story is right, was born to save all the First Peoples. That’s when I found out I was more than a mere girl, but a goddess.
If my friends have any chance of being found, it’s up to me . . . me and Scout, my wolf cub, to find them and bring them home.
But I’m going to need help, help only the spirits can provide. I don’t know if I’m up to the task, but what choice do I have?
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author J.M. Leduc whose book Evil Awakened thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love fantasy but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for J.M. Leduc, a biography of the author and an interview between me and J.M. Leduc will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful J.M. Leduc!
Mark Adduci, writing as J. M. LeDuc, is a native Bostonian, who transplanted to South Florida in 1985. He shares his love and life with his wife, Sherri and his daughter, Chelsea.
Blessed to have had a mother who loved the written word, her passion was passed on to him. It is in her maiden name he writes.
J.M. LeDuc’s first novel, “Cursed Blessing,” won a Royal Palm Literary Award in 2008 as an unpublished manuscript in the thriller category and was published in 2010. The rest of the Trilogy of the Chosen: “Cursed Presence” and “Cursed Days” followed in 2012, as well as a novella, “Phantom Squad”–a prequel to the trilogy. “Cornerstone,” the continuation of the Phantom Squad Series was published in 2013 to critical acclaim.
Now, how wonderful does J.M. Leduc sound?! J.M. Leduc is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of J.M. Leduc’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and J.M. Leduc, I hope that you enjoy J.M. Leduc’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself?
Let’s see, how do I keep this short? I was born in Boston, MA and have been living in south Florida since 1984. I am married to the love of my life, Sherri Gossett Adduci and have been blessed with an amazing daughter, Chelsea. I write under my mother’s maiden name, Judith Marie LeDuc. She had a passion for the written word, and she has always been my hero and inspiration.
When I’m not writing, I am a Chiropractic physician and an assistant academic dean at a nursing college. I’ve always loved to read but was never fond of writing when I was younger. I started writing after a surgery. It started out as a cathartic activity and grew to be so much more. It has become my haven from stress and sometimes, reality. I can’t imagine not writing.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
I love to read in many genres and fantasy has always been one of my favorites. When I decided to write in the genre, I wanted to forge a trail into something new instead of following trends. I have always had a fascination and interest in Native American culture (my mom was part Native American), so I started to do some research into their folklore and knew I had found my niche. Evil Awakened and the entire Kiche Chronicles series revolves around a Caucasian teenage girl, Pamoon, who was adopted into the Cree tribe as an infant. It is the only life she has ever known, yet she feels like an outsider. When she turns 16, she discovers that she is the subject of and answer to one of the Native American folklores. She is destined to become the Kiche – the Sky Spirit Goddess, but before that she has to over come many things and fight those who do not want her to come into her powers. She embarks on this journey with her pet wolf, Scout, by her side.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Persevere, persevere, persevere. Writing and publishing are hard work. There is rejection around every corner, so you have to believe in your talent and stay the course. I would also tell them to continue to learn their craft regardless of where they are in the journey. Join a critique group and listen to the criticism. Most of all READ and not just in their own genre. There is so much to learn from those who have come before us.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
It has to entertain. That is the number one priority. If it doesn’t entertain, the reader is going to close it and pick up another.
What is your writing process like?
I have never been a writer who outlines. But before I start a new project, I have a pretty good idea who my main characters are, where I want to start the book, and a vague idea of how I think it will end (although I’m usually wrong. LOL), I don’t have a road map of how I’m going to get from the beginning to the end. I let the story line develop through the characters, and they tend to take me on quite a voyage.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
My life doesn’t allow me to do near the amount of traveling I’d like, so the internet is my go to research tool. My ideas for a book usually start to bombard my psyche when I’m about three quarters finished with my current project. That’s when my research begins. I’d say I research for about 2-3 months before I start to write.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
My schedule is pretty disjointed. I have two full-time jobs other than writing, so I mainly write on the weekends. It depends a lot on where I am in the process. The closer I get to the end of a book, the more time I spend in front of the computer. I try to write something every day, even if it’s just notes or ideas about my work-in-progress. I don’t wait for inspiration. If I did, I would not write much. LOL.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Constantly. A day doesn’t go by when I do not read.
I have so many favorite authors it’s hard for me to name just a few, but I’ll try. In no particular order: RJ Ellory, Steven James, Tess Gerritsen, James Rollins, Peter James, Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, John Hart, Joe Hill, Lee Child, J.K. Rowling, and Stephen King, etc.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I am currently in the editing process on my third Sinclair O’Malley thriller, tentatively titled, And They All Fall Down. I do not have a release date yet from my publisher, but I would expect it to be released somewhere around March of 2019. This series is a crime thriller series where the main protagonist is a rouge female FBI agent. I love all my characters, but if I had to choose, I’d say Sin and Pamoon are my favorites. Readers can keep up with updates through my social media accounts as well as through my website.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with J.M. Leduc! If you have liked what you have read about J.M. Leduc and are interested in learning more about J.M. Leduc and reading J.M. Leduc’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,