Interview with author J.M. LeDuc

Mark Adduci, writing as J. M. LeDuc is native Bostonian, who transplanted to South Florida in 1985. He shares his love and life with his wife, Sherri and his daughter, Chelsea.

Book Details

Genre:  Suspense Thriller / Christian
Published by: Suspense Publishing
Publication Date: 06/25/13
Number of Pages: 330
ISBN: 978-1484188682 // 1484188683
Purchase Links: Coming Soon
In the blink of an eye, a life begins and another ends.
In a blink of an eye, Brent Venturi falls into the chasm of despair.
What do you do when everything is lost? When the person you loved is gone and all you have left is guilt? These are the questions that face Brent, the leader of the Phantom Squad and the latest in Noah’s line of descendants. His answer—go back to the beginning, back to where it all began—Mount Ararat.
The last known resting place of Noah’s Ark.
In his travels, Brent will meet Rowtag Achak, a Cree brave and Special Forces sniper who is on a similar path of self-destruction. Together, they will trace their steps from Palm Cove to Washington D.C., all the way to Armenia and the Khor Virap Monastery which sits at the base of Mount Ararat. Their travels will eventually take them to Alpha Camp and the Hindu Kush Mountains on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
When President Dupree and the Phantom Squad get captured by the Brotherhood of Gaza, time for introspection is over and time for action begins. Brent must find a way to get back to the man he was in order to save the people still left in his life.
What begins as a sabbatical of self-awareness turns into a mission of survival. His own, that of the squad and more importantly, that of the president of the United States. What man and nature takes away, only God can restore. The restoration of the Cornerstone.
To find the beginning, one must walk through the past and be willing to step into the future.
Author Bio:
Mark Adduci, writing as J. M. LeDuc is 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. When he is not crafting the plot of his next thriller, his alter ego is busy working as a professor at The Academy of Nursing and Health Occupations, a nursing college in West Palm Beach, Florida.
J.M. LeDuc’s first novel, “Cursed Blessing” won a Royal Palm Literary Award in 2008 as an unpublished manuscript in the thriller category. It was published in 2010. He has subsequently written Cursed Presence and Cursed Days, books two and three of the Trilogy of The Chosen, as well as a novella, Phantom Squad. He is a proud member of the Florida Writers Association (FWA) and the prestigious International Thriller Writers (ITW).
— What inspired you to write your first book?
 I will try to keep this short (lol). There was a series of events that took place in my life that inspired me to begin to write. They were the death of my mother, numerous surgeries which changed my lifestyle, and a search for answers to an emotional despair I was feeling at the time. Writing first of all was a stress relief. It was cathartic in nature.
As I wrote my thoughts, characters began to flood my mind, so I started to write character profiles—little biographies. From those profiles, a plot soon developed and that became the beginning of Cursed Blessing.
— What books have most influenced your life most?
The one book that stands out among all the rest is Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. The psychological drama that he portrays in his characters is genius and it always plays a part in everything I write.
— Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There are numerous current authors that I love. Authors whose books I wait for with rabid anticipation. James Rollins would be at the top of this list but there are others. In no particular order they are: Ted Dekker, David Baldacci, Chris Kuzneski, Preston & Child, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Lister, Brad Meltzer, Jilliane Hoffman, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Kane Gilmour, Jeffery Robinson, Juan Gomez-Jurado, Steve Berry, Kay Hooper, John Hart, Meg Gardiner and Amy Lignor. As you can tell, I’m an avid reader.
— Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My original interest in writing started as a child. My mother (whose maiden name I write under) was a lover of the written word. She was always reading, writing poetry or playing word games. My interest in writing began with a love for reading and it just seemed to be a natural extention of that passion.
— Who designed the covers?
My covers are designed by Shannon Raab, the Creative Director at Suspense Publishing and her amazingly talented teenage daughter Ryan Sturm Raab.
— Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
For those of you who have been with me since the beginning, I want to thank you for taking a chance on a new author. There are a lot of choices out there and I know how difficult it can be to try something new.
For all of the readers, I want you to know how important your feedback is to me. I love to hear from you whether your comments are complimentary or critical. They help to shape other projects. As for other projects, at the end of Cornerstone, you will get a glimpse at the first two chapters of my next book, SIN. It is quite different from any of my other books and I am very excited about it. Have an open mind when reading it and I would love to hear what you think about it and certainly about Cornerstone. You can contact me through my website: www.jmleduc.comor by email at Thank you for your continued support.


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