Royal Palm au­thor is in it for the thrill

The Palm Beach Post - Neighborhood Post - Southern Palm Beach County - - Front Page - By Faran Fa­gen Special to The Palm Beach Post

When he be­gan writ­ing “P a i n t e d B e au t y, ” Mark Ad­duci knew he wanted the an­tag­o­nist to be a se­rial killer. He be­gan by re­search­ing ev­ery­thing he could get his hands on about the psy­chol­ogy of se­rial killers.

Just a day in the of­fice for this au­thor of thrillers from Royal Palm Beach.

“I’m an or­ganic writer, mean­ing I don’t write from an out­line and I have no idea where the book will go or how it will end when I start,” Ad­duci said. “The rest of ‘Painted Beauty,’ like all of my nov­els, hap­pened be­cause that’s where the char­ac­ters took me.”

Ad­duci, writ­ing un­der the name J.M. Le­Duc, is a na­tive Bos­to­nian, who moved to South Florida in 1985. He’s a proud mem­ber of the pres­ti­gious In­ter­na­tional Thriller Writ­ers (ITW) as well as the Florida Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (FWA).

His mother, who loved the writ­ten word, passed that pas­sion 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.

Since then, he’s writ­ten a tit­il­lat­ing plethora of thrillers, in­clud­ing “Cor­ner­stone,” which be­came a No. 1 best­seller on Ama­zon in Novem­ber 2015. “Spir­its Col­lide,” the sec­ond book in “The Kiche Chron­i­cles,” will be re­leased in Jan­uary 2018.

As a fic­tion writer, Ad­duc i ’s mai n o b j e c t i ve i s t o en­ter­tain read­ers. But he also hopes they come away hav­ing learned some­thing.

“Most of my nov­els have a so­cial is­sue at their core,” Ad­duci said. “I never want to hit the reader over the head with the is­sue, but I think it’s im­por­tant to have a thread of truth, whether it be his­tori- cal or con­tem­po­rary, weav­ing its way through the fab­ric of the story.”

Ad­duci al­ways loved to re ad thr illers, which led them to his genre. He cred­its the many writ­ing cri­tique groups he’s come across in Palm Beach County, as well as writ­ing conferences, to hon­ing his craft.

He’s on the board of di­rec­tors for the Cream Lit­er­ary Al­liance, a group of writ­ers from var­ied gen­res whose pri­mary fo­cus is to bring lit­er­ary aware­ness to South Florida.

He’s grate­ful for the support of his wife, Sherri, and daugh­ter, Chelsea.

A s f a r a s h i s d a y j o b, Ad­duci, who prac­ticed as a chi­ro­prac­tic physi­cian in Boca Ra­ton for 27 years, is now the As­sis­tant Aca­demic Dean at the Acad­emy for Nurs­ing and Health Occupations in West Palm Beach.

“Re s e a r c h s h ows t h a t those types of pro­fes­sions a re mai n l y l e f t - b r a i n e d , whereas writ­ing, or any of the arts, tends to be a right­brained ac­tiv­ity. I think keep­ing both sides of my brain sharp makes me a bet­ter writer.”

Ad­duci will be at the PGA Arts Cen­ter on Fri­day for the Cream Lit­er­ary Al­liance’s Muses and Mu­sic. He’ll also be at the brand new Book Cel­lar in down­town Lake Worth on Satur­day dis­cussing his lat­est book. For more, visit his web­site at maa0043. wixsite.com/jm­le­duc.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Mark Ad­duci, who writes un­der the pen name J.M. Le­Duc, has au­thored sev­eral thrillers with hopes of en­ter­tain­ing read­ers; how­ever, he says, “Most of my nov­els have a so­cial is­sue at their core.”

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