Royal Palm author is in it for the thrill
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.
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.”