Thursday, April 13, 2017

J.M Leduc Interview + Paperback Giveaway

Hey guys, I've got anther author interview/giveaway for you! This one is for author J.M Leduc, and his series Sinclair O'Malley! There will be three winners, all of which will receive PAPERBACK copies of the first two books in the series, SIN and Painted Beauty!


Here's the blurb for the first book:

Recruited by the FBI straight out of Quantico for her intelligence and attitude.Released by the bureau for the same reasons. Now, they need her back! Six girls have washed up along the Florida Keys and four agents are dead. The bureau’s only chance is a rogue agent who flies by her own wings. It is said, “Fight fire with fire.”The bureau knows, “Fight sin with SIN.” SIN. Her name says it all: Tempting―Dangerous―Deadly

And a link to the Goodreads.com page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24579699-sin

For the second:

Back with the FBI, Sinclair “Sin” O’Malley has promised that this time she’ll play by the rules.
After a body is discovered lying on the sands of Miami Beach, she’s called in to lead the investigation. As the body count begins to rise, Sin soon realizes that she must dissect the killer’s MO by entering into a dark, twisted mind.
Sin must go head to head with a madman whose artistic vision is clouded by a nightmarish past. A killer who lives by the belief that, “Nothing gets in the way of the art.”
Pieces of the horrific puzzle link back to her friend, Charlie, and a case he solved forty-three years earlier. As confusion muddles her confidence, Sin must remind herself of the person she truly is: A righter of wrongs, an advocate for the underdog . . . the Pearl Angel of Death.
When dealing with madness, one needs to be mad. Laws must be set aside. “Rules were made to be broken.”


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Remember, three of you will win copies of BOTH of these books in PAPERBACK! The giveaway is at the bottom of this post, so don't forget to enter, but first, find out more about the author, these books, and the characters with this interview!
 
 
1.)    When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been an avid reader, but unlike many authors, I was never fond of writing when I was younger. In my mid-thirty’s, I underwent a bilateral hip replacement which was life changing. While recovering, I began to write as a cathartic activity; by putting my feelings and frustrations on paper, I was able to release them. That’s when I found my passion.
2.)    What was the first book you ever wrote? What was it about?
The first book I wrote was Cursed Blessing, originally titled The Endowment. The idea for the book was a mashup of subjects I was reading about at that time. One was the Fountain of Youth, which had me thinking about the “what ifs.” At that same time, I was reading an article on Noah’s Ark and the biblical account of the flood. It stated that before the flood, people lived for hundreds of years and there was never a mention of sickness. After the flood, man’s life-span was much shorter and sickness and suffering were present. These thoughts flared my imagination. What if before the flood, an herb flourished on the earth that allowed people to live healthy lives for hundreds of years, and after, the herb was gone. In the story of Noah, it says that he knew he had found land when a dove returned with an olive branch. But, what if it wasn’t an olive branch but the last remaining branch of the Herb of Life, and Moses was told that the herb needed to be passed down to one individual, from generation to generation, but never consumed, and if it was, Armageddon would occur. The book begins with the person who is in possession of herb dead and the herb missing. All that’s left is a cryptic message.
 
That was the premise and my diving off point for the beginning of the book. Cursed Blessing started as a spark of imagination and ended up becoming a four book series: The Trilogy of the Chosen and Cornerstone.


3.) Pick a favorite character of yours from the book(s) you're offering in the giveaway? Why are they your favorite?
That’s an easy one, the title character, Sinclair (Sin) O’Malley.  I always wanted to write a strong female lead who was fiercely independent, intelligent, and beautiful, all while harboring some past demons yet to be conquered. Sin became all that and more.
 
4.)    Pick your least favorite, or if this is too hard, pick one that was the most difficult to write/capture.
I’m not sure if I have any least favorites, but as for hard to write, I can think of two. The first would be Sin. As a male, it was hard to write a strong female without her becoming cartoonish. I needed to keep her feminine, yet give her an attitude that would and could stand up against anyone, regardless of gender. It’s like walking a tightrope. I need to keep her on that fine line to keep her realistic and appealing to all readers.
Looking back, the character who was the hardest to write was, Ash, the antagonist in the second Sinclair O’Malley book, Painted Beauty. Ash does some vile things, yet I wanted readers to be sympathetic to the character, at least in a small way. That was hard.

5.) Tell us something about your book. Preferably something not in the blurb.
Every book starts as a single seed of an idea. With Painted Beauty, it started with a song I couldn’t get out of my head. A song, whose lyrics I wanted to incorporate into the MO of the villain. Due to copyright laws, this wasn’t possible. But with every roadblock, new paths are forged. The changes gave the book a direction and depth I never would have thought of.

6.) What do you do when you're not writing?
I’m the Assistant Academic Dean of a nursing college. Although, to be truthful, if I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. I never leave home without a small notebook and a pen. Sometimes ideas come at the strangest of times and in places that spark an idea or plot shift. I’m constantly writing down ideas and taking pictures with my phone.
 
7.) What made you decide to write in this genre? Have you thought about trying other genres?
I’ve always enjoyed reading suspense, so it seemed natural to write in the same genre.
 
8.) Do you get writer's block, and if so, how do you get past it?
I’m happy to say that I don’t ever get writer’s block. I’ll get to certain points in a manuscript where I’m not sure which direction I want to go in, or I might decide that the direction is wrong, and I have to go back and make massive changes, but I don’t “blank out.” I usually have more than one project going at once, so if I’m stuck, I’ll either switch to the other project or change my physical location, and that usually sparks my imagination. I find that a change in location helps me a lot. Sometimes I write at home, but I find my imagination gets fired up when I’m in a crowded coffee shop or a library.
 
9.) Are you a plotter, or do you like to write on the edge of your seat? As in, do you like to just go with the flow when you're writing, without a set idea of where each chapter is going?
I have tried to outline or plot, but it doesn’t work well for me. It takes me a while to get into my characters’ heads, but once I do, they tell me where they want to go and how they’ll act/react in certain situations. I like to think of this type of writing as “liquid writing.” It’s like a mountain stream, as the water flows down the mountain, it will change directions depending on the obstacles in front of it.
Writing without an outline/plot takes longer, but I think the results are worth the extra time. Steven James, one of my favorite authors, once said, “readers want to predict how a book will end, but the want to be wrong. They want to be surprised.” Writing in a fluid or liquid manner allows for those twists.
 
10.) Are there any social media sites, or a blog/website, we can visit to get more information
        about current and upcoming projects?
Thank you for asking. J You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/J-M-LeDuc-259333374080003/?ref=bookmarks and on Twitter at @JMLeDuc1
I also have a website, although I’m not as good at keeping current as I should be. Hopefully this interview will help me be more diligent. The website is www.jmleduc.com
 
11.) Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you and/or your writing?
Your questions have been quite thorough, so I think we covered most topics. The one thing I don’t think most readers know is how important book reviews are to authors and publishers. Reviews don’t have to be long and intricate. Just a short note saying how much they enjoyed the book is fine. The last thing I’d like to add is that I enjoy interacting with readers, and I welcome their questions and comments.  I can always be contacted on Facebook or Twitter, and there is a contact page on the website.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank you, Chani. It’s been a pleasure talking with you, and I encourage everyone to subscribe to your blog.
http://tempestchani.blogspot.com/
 
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