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Jessica Dragon Cheramie is the author of Secrets of the Truth, Book 1 of the Meridienne Drake Series. From keeping journals to writing competitions, writing has always been a part of her life. But she filed a writing career away for a few years. When she turned down a career on Broadway…Um, no, never happened. She was, however, a high school English teacher, and that helped her realize her true dream was to share her stories with the world.
While the second book of the Meridienne Drake Series is in the publishing phase, she is tackling a fast writing challenge to get this nagging idea out of her head. It’s a young adult novel and will be her first time writing a multiple POV novel, although her main character will be a seventeen-year-old girl named Lettie.
Lettie lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. The thing about Lettie is she suffers from debilitating migraines. After one particular attack, a Voodoo Priestess offers her a cure, but it comes with a price. This price ties her together with her good-for-nothing-drug-addict brother and an entitled private school boy to face an ancient evil, plaguing the city.
Most people go to New Orleans for the ghost stories and vampire history, only knowing vaguely about voodoo. Voodoo is a culture in New Orleans that is almost as old as the city. Even for non-believers, things like ju-ju, gris-gris, and the Rougarou are a part of their lives as well. It has been misrepresented with Voodoo dolls, and although there will have some evil Voodoo practitioners in the book and some exaggerated magic, she’ll also shed light on the truth of it. Of course, this isn’t a major role in the story, just an added perk. This book is only natural to write what Jessica knows, since she grew up there and loves the city. She feels like Voodoo is one of the few topics not as well known.