The hero of Joseph Bruchac’s new young adult book, Killer of Enemies, is a 17-year-old Apache girl named Lozen. She's living in a in a post-apocalyptic world running wild with genetically-modified monsters, or gemods. Her mother and brother are being held hostage by the Ones in a former penitentiary that serves as a sanctuary for survivors. Because of her unique survival skills and magical abilities, Lozen is conscripted by the Ones and sent on repeated quests to slay the gemods.
Joseph Bruchac lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and is a storyteller, poet and author of over 100 books. His work often reflects his Abenaki Indian heritage as well as the stories and legends of other Native peoples.
Bruchac is one of the featured authors at the 2014 South Dakota Festival of Books. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed creating a dystopian nightmare and strong female characters.