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This Week’s Guest – Monday, June 6, 2016


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Cortez Law III is the author of four independently published books. The romance novel, My Brother’s Keeper (2001) and the Atlanta X-Men Homicide suspense/mystery novels, The Serialist (2010), Kremlin Tide (2014) and Cold Lick (2015). Cortez presently resides in the Metro Atlanta, Georgia area. Please visit him online at http://www.cortezlaw.net

Q & A: AUTHOR

1) What is the origin of Cold Lick?

I started from several genesis points if you will. One of them was the missing persons angle in particular missing children. Not so much from a when did it happen, but more from what happens later in life perspective. Two and I guess three simultaneously, I always want my main characters to deal with issues of faith. So I combined, let’s say, ‘complications’, in the police department with how those complications affect the biblical faith of some of the Atlanta detectives. Fourthly, I wanted some highly motivated criminals operate from a revenge motif that drove the story’s narrative with increased momentum. Like the book cover copy states: “…The head-on collision between the unstoppable forces of Team Mousassi-Delacroix and the immovable objects of the X-Men Homicide Squad is inevitable and something has to give…”

2) How much do current events play a part in the X-Men Case File stories?

I think I do tap into world evens to some degree when molding a story concept. For Kremlin Tide the whole ‘War On Terror’ I think is here to stay for a long while sad to say. For Cold Lick the tragedy of those that go missing. The tragedy of those who took the wrong turns early in life and how that plays out in adulthood. Several characters in both books experience that. Can they rebound and make something positive of their lives or will they fall by the wayside and live in failure. In particular, God’s redemption is available for everyone, but not all will believe, accept and live it out. From a Christian perspective, that’s one of the biggest tragedies for all of humanity.

3) Do you ever have writer’s block?

Ah, that age old question. I’ll tell you what, I’ve experienced its first cousin called, Time Management. A writer writes; that’s what he does. But man, if I don’t clock myself every day and that means the allotment of so much time per checklist item for the day, I wonder where the time went. The potential time drain? The marketing! Whew! When you start from scratch to build that brand that no one has ever heard of, you have to spend a GREAT deal of your day doing just that. As an independent writer/solopreneur, you have to balance the craft of writing with the varied components of marketing. You want my writer’s block, there it is. Marketing! LOL!

4) What kind of writing/marketing schedule are you on?

I want to create and market an X-Men Case File book once a year, which should give me time to do both effectively. But, I still have a lot to learn in both endeavors and that’s a good thing. The life lesson is if you stop learning, you stop growing. I don’t want to do that. Then I want to have some separation time between the X-Men Case File books and another series I want to start this fall. The key I’m finding out is to start early with the promotions. I write the vision down on paper as the Bible says, here on a computer screen, and execute it early. I need to give myself plenty of time to implement the marketing and I believe I’ve short-changed myself quite a bit in the past. I’m getting better though.

5) Do you want to write other kinds of stories or are you quite at home in the mystery/suspense genres?

Excellent question and I’m glad to answer it. In the very near future, I have a, shall I say, ‘slight’ departure from what my readers have come to expect from me. We all have different sides to our personalities, likes and dislikes, pet peeves, routines, etc. My writing is no different. I’ll soon bring that story to market later this year.

6) How long does it take to write a book?

I average I’d say about 3-6 months for a first draft and that’s all dependent upon how steadfast I am every day with my writing schedule. Then, I could write five to ten drafts after that to get it as close as possible to perfection in my eyes. The key for me to do that however is to take breaks away from the book between each draft. That may last anywhere from a month minimum to two maybe two and a half months. A writer needs that separation from the story to get some distance from the words, which surely need additional editing. All told, that may equal about nine months on the low end to about 12 months maximum.

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Q & A: DETECTIVE SHEPARD CUSH

The following conversation between novelist Cortez Law III and Atlanta Homicide Detective Shepard Cush took place at one of the city’s famous soul food eateries, Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Midtown. Cortez paid for lunch at the restaurant that the Detective frequented twice a month for his soul food fix. He didn’t eat too heavy as a sudden departure due to another homicide could summon him any moment. So, he chose a Garden House Salad and a Patty Melt. Seemed heavy enough for this writer/publisher’s tight creative budget. Fortunately, Cortez’s cash flow wasn’t impeded at the moment. Man, he ate fast too. That’s the nature of his biz’ he said. Cortez ordered the Fresh Blackened Salmon, Rice with Gravy and Spiced Apples. Both consumed water. After small talk and chowing down for a minute, the recording started with Cortez’s handy digital voice recorder.

Law III: Okay, we’re recording starting now. Atlanta Homicide Detective Shepard Cush, nice to meet you, sir.

Det. Cush: Cortez, nice to meet you. Detective Cush or Shepard is fine by the way. How can I help you today?

Law III: Okay, well tell me something about why you came to the ATL?
Det. Cush: I needed a life change. And did I get one, Cortez? More than you know. I actually wanted to be a pro football player—

Law III: You look like a wide receiver.

Det. Cush: Were you at Ohio State back in the day? All-Ohio receiver at Cincinnati Moeller—

Law III: Whoa! You went to Moeller?

Det. Cush: Yes sir. I was a Moeller Fighting Crusader. First team all-Ohio. Did I tick off the people at the University of Cincinnati? I don’t think I need to answer that question.

Law III: You should’ve played for the Browns or Bengals, Detective.
Det. Cush: Yeah, the NFL was the plan. However, a pair of knee injuries during my freshman and sophomore seasons on doctors’ suggestions ended my seven or eight figure deals.

Law III: Sorry to hear that. So, why a cop?

Det. Cush: Can you say I was a Criminal Justice Major?

Law III: Oh, okay. So, you were here and you’re a relatively new Investigator in the ATL. What was one of the most, ah not necessarily important, but memorable cases in Ohio?

Det. Cush: Ah, probably that first case one spring in Columbus. I was the lead investigator on a Charles Manson-like crime family murders that the Columbus Dispatch dubbed, ‘The Buckeye Butchers’. In 72 hours, they murdered three families of ten men, women and children until my team and I solved their supposed pattern of victimology connected with astrological signs and quote on quote religious holidays, their terms, which coincided with mass murderers like Manson, Hitler, Columbine, Waco, etc.

Law III: Wow, wow. How’d you feel afterwards?

Det. Cush: Can I say like the mayor of the city! I think I just did! It was like being back in high school playing football and basketball. The roar of the crowd as the last second touchdown or basket won the championship or beat a city rival. All that was missing was me riding the shoulders of my fellow officers in blue.

Law III: Something like that could inflate one’s ego too. I mean, if there was a down side to it—

Det. Cush: You know there wasn’t any jealousy at all from any departments because of the urgency to stop the slayings.

Law III: You deal with such macabre subject matter, do you find time for love and family?

Det. Cush: Some.

Law III: Family here?

Det. Cush: No. Mostly Ohio.

Law III: And the ladies?

Det. Cush: Have I had my ups and downs like anyone else? Do I need to answer that one?

Law III: Good-looking guy like you has to have ‘em lined up in the ATL.
Det. Cush: And could I not say the same for you?

Law III: Okay, I won’t press anymore, Detective Cush.

Det. Cush: Can you see the appreciation on my face? Is it not evident?

Law III: Yeah, I don’t think we need the crime lab for that one. What do you think about crime and its victims? I mean, I know it’s bad, but I’m thinking like biblically. Do you think some people are destined to be criminals?

Det. Cush: Humph. Pre-destination of criminality? We all are free moral agents. We all have choices to make about whatever every day. You’re talking genetics v. environment v. pre-destination. Would I say it’s God’s will for humans to be criminals? Do I need to answer that question? Some people don’t believe they have a choice when confronted with criminal activity or being dishonest. They’re mistakes and they’re choices. We decide every day, Cortez. Is it not up to us?

Law III: Yes sir, it is. Okay, thank you, Detective Cush. You sure you don’t want to give me more detail on those Georgia peaches or the Ohio buckeyettes for that matter. Maybe I should talk to family about that, hmm. Whoa. That smile is gone! On that note—

Det. Cush: Yes, on that note, am I not gone? I’ll answer that one. Have a nice day, Cortez.

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Cortez Law III is the author of four independently published books. The romance novel, My Brother’s Keeper (2001) and the Atlanta X-Men Homicide suspense/mystery novels, The Serialist (2010), Kremlin Tide (2014) and Cold Lick (2015). Cortez presently resides in the Metro Atlanta, Georgia area. Please visit him online at http://www.cortezlaw.net

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