Cortez Law III is the author of five independently published books. The romance novel, My Brother's Keeper (2001) and the Atlanta X-Men Homicide suspense/mystery/thriller novels Kremlin Tide (2014), Cold Lick (2015) and Serial Rites (2017). He also published the science fiction/thriller novel, S.Y.P.H.E.N. (2015). He presently resides in the Metro Atlanta, Georgia area. Visit him online at cortezlaw.net.
How do you approach cover design?
Usually with too much bravado. I simply mean way over the top with the idea of telling the entire story so there's little left for the readers' imagination. If you study the cover design of the big publishers, they're relatively sparse of graphic design. It's all about the brand, which is the name of the author. For those starting out or independent authors, we need to make a bit more of a splash to attract a potential reader and it starts with the cover design and the accompanying flap copy for hardcovers and cover copy for paperbacks. I'd prefer more symbolic or emblematic items on a cover to convey more mystery to the story. If that's not possible, then actors/actresses in combination with other symbols or inanimate objects that best convey what I want to tease readers with will do the job and I hope readers will be piqued and like the design and copy for Kremlin Tide enough to purchase it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to read what I write which are mysteries, suspense, thrillers and certain non-fiction how-to books to improve my writing abilities. For my other interests, the Bible for daily living is crucial. Books on finance, business, publishing which I find not only in non-fiction tomes but also informative internet sites have proven valuable as well. It's a mixture of pleasure and concerted efforts to glean some career changing advice or life altering steps in the midst of just enjoying the flow of words from the various authors.
SERIAL RITES tells the story of an unstable Atlanta Homicide Sergeant Malcolm Hobbs who leads his X-Men Detective Squad in a manhunt to apprehend the twisted mind and M.O. of a serial killer dubbed, The Profiler.