Author Spotlight: Cortina Jackson

This week we’ve got a thriller with a dose of reality. If you’re an Indie author and fancy getting in on the interview action, join in here.

On Earth As It Is In Hell

Cortina Jackson

Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot.
The fictional thriller, “On Earth As It Is In Hell,” starts out with a conversation that takes place in Hell. Satan gives orders to demons, imps, and all of the other inhabitants in Hell; directing them to go to Earth through portals that lead directly to homes, schools, police departments, record companies, everywhere; and wreak havoc in the lives of people on Earth. People are already experiencing disappointments, depression, suicide, abuse, job loss; all kinds of turmoil. The assignment, directed by Satan himself, is to go directly to people that can be influenced, so that their souls can be claimed for Hell! The direct order, “Go to every home, enter into every heart, do on Earth as It Is in Hell!”

The story line follows the lives of 3 characters: Clara, the unbeliever due to God’s lack of intervention; Toni, Clara’s friend; homosexual by nature, faithful friend by design; and Nick, a pastor who endures his own trials. Their lives intersect as they each experience turmoil and tragedy in their lives. However, no matter the trials and tribulations that they face, choices must still be made that will determine their future. Their lives are relatable, and their experiences are graphically told. Life is scarier than fiction; the fate of the world is scarier than this!

What was the inspiration for this story?
I originally wrote the story as I witnessed people going through pain, hurt, disappointments, depression, and often suicidal thoughts. I too, had my share of feelings that were difficult to manage. Sometimes in life when it seems that you are at your lowest point, life’s circumstances will come by, and kick you when you are down. Have you ever felt like if it wasn’t for bad luck, you would have no luck? Have you ever been surrounded by people and still felt more lonely than you have ever felt in your life? I have felt this type of pain, and I have witnessed it in others. I have worked in criminal justice and law enforcement for over 15+ years, and I have witnessed pure evil, I have witnessed people go through pure Hell. I began to develop the characters, who in the story, go through extreme circumstances. The character’s experiences were very graphic and explicit; however, I wrote as real as possible, because this fiction is someone’s reality in life. After experiencing yet another tragic event in my own life, I had dreams about the way that the plot should proceed. I saw the book play as a movie, I would wake up, write it down as I saw it in my dreams, and the book was completed. Graphic, sexually explicit, relatable, and very real.

Do you have any writing habits you would like to tell us about?
I have a ritual that I set up when I am getting into the writing mode. I burn essential oils in an oil burner, turn on a waterfall that I have near my computer, and turn on Spa Jazz music. I usually write until the inspiration is gone, and then I shut everything down and move on.

What is the hardest thing to manage when you start writing?
Managing time is difficult. It is very easy to get distracted by things that you know you must get done at home, work, or, school. Sitting down to devote the time to write is often very hard. You almost need to get away from your day to day element. Leave home, sit at a park, or a quiet place, and get into a zone. When there is no oasis to escape to, I have to create my own.

Name the three books currently topping your To Be Read list?
I am looking forward to reading Hurt Used to Live Here by Joyce Reed, Judging Me by Mary Elizabeth Bullock, What Mama Said by Gladys Seedorf, K.B. Schaller has a wonderful book, and so does Linda Lee King – Sticks and Stones and Broken Bones, I have a lot of reading to do!

How important do you think a book’s cover is?
I think it is everything. People really do judge a book by it’s cover. Before I became a writer, I would look at the book that caught my eye. I even do it when I am browsing Netflix, I look for the fascinating title and cover, and it will pique my interest for more. Therefore, a great title for a book, and a nice colorful and interesting cover is paramount!

If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose?
Steven King, I always enjoyed reading his material. I think it would be neat to know what goes on in his mind as he is writing. I think that the two of us could make my novel, “On Earth As It Is In Hell,” one fascinating movie!

Catch Cortina on Twitter @tinathewriter, find her website here and grab a copy of her book here.


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