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Edward Hancock II

Thrills, Chills and Spiritual Ordeals!‚Äč

The Imperfect Blog

Q&A With Alex and Lisa

Posted by EHancock2 on June 1, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Well, it's that time again! With the approaching release of the next Mendez tale, I decided it would be a good time to sit down with my favorite Mendez couple.

I want to thank you both for being here. I know that you're both busy, between family and career and what not.

ALEX: Our pleasure.
LISA: *Kisses my cheek* We should do this more often. It's been far too long.

EDWARD: Indeed it has, Love. Now, I guess the best way to begin is to just jump right in. This is a different tale than anything we've told before. Usually, we see you working in tandem quite a lot but, Lisa, you're largely absent. What was it like to, for lack of a better term, find out about these events after the fact?
LISA: Honestly? I'm still trying to digest all of it. It's a lot to take in. I'm sure you understand.

EDWARD: I certainly do. I know it's been hard on both of you. Alex, you seem distracted. Are you okay?
ALEX: Not really. *Looks down at his hands, twirls his wedding ring.*
LISA: *Squeezes his hand* I love you.
ALEX: *Smiles* I'll be okay.

EDWARD: Alex, since you are so central to the story, what can you tell us about the events of "Target: Mendez"?
ALEX: Well, like the name suggests, I become a target for a... well, a very disturbed individual.

EDWARD: And, as I understand it, the past kind of comes back to haunt you in a way?
ALEX: *Flashes angry* Do we really have to do this?
EDWARD: Sorry, Alex. Let's move on.
ALEX: No, I'm sorry. Yes, see, twelve years before the story opens, I put away a man who killed a family while driving drunk. He...well, he gets out and... Well the rest is history.

EDWARD: And that's not all that happens, is it? Honestly, I don't know how you did it. It can't be easy to forgive something like....well, I know I'd be upset if--
ALEX: Yes, I'm still upset. *looks away and chuckles softly* Forgiveness? I'm still working on that one.

EDWARD: It's especially hard for men like you and me, I think. I don't know what I'd do in your place, but I have faced betrayal and I know it's not easy.
ALEX: No, it's not.

EDWARD: Lisa, I need to switch gears for a minute. How are the children adjusting? I mean, well, someone they love dearly is not in their lives anymore. Has it been difficult for them?
LISA: We've all had some big adjustments to make. There's a part of all our hearts that aches, but I believe children are quite resiliant overall. Christina plays a lot. Joey is too little to really understand what's going on. I think he probably senses something, but I don't think he really gets it.

EDWARD: Alex, back to you if you're okay?
ALEX: Shoot. *forces his best smile*

EDWARD: What's next for you?
ALEX: From here, I guess I just make the necessary adjustments and figure out where I fit in all this mess.
LISA: *hugs him tight* You fit right here, Mr. Mendez.
ALEX: *Smiles* Okay, well, that's one problem solved. I guess next I just do what I do. I be there for my family. My Mendez family and for my boys and girls in blue. I guess many of them are looking to me right now.

EDWARD: You always seem confused by that. Everyone on the force looks to you. In the past, many of your superiors seem to trust you enough to follow you. Yet you don't feel comfortable with that. Seems like it confuses you or bothers you. Am I right?
ALEX: It's the weirdest feeling in the world, if you want the truth. I don't even feel cut out to lead my family. I have never understood why anyone on the force would follow me. I told a friend once that I didn't make Lieutenant out of skill. I fully believe I made it because of tenure and need at the time. I'm not the best cop on the force by a long shot.
EDWARD: I think many of your brothers and sisters would disagree, but I digress. So, if we can move on, Alex, I think many of our readers would like to know one thing. With everything that's gone on, do you think you'll be staying with the force or what? It just seemed, near the end, like you....I dunno. Something seemed off.
ALEX: It was...well, is. Honestly, I don't know where my head or my heart is right now. I don't know what my future holds and that's the best answer I can give. It's all in God's hands right now.

EDWARD: That's actually a good lead-in to my next question. How are you doing, spiritually? I know you've really been struggling to "do right" or "get right" as you put it. I know how important this has been to you. If you had to discribe your faith right now, in a single word, how would you describe it?
ALEX: In a word? Shaken.

EDWARD: That is sad to hear, but I understand... sort of. Well, I hear Joey crying, so I guess we better wrap this up.
LISA: *excuses herself to tend to Joey*
ALEX: I appreciate it.
EDWARD: It's always a pleasure, Alex. And I'm sure I speak for all your readers when I say we will have you and yours in our prayers.

ALEX: *extends hand...we shake* Take care.
EDWARD: Likewise, my friend!

I want to thank Lisa and Alex for inviting me into their home for a short Q&A. And I know my readers are just as excited as I am to read the forthcoming Mendez tale!

Keep checking back for details as the release date becomes official!

In the meantime, be sure to catch up on the Mendez story by checking out MOURNING REIGN! After that, you can check out Heart Beatings, provided you have a Kindle (Still working on getting my publisher to release it in paperback!) And finally, get caught up by reading CONNECTION TERMINATED!

Until next time, this blog is brought to you by the letters W, E and H and by the number 2

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