Thursday, July 7, 2011

Speaking for myself....

Written by a Lizzie Turner

From A KILLER READ by Erika Chase

Coming April, 2012 from Berkley Prime Crime.

I’m so delighted to be joining y’all here on Killer Characters! My name is Lizzie Turner and my creator, Erika Chase has allowed me out on my own yet again. Maybe she felt I didn’t give away any trade secrets last time, so why not have another go?

It feels great to have my own voice. That’s something you writers talk about a lot, isn’t it? Voice. Well, I’m usually in fine voice, singing with the Musica Noblis community choir here in Ashton Corners, Alabama.

You won’t easily find AC on the map, if you’re suddenly checking it out. But we’re a wonderful town, with just the right mix of culture, sports, and other events to keep all ages from straying too far afield.

Take me, as a prime example. I went away to college but came back and am now a reading specialist with the local school board. Oh, and I teach Literacy classes at night and do some tutoring, too.

Besides singing, I’m a member of the mystery book club. I’ll bet a lot of you are also involved in book clubs. They’re great, aren’t they? Well ours is especially so because of the members. Of the six, one is my dear friend Molly Mathews, whose stately old house is our meeting place. I work with Sally-Jo Baker at the elementary school, Stephanie Lowe, a young soon-to-be mama, in her late teens and unwed but just so sweet. There’s Bob Miller, the retired police chief, Jacob Smith, a lawyer who’s fairly new to town, and Andie Mason. I tutor her in English Lit and out of desperation, bribed her into joining the book club. It seems to be working. She’s now reading but soon I’ll have to steer her back to Shakespeare. I may regret this yet.

Our book club got off to a shaky start when a body was found in a car parked outside Molly’s mansion. And we just had to start investigating because things were looking bad for Molly for a while. And that’s when I met up with my old high school crush, Mark Dreyfus. He’s now Chief of Police, so that’s interesting, huh!

I think I just ran out of voice. There’s only so much freedom I’m allowed each time. I’ll tell you more next visit. And soon, in April 2012, you can read all about it in A Killer Read. I’m excited about it. No more cutting me off after 500 words.

Have you ever been dying to flex your voice? So what’s holding you back?


  1. What's holding me back from flexing my voice? Memories of the music teacher's face when I tried out for the sixth-grade choir. But ha - I sing all the time when no one else is around.

  2. Nothing at all... where's that karaoke machine??

  3. Janet -- those auditions during childhood can be painful memories. Actually, I'm amazed I even did it!
    Good for you, Victoria!

  4. I love to sing. Unfortunately, whenever I do, my husband kisses stop that racket that's coming out of my mouth. Luckily, he's a good kisser. Sometimes I'll sing just for that reason alone. :-)

    I'm looking forward to reading more about your adventures, Lizzie!

  5. Wow...good plotting, Dorothy!

  6. Sounds like you've got quite a story to tell. I look forward to reading it.

  7. Can't wait to read all about your adventures, Lizzie! And to be a fly on the wall of the mystery book club.

  8. Thanks Booklady & Mary Jane...I can't wait, either! Patience not being one of my virtues! Hope you'll enjoy it.