We had the good fortune of connecting with Liz Lazarus and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liz, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’m an engineer by education and spent most of my career in business, but my first book kept nudging me to write it … to the point that I could no longer ignore the calling. “Free of Malice” is fiction but based on a real event in my life. Once it was published and checked off my bucket list, I didn’t intend to keep writing. The reviews, however, were so encouraging that I tackled a second novel, “Plea for Justice” and am just about to launch a third. My books are in the thriller/suspense category with strong protagonists and I like to throw in a twist at the end.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an author of thriller/suspense novels. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that this profession requires a lot of persistence. Taking a book from conception, to a completed manuscript, through editing, proofreading, layout, cover design and more is no small task. Furthermore, it’s also a very subjective industry. For example, one editor coached me to start my novel with the action. Another said to build the background and characters first. At the end of the day, I learned to trust my gut. I can’t please everyone, but I can turn out a fast-paced, suspenseful novel that educates and entertains my readers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love Atlanta and would be happy to show off my city. For food, we’d have to go to The Varsity, for a chili dog and Frosted Orange and later to Mary Mac’s Tea Room for some great southern food and sweet tea. For site-seeing, I’d take them to the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel to get a bird’s eye view of the city and over to Stone Mountain. If they’re up for it, we’d climb up the side and later take in the laser show. Then we’re off to the World of Coke for a tour and The Aquarium. If there’s time, we’d go to the Atlanta Zoo and maybe the Botanical Gardens. Trust me, I could easily fill up a week of great tours and food! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a huge shoutout to the many skilled professionals who graciously consulted with me on my books: criminal defense lawyers, therapists, police officers, detectives, coroners, pilots to name a few. I strive to make my books realistic so do a lot of research. Some days I almost feel like an investigative journalist, but I want my readers to know that the content in my books is reliable, because I do my homework.
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