I’m so excited to be talking with Liz Talbot today. I watched her from afar during her adventure in Lowcountry Boil and loved getting to chat with her in person.
Well, as you know, I’m a private investigator. For the past six years, my partner, Nate, and I have sold information by way of confidential investigation in Greenville, SC. Greenville is in the Upstate—near the Blue Ridge Mountains. I was born and raised on Stella Maris—that’s a sea island near Charleston.
Anyway, things were going real smooth until some no good scoundrel murdered my Gram. As soon as my brother, Blake, called me, I put my golden retriever, Rhett, in the car and high-tailed it right home. I was fit to be tied when Blake—did I mention he’s the police chief?—shut me out of the investigation altogether. Fine, if that’s the way he wants to be. I just opened my own.
As if I didn’t have enough to deal with, my best friend Colleen popped in to offer me advice. I haven’t seen that girl since her funeral fourteen years ago. It’s going to take more than wits and charm to keep my family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches me. It’s a good thing I have my Sig 9 tucked inside my Kate Spade handbag.
2. What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?
Well, it’s my job. People pay me to investigate crimes every day. It’s just so hard that my client in this case is my Gram.
3. Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?
Not while I was growing up. I wanted to be an actress. Then, when I had to pick a college major, I decided on English. I thought maybe I could teach at the high school level and manage the drama program. That all changed when I took a course in criminal behavior as an elective. For a while I thought I might go into police work, maybe even the FBI. But all that structure seemed a bit confining—and don’t get me started on the outfits. Private investigation was a better career fit for me.
4. Who would you say is the least pleased about your career choice?
That would have to be Mamma. She has a hard time explaining my profession to her friends—it’s unsuitable, she says. She wishes I’d picked something more ladylike. And she’d sure rather I didn’t carry a gun.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
I guess one strength would be that I’m good at puzzles. That comes in handy for a PI. I’m loyal, maybe to a fault. I tried to help my cousin Marci the Schemer on account of her unfortunate childhood. I invited her up to visit me at college, introduced her to all my friends. I thought maybe she’d see how college might be a good thing for her. What she thought might be a good thing for her was my boyfriend Michael. She tricked him into a train-wreck of a marriage.
Which brings me to my biggest weakness: Michael Devlin. I can’t seem to get around him marrying Marci. Thinking about him with her makes me a little crazy.
6. Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.
Solving my own problems—not depending on anyone else to fix things for me.
7. What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?
Don’t let anyone else define you. Believe in yourself, and be your best self. And for heaven’s sake, trust your instincts. If I’d trusted mine, my scheming cousin would never have gotten close to my boyfriend.
8. What was one lesson you learned during this challenging time in your life?
You may think you have things all planned out, but we’re all just one phone call away from having our lives turned completely upside down. When that happens, you have to be strong and get through it the best way you can.
9. If your story or life had a theme song, what would it be?
Hmm…maybe Fighter by Christina Aguilera, because it speaks to how trials and tribulations only make us stronger. Or, I’m Alive by Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews. I can really connect to the idea that everyone has problems, everyone’s been hurt, but sometimes we should just live in the moment and be thankful for right now.
10. Do you plan on continuing your career as a private investigator?
Absolutely. As soon as I solve this case and put whoever is responsible for my Gram’s death in prison, I’ll be taking clients from throughout the greater Charleston area. If y’all are from around here, and are in need of my services, check out my website.
You can hear about Liz’s next adventure in Lowcountry Bombshell which releases September 17, 2013.
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