Character Interview with Lizzie Crenshaw from Teresa Watson’s Lizzie Crenshaw Mysteries
Welcome to the first installment of our Wednesday character interviews. I’m so excited to have Teresa Watson starting off this series.
Each Wednesday I’ll have a guest mystery author interviewing one of the characters from a book or series. This should be a lot of fun.
Series: The Lizzie Crenshaw Mysteries
A book where the character resides: Death Yells “CUT!”
Character name and occupation: Elizabeth “Lizzie” Crenshaw, owner of the Brookdale News
Where does character live? Brookdale, Texas
What is your greatest extravagance? At the moment, diapers.
What is your greatest fear? Suddenly losing everything that I have worked so hard for used to be my greatest fear. Now, I worry about my baby girl, Cassiopeia. Isn’t that what happens to all new parents?
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Rudeness, and I’ll throw in conceit as well, since they sometimes go hand in hand.
What is your most treasured possession? My house, because it once belonged to my grandmother, Rose.
What do you most value in your friends? Their love and loyalty. I have some very dear friends who have been there, through the good times and the bad times, whenever I have needed them: my best friend Trixie; her husband, T.J.; my close friend and partner, Jake; and of course, my mother, Amelia.
Pick another character in your world and tell us what you like best about them. Maddie Reynolds, owner of the Eat It or Starve Café. What I like best about her is that she has a big heart, despite her gruff exterior. She does a lot of things around town that people don’t know about. She takes the leftovers from her café every night to a nearby homeless shelter so the folks there will have the chance to eat good, homecooked food.
Pick another character in your world and tell us what you like least about them. Gladys Norwell, town councilwoman and a royal pain in my…, well, I won’t say what I want to say. I’d never hear the end of it from my mother. Let’s just say that Gladys is very judgmental, and has no problem voicing her opinion about people and things she dislikes. She has been known to express her displeasure by throwing a piece of pie or dumping tea over someone’s head.
What event in your life shaped you into who you are today? My grandfather’s murder. Because of that, I became interested in making sure the truth is known about crimes in Brookdale. I also started writing articles for the newspaper instead of working on the next great American novel, and now I own the newspaper. I never in a million years imagined my life turning out this way.
What is your most embarrassing moment? Which one? There are so many…all thanks to a local councilwoman, who shall remain nameless.
Do you have any pets? Yes, I have a bloodhound named Babe, who once belonged to my late grandfather; Mittens, a Maltese that I adopted after she lost her owner; and now a small grey and white kitten that is very attached to my baby daughter. We haven’t named her yet, but I think we’re going to call her Bella.