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The Women’s Gun Show Episode #52: Liz Lazarus Interview – ‘Free of Malice’ 

In this week’s show, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird discuss survival stories from strong and brave women, such as Liz Lazarus and Kimberly Corban. Carrie interviews Liz about the book she wrote, “Free of Malice.” The pair also touch on trending firearms news, cool products and events. Sponsored by Ruger.

 

#BigGreenGrandSlam lady hunters Carrie had a memorable Mother’s Day and Barb relates her latest turkey hunt and what happened in Colorado.

Topic: Liz Lazarus

Liz grew up in Valdosta, Ga., known for its high school football and as the last watering hole on highway I-75 before entering Florida. She was editor of her high school newspaper and salutatorian of her class.  Liz graduated from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree and went on to a successful career at General Electric before joining a consulting firm. The events that inspired Liz to write her psychological thriller, Free of Malice, happened to her while a senior at college. She was living off campus in an area called Home Park when she was jarred awake by the sound of her bedroom door crashing open. She surprised even herself at her ability to fight back before this would-be-rapist eventually fled. Though her voice was hoarse from screaming and her fingers bloody from his bites, Liz physically survived the attack. Emotionally, however, her sense of security was shaken. As a means to heal, she began writing about that night and the changes to her life. LizLazarusAt one point, Liz had mentioned to her brother-in-law that if she had owned a gun, she would have shot the guy when he was leaving. He countered that her actions might not have been deemed self-defense which got her thinking about the criminal justice system. Though Free of Malice is a hypothetical legal story, written in conjunction with several criminal defense attorneys, the attack on the main character was drawn from Liz’s real life experience. In addition, the unique therapy sessions using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) techniques that the main character undergoes were written in collaboration with an EMDR trained therapist. Interestingly, Liz never intended to write a fiction novel—she had other ambitions on her bucket list—a career at GE, living in Paris and learning to speak French, receiving her executive MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, earning her pilot’s license, and co-producing a music CD with her best friend, Thomas Barnette. But as she describes it, “The book wouldn’t leave me alone—it kept nudging me to write it to the point that I could no longer ignore its calling.  And now that the book is done, I look back and realize what a rewarding journey it has been.”

Free of Malice

 

Liz lives in Atlanta, is engaged to fiancé, Richard, and is a partner at a consulting firm focused on strategic planning. When she is not working, Liz enjoys reading, traveling, and spoiling Buckwheat, their cat. http://www.freeofmalice.com/

Survival Story Kimberly Corban

Carrie mentions Kimberly Corban, who shares a minute-by-minute account of a horrific sexual assault on its 10-year anniversary. Note: Graphic material: http://futurefemaleleader.com/kimberly-corban-shares-minute-minute-account-sexual-assault-anniversary/ http://www.kimberlycorban.com/

Firearms News You can use

Barb says the National Safety Council just released its Injury Facts 2017 report compiling 2015 data, and it found that accidental firearms fatalities tumbled 17% from 2014 to 2015 to just 489 deaths, or just 0.003% of the total, the lowest since record-keeping began in 1903. https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/05/08/the-weird-thing-that-happened-as-firearms-sales-su.aspx

Fabio

Carrie goes to the lighter side of the news, and reports that “Fabio Pens Steamy Love Letter to Americans: ‘Don’t Ever Give Up Your Guns!’”:  http://www.lifezette.com/popzette/fabios-advice-to-americans-dont-ever-give-up-your-guns/?utm_content=buffer18ac5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=laura_ingraham_buffer&sf76090257=1

 

Cool products

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Here’s Jessica Kallam, of Remington Outdoor Company, with a Versamax and a Trijicon MRO.

Barb gives a stamp of approval to the Trijicon MRO, a red-dot reflex sight that she used on her Remington V3 on her recent turkey hunts: https://www.trijicon.com/na_en/products/product1.php?id=MRO livefiredrillcards-book-fla Carrie wants to try the Live Fire Drill Cards Handgun Training Log,  $59.95: https://livefiredrillcards.com/product/the-original-live-fire-drill-cards-handgun-training-log-with-30-drills/

TWAW Product of the Week  ukola bag Carrie thinks you’ll like the Ukoala Bag – Compact Dragon,  $119: http://thewellarmedwoman.com/ccw-purses/ukoala-bag-compact-dragon

 

The WON’s Post of the Week

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Stacy Bright

Barb mentions a post by Stacy Bright, titled “How to choose a firearms instructor”: http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2017/04/choosing-firearms-instructor/

Calendar: What’s up?  shotgun chelsea nlsd17 Barb went to this last year, and you can hear what happened on Episode #6. If you want to attend this year, check out the website: http://shotgunandchelseabunclub.co.uk/national-ladies-shooting-day-2017/

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Massad Ayoob

Carrie recommends firearms trainer Massad Ayoob, and mentions the various types of training he is offering this year: http://massadayoobgroup.com/schedule/

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  • About Barbara Baird

    Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. She is a contributing editor at "SHOT Business," and her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications, including NRA, NSSF and Field & Stream.