Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Book For All the Dead Girls

When I spoke to survivor, Betty Lee Hanson over the phone in January of 2012, she told me the horrifying story of her escape from a serial killer on Christmas night, 1973. Betty Lee was 15-years-old. I was 3-years-old and still remember the brand new kitchen I got from Santa that year. My mother tells me it took them hours to put together and they finally went to bed at 3 am. While I was sleeping in bed after a huge Christmas with all the wonder of childhood, Betty Lee was going through Hell. She was fighting for her life in the middle of a blizzard, on the side of the highway, face to face with serial killer, Ralph Andrews.Betty Lee survived a stab to the heart and lived to testify against Andrews many times.

This is my first non-fiction book and I'm proud to take on this project. If you ask Betty Lee why she wants this book written, she'll tell you this: "For all the dead girls. These girls want this story written."

When Betty Lee uttered those words to me, a chill snaked down my spine and I knew I had to write this book.

THE PREY THAT GOT AWAY is Coming soon!

And this book is for all the dead girls. May you all rest in peace.



Cathy McElhaney said...

Looking forward to reading Betty's story and the story of all the dead girls! Thank you for taking this project on!

Chicks of Characterization said...

Wow, a chill raced down my spine too. What a horrific thing for anyone to go through- BUT a story of hope- also.

AND what an exciting project for you Alisha! Please let me know when it comes out as I would LOVE to read this!!! And even feature it on my blog!

Best of luck!


Sky said...

Wow, what a story. If anyone can tell this story the way it should be told, it's you, Alisha. I'd love to help crit the ms. :-) xoxo