Debbi Mack

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Debbi Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae Mystery Series. She's also published a young adult novel called INVISIBLE ME and a thriller entitled THE PLANCK FACTOR.

Debbi's a Derringer-nominated short story writer, whose work has been published in various anthologies. She also writes screenplays and is interested in filmmaking.

Debbi hosts a podcast called the Crime Cafe, in which she interviews crime, suspense, and thriller authors: http://www.debbimack.com/crime-cafe/

Debbi enjoys reading, movies, travel, baseball, walking and espresso--not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Columbia, MD, with their family of cats.

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Debbi Mack I see my Sam McRae series as being part of the hardboiled mystery genre. I enjoy writing in that genre, because you can touch on social issues from…moreI see my Sam McRae series as being part of the hardboiled mystery genre. I enjoy writing in that genre, because you can touch on social issues from the perspective of an outsider who acts according to his or her own set of rules. I think hardboiled mystery is particularly well-suited for exploring the values of the individual within an imperfect society.

I also write in the young adult genre, which I like because the protagonists are struggling to come to grips with, not only society's expectations, but their own maturity. More than other genres, a teen's perspective on the world is unique. Teenagers have a kind of subculture, which is a fruitful source of stories.(less)
Debbi Mack No, all the cases Sam McRae takes are completely made up. Sometimes my characters are inspired by real people, but all the cases are the product of my…moreNo, all the cases Sam McRae takes are completely made up. Sometimes my characters are inspired by real people, but all the cases are the product of my overactive imagination. :)(less)
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It’s my great pleasure to have as my upcoming guest on the Crime Cafe podcast the crime author L.A. Sykes. As such, he’s provided the following guest post and book giveaway.


The author will give away a copy of his novella The Hard Cold Shoulder to a randomly-chosen winner. I’m currently reading his short story collection Noir Medley, and, frankly, it’s awesome.


In any case, if you’d like to...

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Debbi Mack William wrote: "Thank you for the friendship!

I'm looking forward to your reviews and recommendations!

Regards,
William"


Thanks, William! I post fewer and shorter reviews these days, but I try to keep my hand in. :)


William Thank you for the friendship!

I'm looking forward to your reviews and recommendations!

Regards,
William


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Debbi Mack Bradley wrote: "Hello Debbi, I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Doing my best. :) Hope you're having a good day as well.



Bradley Hello Debbi, I hope you are having a good day! =)

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