Debbi Mack Interviews Crime Writer Fabian Nicieza: S. 8, Ep. 2

By 2017, I felt that it was almost like a little bit of a tug, “If I don’t do this now, I may never do it.” And, so, I started in late 2017 and almost hunt and pecked a little bit of my way through because it never was my primary focus.

So the character of Andrea came born of the idea of, “What if this woman who should have been this can’t be this now because she is pregnant with her fifth kid?” I think that was just exaggeratedly burdensome on purpose for the sake of parody and heightened drama.

I’ve been in 45 states in this country, and I’ve seen a lot of it and there is a certain uniqueness to the Tristate Area. And certainly the region I’m in which is really kind of trapped between Philadelphia and New York City and they’re very different cities in a lot of ways.

So I just find New Jersey to be, it’s a very interesting place. And when you have to endure that kind of daily grind, there’s a certain nobility to it. It’s a sad nobility, but it can also be a very funny one as well.

So I try not to waste dialogue and I try to make everything they say resonate. Especially in a book because it’s not a screenplay, It’s not constant dialogue, so it’s got a narrative voice and a narrative point of view, sometimes which may be in conflict to what the characters are saying because the characters might have their own perception of something that isn’t necessarily the reality that the narrator is trying to present to you.

Make sure you have a career first, then try to get a career as a writer. A very small percentage of people who either claim or want to be professional writers actually earn enough income to be professional writers, so it’s a really difficult thing to do.

So because I had such a diversity of experience and interests, I want to try new things and different things. I think it makes me a much better writer and anytime I focus back on whatever platform I’m working on, I feel any other experience helps me on that platform just like other experiences helped me to write a prose novel for the first time when I was 59 years old.

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New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including the Sam McRae Mystery series. Screenwriter, podcaster, and blogger. My website: www.debbimack.com.

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Debbi Mack

Debbi Mack

New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including the Sam McRae Mystery series. Screenwriter, podcaster, and blogger. My website: www.debbimack.com.