S. 8, Ep. 5: Interview with Crime Writer David Rohlfing — Debbi Mack

Obviously, there’s a lot of detectives in big cities across the country. But there’s not a lot of smaller towns and I live in a town that’s got about 120,000 people in the two cities that make up this area and I thought it would be interesting to write about a smaller detective in the Midwest.

David3:02 Well, I live here. So I grew up in central Illinois, I’ve lived all around the United States and outside of the United States. But eventually, we came back to where we kind of grew up or nearby, because we have family and friends in the area from a long time ago. So I thought it would be interesting to write it, again, about a detective in a smaller city.

His father was an FBI agent, and a field office manager, as in the character of Sasha Frank, and his mother was a Russian Embassy worker who defected during the Cuban Missile Crisis and I think he has a very strong, you know, community background.

David6:54 Yes, I think I initially just was writing one book. But as I was writing, I, as I said, I really enjoyed writing, I enjoy the character. I think there’s a lot of ways to explore the character, and especially, you know, this particular area, and crimes that can occur in this area. So I wrote the second book. In the second book actually is a prequel, as it turns out. And I referenced in the first book crimes that occurred in the second book and I addressed opioid, the opioid crisis that is affecting America in the second book, and how that can devastate families and have unintended consequences. So I think, you know, writing that second book, and the third book that I’m writing now is talking about, you know, obviously further murders, but maybe is more of a psychological thriller, than the first two books are. So it goes in a little bit different direction. So I’m going to keep writing, as long as I enjoy writing and people read the books.

Through the editorial process, we stripped a lot of that out. But that’s why I say the second book is a faster, quicker read, I believe, because I learned so much from writing the first book.

Debbi11:54 Absolutely, you learn so much by just doing. Let’s see, how much research did you do before you wrote the book?

Read a lot. I think reading helps you understand different styles of writing that that are successful and that other people have utilized over time.

Debbi16:47 Yes, my husband was very helpful for me and that process as well. Having somebody you trust who you know, will be honest.

I’ve had a number of friends and family who’ve had this test done because of what happened to me and many of them have found that they did have a problem. They weren’t aware of the problem, just as I was unaware that I had a problem and were able to through the medication or procedures, resolve the issue and remain healthy.

Debbi20:04 I hear you loud and clear. I had a stroke in 2004. It was caused by a congenital heart defect and that led to a situation I’ll talk about in a little bit, actually, because I’m doing a fundraiser.

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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.