Debbi Mack

Debbi Mack started life in Queens, NY, where she spent most of her time reading, watching TV and running away from bullies. She tended to be more successful at the first two things. However, she always found refuge in books and libraries. When she was just a child, she discovered private eye fiction by watching the show "Honey West" on TV. (Yes, she is that old.) Needless to say, Debbi was taken with the idea that women could be tough detectives like Honey West. One thing led to another and after reading many of the right books and watching the right films and TV shows, Debbi decided to make it part of her mission in life to write hardboiled fiction. Most especially, she wanted to create a female character who was tough, but realistic. She wanted to make that character a loner, but not unfriendly. She also wanted to make her a private eye, but a few other authors beat her to the punch. So, having gone to law school after getting her journalism degree and practicing law for nine years, Debbi decided to make her main character a Maryland lawyer, who investigated cases involving her clients. She created Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae, a former public defender, with her own law office. Sam tends to represent society's underdogs and distrust authority. Picture Robert Parker's Spenser as a female lawyer (wisecracks and all). That's Sam in a nutshell. Debbi's first Sam McRae novel, Identity Crisis, was first published in 2005, but went out of print nine months later when the small press that issued it had financial problems. However, Debbi reissued the book herself in 2009 through Lulu.com. She has also written several short stories featured in two of the Chesapeake Crimes anthologies and other publications. Along with her journalism and law degrees, Debbi has a Master of Library Science. After practicing law, she worked as a Dow Jones news wire reporter, a reference librarian and a freelance writer/researcher. Debbi has also organized a fundraiser for research to cure dystonia, a rare movement disorder that she developed several months after having a stroke in 2004. Debbi's favorite hobbies, along with reading books and watching films, is traveling, watching baseball, bicycling and walking just about anywhere. Among her other life goals are to travel the world and see a game at every major league baseball park. She and her husband live in Columbia, MD with their cats. And she doesn't run from bullies anymore.
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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.