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Shapiro Interviews Mack

WIFV member Debbi Mack has her feet planted firmly in two worlds — the world of creative writing and the world of media making. A New York Times bestselling author, Debbi has self-published eight novels, two box sets and story collections, and some nonfiction. She also has her own podcast and dabbles with video. WIFV member Phil Shapiro took a moment to do a video chat with her on Zoom and has uploaded their video conversation to YouTube. In this conversation you can learn about the Maryland Writers’ Association and Sisters in Crime, the self-publishing web service named and the course Debbi teaches on Udemy — “Beginner’s Guide to Writing Mystery Fiction”.

Debbi is always on the lookout for creative collaborators. She’s in two screenwriters groups (one of which also welcomes actors) in the DC area and hopes to expand her network closer to Howard County. She has considered, at various times, making a short film, making documentaries, and/or producing a scripted podcast. Among other things. Her website is

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