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The Crime Cafe has interviews with authors who write crime fiction, true crime, suspense and thrillers, as well as author readings and old radio episodes. This podcast is released every other Sunday for nine months a year. Patreon supporters get year-round access to bonus episodes and other perks. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/crimecafe

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The Crime Cafe has interviews with authors who write crime fiction, true crime, suspense and thrillers, as well as author readings and old radio episodes. This podcast is released every other Sunday for nine months a year. Patreon supporters get year-round access to bonus episodes and other perks. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/crimecafe

    Interview with Crime Writer Sascha Rothchild: S. 7, Ep. 23

    Interview with Crime Writer Sascha Rothchild: S. 7, Ep. 23

    This episode of the Crime Cafe podcast features my interview with crime writer, screenwriter, and producer Sascha Rothchild.



    Check out our discussion of her debut novel Blood Sugar! And a bit of chat about screenwriting.



    This is the Crime Cafe, your podcasting source of great crime, suspense and thriller writing. I’m your host Debbi Mack. Before I bring on my guest, I’ll just remind you that the Crime Cafe has two eBooks for sale: the nine book box set and the short story anthology. You can find the buy inks for both on my website, debbimack.com under the Crime Cafe link. You can also get a free copy of either book if you become a Patreon supporter. You’ll get that and much more if you support the podcast on Patreon, along with our eternal gratitude for doing so.



    Check us out on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crimecafe



    Debbi (00:54): But first, let me put in a good word for Blubrry podcasting.







    I’m a Blubrry affiliate, but that’s not the only reason I’m telling you this. I’ve been using Blubrry Podcasting as my hosting service for my podcast for years and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. They give great customer service, you’re in complete control of your own podcast, you can run it from your own website, and it just takes a lot of the work out of podcasting for me. I find for that reason that it’s a company that I can get behind 100% and say, “You should try this.” Try Blubrry. It doesn’t require a long-term contract, and it’s just a great company, period. It also has free technical support by email, video, and phone, so you can get a human being there. Isn’t that nice?



    If you want to podcast, try out Blubrry. No long-term contract, excellent distribution, and great technical support, too, by email, video, and on the phone. I’ve included an affiliate link on this blog.



    Here’s a PDF transcript of the interview!







    Debbi: Hi everyone. Our guest on the final episode of Season 7 of the Crime Cafe is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter who just released her debut novel, Blood Sugar and I have a copy right here and check out that cover!







    If you're watching on YouTube, I tell you that is a beautiful cover. Her credentials include working on the public radio show This American Life, writing a memoir-turned-screenplay called How to Get Divorced by 30, writing and producing various television shows—GLOW, The Bold Type, The Baby-Sitters Club and The Carrie Diaries, to name a few. And she's now a showrunner for a Netflix series. Her feature film screenplay Who Invited Her? has been optioned by DreamWorks with Reese Witherspoon to executive produce it. Not too shabby, as they say.



    It's with great pleasure that I introduce my guest Sascha Rothchild. I hope I said that right.



    Sascha: Yes. It's a mouthful. Sascha Rothchild. I know my parents had fun with that one.



    Debbi: Well, very cool. I just want to thank you for being here, spending time with us first of all. I could ask you 10,000 questions based on your background, but we'll start with the book anyway. What prompted you to write a novel?



    Sascha: I had an idea late at night that started with a personal event. My husband is a Type 1 Diabetic, and he had a low blood sugar at night, which is quite dangerous. He has a continuous glucose monitor and it beeps very loudly to wake him up so he can eat sugar and he had a low blood sugar. There was the beeping. I woke up, I woke him up, he ate sugar, he's safe and healthy, and he fell right back to sleep. But I was wide awake and my writer brain started turning and asking, well, what if and what if?



    And I thought, well, what if he had died? Well, that would be horrible. But then I moved on to story and plot and I thought, what if the police thought I killed him because the spouse is alwa...

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    Philip Marlowe in ‘The Hard Way Out’: S. 7, Ep. 22

    Philip Marlowe in ‘The Hard Way Out’: S. 7, Ep. 22

    This week’s episode of the Crime Cafe comes to you courtesy of Old Time Radio and Raymond Chandler! 🙂



    Due to problems beyond my control, our guest wasn’t available. However, the show must go on! 🙂



    So here’s your latest episode, an old Philip Marlowe radio story, "The Hard Way Out"! 🙂



    This is the Crime Cafe, your podcasting source of great crime, suspense and thriller writing. I’m your host Debbi Mack. Before I bring on my guest, I’ll just remind you that the Crime Cafe has two eBooks for sale: the nine book box set and the short story anthology. You can find the buy inks for both on my website, debbimack.com under the Crime Cafe link. You can also get a free copy of either book if you become a Patreon supporter. You’ll get that and much more if you support the podcast on Patreon, along with our eternal gratitude for doing so.



    Check us out on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crimecafe



    Debbi (00:54): But first, let me put in a good word for Blubrry podcasting.



    I’m a Blubrry affiliate, but that’s not the only reason I’m telling you this. I’ve been using Blubrry Podcasting as my hosting service for my podcast for years and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. They give great customer service, you’re in complete control of your own podcast, you can run it from your own website, and it just takes a lot of the work out of podcasting for me. I find for that reason that it’s a company that I can get behind 100% and say, “You should try this.” Try Blubrry. It doesn’t require a long-term contract, and it’s just a great company, period. It also has free technical support by email, video, and phone, so you can get a human being there. Isn’t that nice?

    If you want to podcast, try out Blubrry. No long-term contract, excellent distribution, and great technical support, too, by email, video, and on the phone. I’ve included an affiliate link on this blog.







    Support the show on Patreon!







    Enjoy the podcast! 🙂

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    Interview with Crime Writer Ben Westerham: S. 7, Ep. 21

    Interview with Crime Writer Ben Westerham: S. 7, Ep. 21

    This episode of the Crime Cafe podcast features my interview with crime writer Ben Westerham.



    Check out our discussion of his David Good P.I. and Banbury Cross Murder mystery series!



    This is the Crime Cafe, your podcasting source of great crime, suspense and thriller writing. I’m your host Debbi Mack. Before I bring on my guest, I’ll just remind you that the Crime Cafe has two eBooks for sale: the nine book box set and the short story anthology. You can find the buy inks for both on my website, debbimack.com under the Crime Cafe link. You can also get a free copy of either book if you become a Patreon supporter. You’ll get that and much more if you support the podcast on Patreon, along with our eternal gratitude for doing so.



    Check us out on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crimecafe



    Debbi (00:54): But first, let me put in a good word for Blubrry podcasting.







    I’m a Blubrry affiliate, but that’s not the only reason I’m telling you this. I’ve been using Blubrry Podcasting as my hosting service for my podcast for years and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. They give great customer service, you’re in complete control of your own podcast, you can run it from your own website, and it just takes a lot of the work out of podcasting for me. I find for that reason that it’s a company that I can get behind 100% and say, “You should try this.” Try Blubrry. It doesn’t require a long-term contract, and it’s just a great company, period. It also has free technical support by email, video, and phone, so you can get a human being there. Isn’t that nice?



    If you want to podcast, try out Blubrry. No long-term contract, excellent distribution, and great technical support, too, by email, video, and on the phone. I’ve included an affiliate link on this blog.



    Here’s a PDF transcript of the interview!







    Debbi: Hi everyone. My guest today is the author of two crime and mystery series. One is the David Good, PI series, and as you can see if you're watching me on video—or not see if you're listening—I’m holding up my Kobo with the second David Good book queued up and ready to read. I am a big fan at this point of the Good series, and also it is a good series, more than just the protagonist. He also writes the Banbury Cross Murder Mysteries, which I haven't tried yet, but they certainly sound interesting. Originally from London, he now lives in rural Northamptonshire in the Midlands. I'm pleased to have with me crime writer, Ben Westerham.



    Hi Ben, how are you doing today?



    Ben: Hello, Debbi. I'm not so bad and it's great to be here. Been looking forward to this for quite a while.



    Debbi: I know. It took long enough, huh? My gosh, I cannot believe how many people are signing up for this thing. I'm booked into 2024, believe it or not.



    Ben: You are super-popular, aren't you?



    Debbi: I don't know how this happened. I don't know. It's one of those inexplicable things. I have to say that one of the things I enjoyed about the first David Good novel was that it was a hardboiled private eye story with a distinctive British feel to it. I've read all kinds of British fiction, all kinds of private eye fiction, but this one really felt like Raymond Chandler channeled through a British veil or with a British accent, and a feel of almost parody about it but not quite. Is that what you're going for here? Is it parody?



    Ben: I'm delighted to hear you say that. Yes. When I sat down to decide what I wanted to write for the first series, I'm not surprised; I read a lot of crime, so immediately I was drawn to crime. And I did then think I wouldn't mind having a go at hardboiled, but I couldn't get myself just to write straight hardboiled, I think in no small part it's the old imposter syndrome thing.

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    Interview with Crime Writer Josh Cybulski: S. 7, Ep. 20

    Interview with Crime Writer Josh Cybulski: S. 7, Ep. 20

    This episode of the Crime Cafe podcast features my interview with crime writer Josh Cybulski.



    Don't miss our discussion of his debut novel, Second Story Work!







    This is the Crime Cafe, your podcasting source of great crime, suspense and thriller writing. I’m your host Debbi Mack. Before I bring on my guest, I’ll just remind you that the Crime Cafe has two eBooks for sale: the nine book box set and the short story anthology. You can find the buy inks for both on my website, debbimack.com under the Crime Cafe link. You can also get a free copy of either book if you become a Patreon supporter. You’ll get that and much more if you support the podcast on Patreon, along with our eternal gratitude for doing so.



    Check us out on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crimecafe



    Debbi (00:54): But first, let me put in a good word for Blubrry podcasting.







    I’m a Blubrry affiliate, but that’s not the only reason I’m telling you this. I’ve been using Blubrry Podcasting as my hosting service for my podcast for years and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. They give great customer service, you’re in complete control of your own podcast, you can run it from your own website, and it just takes a lot of the work out of podcasting for me. I find for that reason that it’s a company that I can get behind 100% and say, “You should try this.” Try Blubrry. It doesn’t require a long-term contract, and it’s just a great company, period. It also has free technical support by email, video, and phone, so you can get a human being there. Isn’t that nice?



    If you want to podcast, try out Blubrry. No long-term contract, excellent distribution, and great technical support, too, by email, video, and on the phone. I’ve included an affiliate link on this blog.



    Here’s a PDF transcript of the interview!







    Debbi: Hi everyone. Today, my guest comes to us from Canada, an awesome country with great writers and great TV shows, and the author of the crime novel, Second Story Work. One of those authors from Canada. It's my pleasure to introduce my guest for this week, Josh Cybulski. Hi, Josh. How are you doing?



    Josh: I'm great. How are you?



    Debbi: Great. Excellent. Good. I love like your arrangement of posters back there. Very cool.



    Josh: Oh, thank you. I have the poster for the book right there, and then a couple of my favorite movies—Back to the Future and Fight Club.



    Debbi: Excellent. Two excellent choices, I have to say. For movies, for sure. Nice poster of the book, too.



    Josh: Thank you.



    Debbi: So, tell us about the novel. This is your first novel. What's the book about?



    Josh: Yeah. So Second Story Work as you mentioned, it's my first novel. It's about four friends who graduate from college in 2000—well, the end of 2007—and they move to Vancouver, British Columbia, which is on the other side of Canada from me to start their careers in the film industry. And if you remember anything about 2008, the entire economy tanked in 2008. So in the book, the characters can't get work. Basically they move to Vancouver. They're unable to get work, they can't pay their bills. So at one point they're presented with an opportunity to commit a crime that basically allows them to pay their bills and stay in Vancouver for a while. So they end up doing so, and from there, they basically blow through their money rather quickly and then they're in the same position where they no longer have money to pay their bills. So once again, they turn to crime and it creates a snowball effect that carries you throughout the novel. With each crime comes an escalation, a brazenness and they get more and more brave, we'll say, as they go through the book, and that's pretty much the gist of it.



    They're unable to get work,

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    Interview with Crime Writer Karin Slaughter: S. 7, Ep. 19

    Interview with Crime Writer Karin Slaughter: S. 7, Ep. 19

    This episode of the Crime Cafe podcast features my interview with crime writer Karin Slaughter.



    Be sure and listen to our talk about her writing and the exciting new Netflix series based on her novel, Pieces of Her.







    This is the Crime Cafe, your podcasting source of great crime, suspense and thriller writing. I’m your host Debbi Mack. Before I bring on my guest, I’ll just remind you that the Crime Cafe has two eBooks for sale: the nine book box set and the short story anthology. You can find the buy inks for both on my website, debbimack.com under the Crime Cafe link. You can also get a free copy of either book if you become a Patreon supporter. You’ll get that and much more if you support the podcast on Patreon, along with our eternal gratitude for doing so.



    Check us out on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crimecafe



    Debbi (00:54): But first, let me put in a good word for Blubrry podcasting.



    I’m a Blubrry affiliate, but that’s not the only reason I’m telling you this. I’ve been using Blubrry Podcasting as my hosting service for my podcast for years and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. They give great customer service, you’re in complete control of your own podcast, you can run it from your own website, and it just takes a lot of the work out of podcasting for me. I find for that reason that it’s a company that I can get behind 100% and say, “You should try this.” Try Blubrry. It doesn’t require a long-term contract, and it’s just a great company, period. It also has free technical support by email, video, and phone, so you can get a human being there. Isn’t that nice?

    If you want to podcast, try out Blubrry. No long-term contract, excellent distribution, and great technical support, too, by email, video, and on the phone. I’ve included an affiliate link on this blog.



    Here’s a PDF transcript of the interview!







    Debbi: Hi, everyone. I'm thrilled to have with me as my guest today an award-winning, best-selling crime fiction author who writes two series and several standalone novels. One of her standalones, Pieces of Her, has been adapted into an eight-episode series for Netflix starring Toni Collette. It's my pleasure to welcome my guest, Karin Slaughter. Hi Karin, how are you?



    Karin: I'm great. Thank you.



    Debbi: Well, I'm really pleased and happy to have you with me here today. It really is a thrill. I have to ask you about your two series. What was it that inspired you to write two series set there in your, I believe, home state of Georgia?



    Karin: Yes. I love Georgia, and especially when I started out before the movie industry came here and people realized it was not a horrible backwoods area. I really felt like an ambassador writing about the state and the New South, particularly Atlanta, which is incredibly diverse and a wonderful place to live. So, I just wanted to write what I knew, which was the South, but I think you should also write what you want to know about, and I wanted to know about crime and what it does to people and communities and small towns and large towns, and how it really affects us all in the same way, at the same basic level.



    I really felt like an ambassador writing about the state and the New South, particularly Atlanta, which is incredibly diverse and a wonderful place to live. ... I wanted to know about crime and what it does to people and communities and small towns and large towns, and how it really affects us all in the same way, at the same basic level.



    Debbi: Yes, it's really interesting to listen to different writers talk about what inspires them to write about crime in particular, but that's a great reason. Pieces of Her is set in a small beach resort in Georgia and starts off with a bang, I have to say, or perhaps a squish. That's all I'll say about that,

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    Interview with Crime Writer Emilya Naymark: S. 7, Ep. 18

    Interview with Crime Writer Emilya Naymark: S. 7, Ep. 18

    This episode of the Crime Cafe podcast features my interview with crime writer Emilya Nawmark.



    Check out our interview to learn more about her series set in the semi-mythical town of Sylvan.



    This is the Crime Cafe, your podcasting source of great crime, suspense and thriller writing. I’m your host Debbi Mack. Before I bring on my guest, I’ll just remind you that the Crime Cafe has two eBooks for sale: the nine book box set and the short story anthology. You can find the buy inks for both on my website, debbimack.com under the Crime Cafe link. You can also get a free copy of either book if you become a Patreon supporter. You’ll get that and much more if you support the podcast on Patreon, along with our eternal gratitude for doing so.



    Check us out on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crimecafe



    Debbi (00:54): But first, let me put in a good word for Blubrry podcasting.



    I’m a Blubrry affiliate, but that’s not the only reason I’m telling you this. I’ve been using Blubrry Podcasting as my hosting service for my podcast for years and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. They give great customer service, you’re in complete control of your own podcast, you can run it from your own website, and it just takes a lot of the work out of podcasting for me. I find for that reason that it’s a company that I can get behind 100% and say, “You should try this.” Try Blubrry. It doesn’t require a long-term contract, and it’s just a great company, period. It also has free technical support by email, video, and phone, so you can get a human being there. Isn’t that nice?

    If you want to podcast, try out Blubrry. No long-term contract, excellent distribution, and great technical support, too, by email, video, and on the phone. I’ve included an affiliate link on this blog.



    Here’s a PDF transcript of the interview!



    Debbi: Hi everyone. My guest today studied art and illustrated books before she started writing them. She is a web developer and a designer, an illustrator and artist, and a writer of psychological thrillers, crime and suspense. I'm pleased to have with me today my guest Emilya Naymark. Did I say that correctly, Emilya?



    Emilya: Yes. Perfect.



    Debbi: Wonderful. I was going to ask you about that and I forgot, of course. Thanks for being here today. I really appreciate it.



    Emilya: Yeah. Thank you for having me. I'm just thrilled



    Debbi: Certainly. Yeah, certainly. I have to commend you on your guest post. I mean, it just evoked the feeling of being there in upstate New York. I've been there and I've almost drowned there myself.



    Emilya: I know. I was amazed. I actually listened to your collection of near-death experiences. I was like, oh my God.



    Debbi: It is rather astonishing that I'm alive, I have to tell you. Behind the Lie is the second book in your Sylvan series, correct?



    Emilya: Yes. Correct. Yeah.



    Debbi: And Sylvan is the name of the town where the series takes place, right?



    Emilya: Correct.



    Debbi: I thought that was very interesting. Tell us about your protagonist Laney Bird, and what inspired you to write the series.



    Emilya: First, I want to talk a little bit about Sylvan. Sylvan is a made-up name, but it's for a very real place. I basically set both novels in the town where I live. The street where my characters live, when I write it, I imagine the street where I live. I look out the window and I describe the houses that I see and the roads that I see. And when I write about neighboring towns, I actually use their real names. When my characters move around, they use real highways and everything.

    Laney is also similarly a bit of a hybrid. She used to be an NYPD undercover detective before the first book begins. So, before the first book begins,

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