Friday, February 17, 2012

A Quick Look Behind the Scenes

By Debbi Mack

When people think about writers, I think they tend to imagine their lives looking something like this.

But that’s not at all accurate.
That’s (ironically) a complete fiction.
Being a writer is pretty much like any other job. In order to do it, you have to set a schedule, determine what must be done, show up and do the work.
So when I think of writing, the image that comes to my mind is this one.

In my work ethic, I take a page from my personal hero, Robert Crais, who’s called himself a “blue collar writer” because he shows up every day and does his job. And this is a man who’s written a whole lot of novels and won many awards. Plus he’s a New York Times bestselling author. All of which is to say, he’s proven himself, many times over. Yet, he continues to show up for work every day and get the job done, not unlike Rosie the Riveter. Or like the true professional that he is.
This is why I take pride in calling myself a blue collar writer instead of a bestselling author, even though I qualify.
And I continue to show up for work, despite suffering the occasional bumps and bruises. J

But this all part and parcel of what it takes to be a writer. Not only creating the work, but doing what you must in order to get it published, marketed and sold, regardless of the obstacles.

A note from Peg Brantley:  I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Debbi's newest release, RIPTIDE. With every book, she gets better, and I am officially a fan of Sam McRae. I read RIPTIDE in two days, and I'm not a fast reader. You'll be able to get your own copy of her newest release soon. It launches the week of March 12th. Be looking for it!

Debbi Mack is the author of the Sam McRae mystery series, featuring her lawyer protagonist Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae. RIPTIDE is the third book in the series, which includes the New York Times ebook bestseller IDENTITY CRISIS and the sequel LEAST WANTED. Both books have been Kindle Top 100 bestsellers on and Amazon UK. She’s also published FIVE UNEASY PIECES, a short story collection that includes her Derringer Award–nominated story “The Right to Remain Silent.” Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and publications, including SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN, an anthology created to benefit Japanese tsunami relief efforts.

A former attorney, Debbi has also worked as a journalist, reference librarian, and freelance writer/researcher. She’s currently working on a young adult novel, planning Sam’s next adventure, and generally mulling over other projects. You can find her online at her website and on her various blogs, including My Life on the Mid-List, The Book Grrl and Random and Sundry Things.


  1. Debbi, thanks for blogging with us. You're a hardworking writer, for sure! And as I do, I'm sure you not only show up every day for the writing part of the job, but also put in time as a small business owner too.

  2. Exciting! A new author for me to check out, who not only likes my favorite writer, Robert Crais, but writes the kinds of books I love to read! I'm heading over to Amazon to check out your books, Debbi. And thanks, Peg, for introducing us to Debbi Mack.

  3. Debbi, you and LJ are usually number one and two on my list of marketers, and both inspirations to those of us getting ready to take the plunge.

    I've enjoyed all three of your Sam McRae mysteries, each one better than the last.

  4. Welcome, Debbi.

    "Showing up for work" seems to be one of the hardest things for us, and I hear about it all the time from other writers. More than anything else, I get the excuse: "I just can't seem to find the time to stick with it."

    As someone who writes every day without fail, I think the key to consistency is, well...consistency. The more we stay on a schedule and make it a routine, the easier it is to keep with it.

    Of course, having passion for our work certainly goes a long way as well. I NEED to write, and when I don't, I feel off balance.

  5. I would be a much better "worker" if my boss wasn't such a jerk ;). He's a real slave driver!

  6. Thanks for having me as your guest. And it was my pleasure to be here! :)

    My boss is a complete jerk, too. ;)

  7. I just purchased IDENTITY CRISIS from kindle and hope to realize my anticipation.

  8. Thanks! :) I certainly hope you enjoy it.

  9. Great to see you here, Debbi! I don't write, but I loved your post.:)

  10. Thanks, Nissie! :) Great to get your comment.


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