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Author: Debbi Mack

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Interview with Crime Writer Matt Witten – S. 9, Ep. 7
Saturday, 16 September, 2023

This episode of the Crime Cafe podcast features my interview with crime writer Matt Witten. Check out our discussion of the writing life and writing for television. Not to mention his latest book, Killer Story. 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, 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: Debbi: 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 affiliate links on this blog. Download a copy of the transcript here. Debbi: Hi everyone. My guest for this episode has written for a variety of media. Along with writing for television on shows like House, Law & Order, Pretty Little Liars, CSI: Miami and Homicide to name a few, he's a playwright. He started out as a poet in Grade One, and he's a novelist as well as a person who has produced a film. I believe it's like 83 minutes long called—what was it—Drone? Matt: Right. Debbi: Great. Along with his series of Jacob Burns Mysteries, he's published two novels that are thrillers. The first of those is The Necklace, which has been published in English as well as seven other languages, and has been optioned for adaptation to film by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Production Company. His latest book is Killer Story. I've started it, and I have to tell you, once you start the book, it is really hard to put down. It is literally almost unputdownable. I would've been here holding it in my hands if it wasn't by my reading chair right now waiting for me and I'm anxiously waiting to get back to it. Anyway, it is my pleasure to have today a talented multi-hyphenate Matt Witten. Hi, Matt. How are you doing? Matt: Very good, thank you, Debbi. Thanks for having me. Debbi: Sure thing. It's my pleasure. I just want to start out by saying you have the most impressive website that I've seen lately. It is so awesome just reading it. Go there. I would suggest everybody go there to Do I have that right? Matt: You do. Yeah. Debbi: Excellent. There's so much there about you, about your books that I just thought was really interesting reading. When I looked at your About page, I was wondering what to ask you about first, because I noticed that you became very determined about becoming a writer after a health crisis. Can you talk about what spurred that determination in you? Matt: Sure. I was 18 years old and I got an undiagnosed illness, and I promised myself that if I ever got well again, that I would remember that writing was at the core of my being and I would stick to writing. And after about two and a half months, I did get well again, and I've stuck to that determination or decision to stick to writing. You know, throughout my life, despite the ups and downs of the writer's life,


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