Author Debbie Manber Kupfer
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Today we meet brilliant author Debbie Manber Kupfer.
Debbie grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer and a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. Her first novel, P.A.W.S., was published originally in June 2013 and her second book in the series, Argentum, was released in October 2014. In addition she has stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Shades of Fear, Winter Wishes, Sins of The Past, Sins of the Future, and Stardust, Always. In February 2015 she published a book of logic puzzles, Paws 4 Logic, with her son Joey. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!
Name: Debbie Manber Kupfer
Latest Release: Tea and Dark Chocolate
Genre: YA fantasy
- Do you use a pen name? Why or why not?
No, I was bullied as a kid and like to think that someday if I make it as a successful author my bullies will see that and that did OK despite the crap they threw at me.
2. Describe your writing style in three words.
Storyteller, Humor, Cats!
3. How long have you been writing?
Ever since I was a kid, though I only started taking my writing seriously in 2012 after I came through treatment for breast cancer.
4. Which type of writing challenges inspire you the most?
NaNoWriMo for sure – without it I would never have finished a book!
5. Describe one way in which you could improve your writing.
6. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Just write your story – worry about the editing later.
7. Who is your favorite author?
8. How do you make time to write?
I fit it in throughout the day whenever I get a break from the general craziness around here.
9. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have two hats so to speak, when I’m not writing fiction I write puzzles for magazines and my website, Paws 4 Puzzles.
10. How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the ebooks I read these days are written by indie friends – there’s a lot of talent out there.
11. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was about 8 years old at the time. I wrote about how I turned into a ladybug one day and I had difficulty changing back. I sent that story to the Puffin Post and got a mention for my story in the magazine!
12. What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – I’ve read it many times and can quote big chunks of it.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – my favorite childhood book that still resonates today.
The Book Thief – Marcus Zusak – beautiful and sad, a book that should be on everyone’s reading list.
Davita’s Harp – Chaim Potok – the best of Potok’s stories.
Inkheart – Cornelia Funke – beautifully written fantasy – a booklover’s book.
13. Describe your desk/writing space:
14. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In the east London suburb of Barking – a working class area of London. I think growing up there added some grittiness to my stories. Although I have yet to write about Barking, a lot the areas I choose as settings in my P.A.W.S. have the same kind of feel.
15. When did you first start writing?
I think you already asked me that question!
16. Do you prefer to write long stories, short, flash? What is easiest for you?
All of the above. I’m writing a long series – I expect P.A.W.S. to have between 5 and 7 books when I’m done. So in between I like to write short stories and particular enjoy flash fiction.
17. Share one writing goal you have yet to meet.
Finishing my series!
18. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That aha moment when the characters lead me to the next twist in my tale!
19. What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I adore it when folks reach out to me, particularly when they have some geeky question about my world. My dream is that one day some will write fan fiction in the P.A.W.S. world!
20. What are you working on next?
Book 3 of P.A.W.S., Umbrae, that will probably be released in early 2017. I’m also working with a local artist to turn my short story, Cecilia’s Tale, into a picture book.
Isn’t she wonderful! Thank you for the interview, Debbie. We wish you much success on your publishing journey.
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