Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
My name’s Debbie Manber Kupfer. I’m originally from London, but today live in St. Louis, MO. When I’m not writing fiction I write puzzles for puzzle magazines and for my blog, Paws 4 Puzzles. I live with my husband, two kids, and the real ruler of our household, our kitty Miri Billie Joe. I believe with enough tea and dark chocolate you can do anything!
1. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I love fantasy, because it means I get to dream for a living!
2. Are you a plotter or a pantser (one who writes “by the seat of your pants”)?
I’m mostly a pantser, or as I prefer to call it a “discovery writer”. I usually have a general idea of where I’m going in a story, but until I sit down and write it I have no clear idea how I will get there.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
The surprises along the way. For example my villain, Alistair, in P.A.W.S. was not in my original idea for the story, but a few chapters in he arrived and made the story all about him. I love surprises like that and am excited to see where my characters take me next.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
Not sure I could do that! My writing and my puzzles are a huge part of who I am. Before I settled into my current life I worked in many different jobs including secretary, teacher, community worker, and market researcher. They were all just that though, jobs. Writing (and editing, which I also enjoy) make my life much more fulfilled so I doubt if I ever could go back to my previous life.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Breakfast – I love breakfast foods and could eat them for every meal of the day. I also enjoy breakfast very much when I travel. In England they make a wonderful vegetarian breakfast that I adore and in Israel (where my mother lives) they serve a breakfast platter filled with cheeses, eggs, breads, salads and all kinds of other delights. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? Why?
I don’t have a huge preference as I enjoy writing a variety of characters and P.A.W.S. has a big and ever growing cast of players. The only conscious decision about the gender of a character I made was Jessamyn, the leader of the St. Louis P.A.W.S. Institute. It occurred to me that they main mentor/teacher characters in fantasy are usually male – think Dumbledore or Gandalf – so I decided I would like to have a strong female leader for P.A.W.S.
7. If you had a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
I want “Mary Poppins” power – the power to snap my fingers and have the house miraculously clean itself. And then once the mess is cleaned I’d have much more time for my writing and puzzles!
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
I love big cities and London and New York are my favorites. The ideal location to write is in a diner or coffee bar in London or NYC where I can watch the world go by. I do some of this in St. Louis, but it’s really not the same.
9. Do you have any rejection stories to share? Reviews that meant something special to you?
My favorite review is one that’s not published – a teen who read P.A.W.S. before it was published told me that although she enjoyed Harry Potter, she’d never wanted to go to Hogwarts, but she wanted to go to P.A.W.S. – who wouldn’t? Loved that so much.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My latest release was this September 1st (so it’s out now). This is the second edition of P.A.W.S. with a new kickass cover from the amazing Rachel Bostwick and bonus bits.
Be sure to come back to read more about Debbie and P.A.W.S. on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
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Author page: https://www.facebook.com/DebbieManberKupferAuthor
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Debbie is giving away an ebook of P.A.W.S. to one lucky reader who comments on her **Author Peek** Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss the chance to read this book! Thanks, Debbie, for sharing your story with us!