Hey everyone, your favourite squirrel is back with another fabulous author interview!
Today I’m talking with Debbie Manber Kupfer, author of some great books all about paws!
Hi Debbie! Obviously I’m all for promoting great paws… tell me about your books?
Hi Squirrel! P.A.W.S is a series of Young Adult fantasy books, which features a secret institute of shapeshifters hidden deep beneath the Jewel Box in Forest Park, St. Louis.
Oh. Not about actual paws then… that’s a little awkward.
I also have stories in several anthologies, including Fauxpocalypse, Stardust, Always,
Winter Wishes, and Sins of The Past, and I’ve published a book of puzzles, Paws 4 Logic, with my son Joey.
Hey, that’s awesome!
That’s a cool accent you have there. Why don’t you tell me a little about yourself?
Well, Squirrel, I grew up in London, but since then I’ve lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis.
Hey, I’ve got a cousin in St Louis! What do you do there?
I work as a writer and a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. I live with my husband, two children and a very opinionated feline.
So, Debbie, you sound busy! When do you find time to hoard your food for winter?
*laughing* I believe that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. I’ve been writing ever since I was small and find that many of my everyday experiences end up in my stories. Also I’m an avid people watcher and often write interesting folk I see into my books.
What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
Probably P.A.W.S. As it was my first published book it definitely holds a place in my heart. It was where I first was introduced to my characters who have since become old friends.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
E.A. Copen’s Guilty by Association, an awesome urban fantasy. I’m currently on book 2 of her series.
What are you working on writing now?
I’ve got book 4 of P.A.W.S. which is going to be called Londinium out with my beta readers at the moment, so in the meantime I’m getting a start on book 5. I wrote the first 30K words during Camp NaNoWriMo and hope to continue writing at least 1K words a day.
What’s the best vacation you’ve had?
The best, but also the saddest, was the last time I traveled with my father before he passed away. My daughter and I traveled to London (where I grew up) and met my parents there. (They lived in Israel at the time). For my dad it was his last hurrah. He knew it too and he loved that trip and especially getting to spend time with his granddaughter.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a journalist. I went on to do a gazillion different things including teacher, secretary and market researcher, but writing was always in the back of my mind. I never did work in a newspaper, but I’ve been a puzzle editor for Penny Press and today divide my time between writing fiction and writing puzzles so I’ve sorted ended up in the field I wanted as a kid.
What’s your favourite season? Why?
Spring and autumn. Not fond of extremes in either heat or cold. Missouri’s weather this year has been rather odd though. We didn’t have much of a winter and have had some really hot days in March and April. Global warming, I guess.
That climate change stuff is bad news.
It sure is!
Who are your three greatest literary inspirations?
JK Rowling, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett.
What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?
It takes a village to publish any book. You need an editor, beta readers, a cover designer, and a support network of friends to keep you grounded. You can’t do this on your own.
It’s fun, truly it is. And really rewarding too. I started off traditionally published at a small press. It was a good start, but switching over to indie was the best decision I could have made. I love having control over my work. Release dates, prices, covers, sales. Everything. Yes it can be frustrating too, but it’s truly worth it.
Plus the indie author community is beyond awesome. I’ve made so many good friends since I started this journey. Writing can sometimes feel like a lonely pursuit and it’s true that a lot of the magic takes place behind closed doors. But once your books are out there having a network of author friends to cross-promote with is invaluable.
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
Getting more readers and getting more reviews!
If I had a nut for every time I heard a writer say that, I’d be a happy squirrel!
I hear you.
Where can we find your books?
The P.A.W.S. Saga – P.A.W.S., Argentum, Umbrae
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N34LR1F
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N34LR1F
And paperback everywhere – if they’re not in your local store or library, you can ask them to order them.
Where can readers follow you on social media?
Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/DebbieManberKupferAuthor