#OWSCyCon2019 Author Spotlight
As part of the build-up to OWSCyCon2019, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing volunteers and authors taking part in the event. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there could be no CyCon, and I’m grateful to every single one of them for giving up their time to make this happen. But by the same token, without the authors taking part in the event, we wouldn’t be able to bring you the amazing events that we have planned. So without further delay…
Meet 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 freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!
What Genres Do You Write In?
Why Don't You Start By Sharing A Little About Yourself
I’m a writer, puzzle constructor, editor, mom, cat lover and tea drinker!
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
I’m currently working hard on releasing the 5th book of my P.A.W.S. Saga sometime in the early summer. It’s called Cotula which is a magical stone that’s central to the story and is longer than anything I’ve written before. It’s taken my awhile to get this book out because of that and I really hope my readers think it’s worth the wait.
Who is your intended readership?
Anyone who enjoys fantasy. It’s labeled as YA but I have a lot of adult readers who join my series too.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was about 8 years old. 🙂
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
My favorites including Douglas Adams, JK Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and Cornelia Funke.
What advice would you give beginning writers?
Just write! And maybe try NaNoWriMo – it really help me get started.
Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?
Not so much writing related but rather puzzle related (I also write puzzles for magazines). When I was in senior school a teacher asked me what I liked to do. I answered I enjoy puzzles. He looked at me and said “Crossword puzzles only lead to other crossword puzzles.” I’d love to tell him today that I managed to make a career out of that. I also put the whole conversation into P.A.W.S. – the first book of my series.
What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?
I read a lot, go for walks, play board games with my son, and go to concerts with my daughter.
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
Well I already mentioned I have Cotula, P.A.W.S. 5 coming out soon, but at the same time I’m already writing book 6 (currently called Jhara – but that might change) and hope that this time maybe there won’t be as long a gap between stories.
When Miri receives a silver cat charm from her omama, Celia, on the night before Celia dies she has no idea that the charm holds a secret, a powerful magic that saved her omama’s life and is about to make Miri’s a whole lot more interesting.
Join Miri on a mysterious and supernatural journey with her new friends, members of an underground St. Louis society known as the Partnership for Animagi, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters, better known as P.A.W.S.