Today, I’d like to welcome multi-talented author Debbie Manber Kupfer! Let’s learn more about Debbie.
1. Tell us about yourself. Where you’re from, etc.?
I grew up in London, lived in Israel and the East Coast of the US before moving to St. Louis about 16 years ago. I live with my husband, 2 kids and the real ruler of our household our kitty, Miri Billie Joe. When I’m not writing fiction I write puzzles for magazines.
2. What is your most recent project? Tell us a little bit about it.
I’ve just finished the first draft of P.A.W.S. 3 (currently called Maze of Shadows, but that might change). In it Miri visits Israel to try to discover the history hidden in the book she received in Argentum. We also go back in history to World War II Europe to the time when Max and Celia first escaped from the Nazis.
I’m also currently working with a local artist on a picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon, that all being well will be released in the fall of 2015.
3. Did you choose writing or did writing choose you?
Oh definitely it chose me! I’ve been writing ever since I was small – I even wrote a series of “books” while I was in school in exercise books. They were really silly, but back then of course I thought they were wonderful.
4. What do you find so appealing about writing fantasy?
The wonder of it. My characters can truly go anywhere and do anything when there’s magic involved.
5. What authors make you want to be a better writer?
Number one at the moment – Neil Gaiman. I adore his books and if mine could be even a fraction as good then I feel I’d have achieved something great.
6. Do you have any traditional fantasy tropes that you like to use?
Well not really as I write urban fantasy set in our world.
7. Do you have any weird writing rituals?
Just that I need gallons and gallons of hot tea with milk in order to get my brain moving. Oh, and I reward myself with a dark Hershey’s chocolate kiss if I reach my daily word count.
Debbie Manber Kupfer grew up in London and lived in Israel, before somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a puzzle constructor and writer. She lives with her husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline.