Debbie Manber Kupfer grew up in the London. 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, and Sins of The Past. 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!
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. I like to observe the world around me and will often sit in cafes and other public places watching the world go by. One of my favorite pastimes is people watching and I always have paper and pen handy to write down my observations.
Tell us about your writing process.
I send the kids off to school in the morning, make a big cup of tea and sit down at my computer to write. I don’t turn on the internet immediately, because once I go on Facebook I get sucked in. Instead I write whatever my daily target is each day before I allow myself to play. During National Novel Writing Month that target is two thousand words per day. The rest of year it varies. It could just be 500 words, or it could be editing a chapter, or typing up one of my puzzles.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh yes, there are often very insistent about what they want to happen. For example in my first book, P.A.W.S. my villain Alistair decided very early on to take over the story and make it primarily about him.
Who are your favorite authors?
These days I divide my reading between traditional and indie authors about 50/50. My favorite traditional authors are Douglas Adams, JK Rowling, Terry Pratchett , Rick Riordan, and Neil Gaiman.
My favorite indies include Michelle Proulx, Misha Burnett, M. A. Ray, Jen Ponce, Fiona Skye, Rebecca Jaycox, and George Sirois. Some amazing talent there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out with a small press, Rocking Horse Publishing. I’m thankful for the start they gave me as I knew nothing about the publishing process at the beginning. Now, a couple of years later, I’ve connected with a ton of indie authors online and decided to move forward as a self-pubbed author with Createspace. I enjoy the control it gives me over the publishing process and for the moment at least have no plans to return to traditional publishing. (Of course if one of the big boys came knocking I would listen!)
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the lines between traditional and indie were blur more and more, and the ebook revolution will grow even more.
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, anthologies, and puzzles.
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook