Debbie Manber Kupfer – P.A.W.S. Saga

1. How do you dream up your characters and situations?


They’re a combination of my imagination mixed together with my experiences. Most of most situations start with a real event. P.A.W.S. for example begins with Miri’s omama dying when she is ten-years old. The same thing happened to me. My omama, who I was very closed to passed away when I was ten years old and it had a profound effect on my life. And so, it along with so many other of my experiences ended up in my story.


2. What are your quirks, so readers can understand you as a writer more than your advertising spiel.


I have to have a nice mug of tea at hand whenever I write (and drink about a gallon a day). I love kitties and rarely write a story that doesn’t include one. I reward myself with mint chocolate M&Ms. Even though I love music, I usually can’t work with it on. Oh and I randomly burst in song – mostly Gilbert and Sullivan at the drop of a hat – my family is used to it.


3. How do you develop your characters?


I talk to them. Find out what they’re thinking! Sometimes if they’re being particularly stubborn I might interview them. I have a lot of characters and I believe that really there’s no such thing as an unimportant character. They all have their stories to tell if you listen.


4. What are you reading now?


Just started Magic, the third part of Rebekah Dodson’s Curse of Lanval series, a light-hearted new adult time travel series. Having a lot of fun reading it.


5. Why do you write and what drives you?


The story. I’m writing a long series and I want to know what happens!


6. Who inspires you?


Lots of people – my kids, my cat, my critique partner, Larry plus authors I look up to – JK Rowling, Neil Gaiman – and indies like Ben Reeder and RR Virdi.


7. What inspires you?


Anything and everything. I’m an avid people watcher and often folks I see and snippets of conversation of overhear find their way into my stories.


8. Is there a single thread/ idea/ belief which appears everything you write?


Nothing is black and white. Every one of my characters is flawed in some way and none of my villains are completely evil (though some get pretty close). Often times you have to delve deeper to find the truth and that truth may be different for different people.


9. What book/ story/ movie do you wish you’d written?


Harry Potter of course – but I think I’m doing the next best thing.


10. How often do you think of an idea, but see it’s been done? What do you do?


Write it anyway. There’s no such thing as a completely new idea. But you can take an old idea and make it uniquely yours.






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. She is the author of the young adult fantasy series, P.A.W.S. which features a secret institute of shapeshifters hidden deep beneath the Jewel Box in Forest Park, St. Louis. In addition she has stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Stardust, Always, Winter Wishes, and Sins of The Past. She has also published a book of puzzles, Paws 4 Logic, with her son Joey. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!




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