Hello Debbie Manber Kupfer, nice to visit with you today. Photo courtesy of Debbie.
Hi everyone! The doorbell just went and I have to hurry to the door to see who is there. (Looking through the peephole in the door). Oh how wonderful, it is author Debbie Manber Kupfer! Hi Debbie, welcome to the Parfait-verse. I hope all is well.
What’s that? Oh yes, I have restocked the shelves. After Raymond Alexander Kukkee ate all of the ice cream sandwiches, I went and got us Oreos instead. Here, sit down and let’s talk a bit about you.
Debbie, please tell us a little about yourself and how you first became interested in writing.
I grew up in London and have lived in Israel, North Carolina, and New York before ending up in St. Louis where I live with my husband, two kids, and the real ruler of our household, our kitty, Miri Billie Joe. I divide my time between writing fiction and writing puzzles for magazines and my puzzle blog, Paws 4 Puzzles, and recently published my first book of logic problems, Paws 4 Logic, together with my son, Joey.
I’ve been writing stories ever since I was a kid. I used to fill notebooks with my tall tales and even wrote a series of “novels” in elementary school. It wasn’t until 2012 though that I first started to take my writing seriously. In October 2012 I had a vision of a young girl being given a silver cat charm by her grandmother, and I knew the vision was important, from this the story of P.A.W.S. was born.
I decided to try NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I put the rest of my life on hold for a month and wrote my story. At the end of the month I had the first draft of P.A.W.S.
And we are so glad you have taking your writing seriously or we would not have gotten these books! That’s great that you completed NaNoWriMo successfully as I have heard it is quite the challenge. Okay, now I am wondering, if you had to choose, which writers would you consider to be mentors? Continue reading