Debbie Manber Kupfer

Debbie Manber Kupfer

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About Debbie Manber Kupfer

Debbie Manber Kupfer 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 for the last 15 years she has  worked as 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 P.A.W.S., a young adult fantasy novel that was published by Rocking Horse Publishing in the Summer of 2013, and is currently working on the sequel.She also has stories in a number of anthologies including Flash It!, Fauxpocalypse, and Shades of Fear. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!


Do you have an ebook copy of P.A.W.S., Flash It!, Fauxpocalypse or Shades of Fear? Debbie can sign that for you. Click on the link below.

P.A.W.S  and Argentum

 This is the story of Miri, a  young Jewish-American girl who feels lost and alone. Her grandmother, with whom she lived her whole life, is suddenly gone and, along with her, the family secret. Miri is uprooted from New York to St. Louis, thrust into a boarding school, and abandoned.

Tortured by bullies, Miri is shocked to discover a hidden power that she possesses, one that can save her… but certainly makes her life a bit more complicated. After she is befriended by Josh, and others with the same strange, magical powers, her history and her very life are defined by the tenets of P.A.W.S., the Partnership for Animagi,
Werewolves, and Shapeshifters.

Anthologies Featuring Debbie


Beware the Teg

Debbie Manber Kupfer




RETURN . . .


“Why so glum?” said a voice. “A maiden as young and beautiful as you

should be happy, and yet you seem so sad.”

Ramora looked up. The fairy was emerald green with tiny gossamer wings

and beady yellow eyes. She hovered by Ramora’s side and smiled at the girl, a

glint of mischief in her eyes.


Green . . . everywhere, an emerald mist . . . then out of the mist there came

an eerie laughter. Jessamyn instinctively clutched her silver scepter. The Teg was

a little shorter than she. It was green, and resembled the picture in the book, but

the book could never even begin to represent the feeling of it. It oozed magic out

of every pore . . . and delight; sheer, utter delight.

It approached Jessamyn and clapped its hands, its sharp beady eyes taking in

her appearance from every angle.

“You’ll do!” it said. “You’ll do very nicely, but wait . . . are you really innocent?

Are you truly pure? If I am to have a new home, it has to be pristine. No

secondhand goods for Stella. Oh no, Stella only takes the best!”



During her stay she was visited by both Stella and her sister Morgana in

turn. Both vied for her attention. “Aren’t I the most beguiling?” said Stella,

twirling her tiny green form in front of Cici. “Stay with Stella, and I will give you

riches beyond compare. Stay with me and you will not want for anything your

little feline heart desires.”

Morgana had a different set of promises. “Come with me, Cici, and together

we can rule the world. Together with Morgana you can wreak vengeance on

those who have hurt you. Morgana can see it, you are in pain. Someone above

the ground has hurt you, betrayed you and you are hiding from them. That is why

you traveled in your feline form. But with Morgana you can free yourself from

those who have hurt you and live in whichever form most pleases.”

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. She is the author of P.A.W.S and Argentum and has

short stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Shades of Fear, Darkly Never After,

and Sins of the Past. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve

anything! Connect with Debbie on her blog or

Facebook .

Debbie’s Q&A

Many members of our Fellowship chose to take part in a Q&A. Here is Debbie’s.

Q: Your audience

D: Teens and adults

Q: Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

D: I grew up in London and today live in St. Louis Mo where I share my time between writing puzzles for magazines and writing fiction. I have two published books and am working on my third. I also have short stories published in a number of anthologies.

Q: What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

D:  Argentum – Book 2 in my series P.A.W.S. Argentum is Latin for silver. All of the magic in my series is related to silver in some way, whether it’s the through the silver charms the shapeshifters wear, or the silver wands and scrying bowls the magicians use.

Q: Do you have any unusual writing habits?

D: I need about a gallon of hot tea and milk to get through my day.

Q: What authors or books have influenced you?

D: J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

Q: What are you working on now?

D:The third book of my series plus a book of logic puzzles, Paws4Logic.

Q: What is your best method or website for book promotion

D:Facebook, Twitter

Q: Do you have any advice for new authors?

D: Try NaNoWriMo – it really helped me.

Q: What is the best advice you have ever heard?

D: Write what you like to read.

Q: What are you reading now?

D: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

Q: What’s next for you as a writer?

D: Finish book 3 of my series and then onto book 4 (and sprinkle with some short stories and lots of puzzles along the way!

Q: 3 or 4 books for deserted island?

D: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, A Box set of the Harry Pottet books!

Q: What inspires you to write?

D: Anything and everything!

Q: Tell us about your writing process

D:I’ve started each of my novels during NaNoWriMo. During NaNo I set myself a daily target of 2000 words and don’t allow myself on the internet until I’m done. Once I finish my first draft I put the book away for a month or two and then I go back and edit. After I’ve edited I send my book to my good friend Larry who beta reads for me (I also beta read his work). Then I make changes and edit again. Finally I’ll send my book off to my publisher, Rocking Horse Publishing, and wait!

Q: Are you an outliner or a seat of the pants writer?

D: For the first book in the series I was totally a pantser. Today on book 3 I have a timeline and a character list and a basic idea where my story is going, but I’m still surprised by the places I go along the way.

Q: Do you listen to or talk to your characters?

D: I know an awful lot about my characters, much more than the reader ever will. Even seemingly unimportant characters may sometimes take a center role in a few part of my series. They talk to me all the time.

Q: How do you interact with your characters while you are writing?

D: I let them lead me.

Q:How did you decide how to publish your books?

D:I met Robin Tidwell of Rocking Horse Publishing at my local writer’s group. I had got to the stage with P.A.W.S. where I was ready to query agents, but I was terrible at it. Try as I might I couldn’t write a decent query letter. So I decided to send my book to Rocking Horse and they loved it and the rest as we like to say is history.

Q:What do you think about the future of book publishing?

D: I think the lines between traditional and indie published authors are blurring and in the future this will be even more so.


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