Ours Goes To Eleven, with Debbie Manber Kupfer

Today’s installment of Ours Goes To Eleven is with Debbie Manber Kupfer, an English transplant to St. Louis. Debbie’s revamped her P.A.W.S series and I was honored to have shared the new cover for her first book last month. The series is awesome and I highly recommend it! So, take it away, Debbie.


1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a writer and puzzle maker originally from London who today lives in St. Louis, MO with my husband, two kids and the real ruler of our household my kitty, Miri Billie Joe.

2. Give us a five word synopsis about your latest work.

Meet Animagi, Werewolves and Shapeshifters.

3. When you’re finished with a piece, do you find that it tends to differ from your original idea, or does the original idea remain more or less intact?

Oh wow how P.A.W.S. changed. In my original idea for the story the main focus was supposed to be the relationship between Miri and Danny and the villain was meant to be Miri’s Uncle David (the fur merchant), then a few chapters in along came Alistair (evil werewolf dude) and basically took over the story and made it all about him!

4. If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?

As it’s YA I would imagine most of the main characters would be unknowns who would grow into their characters, but among the adults I’d definitely want Beneficial Cucumber (Benedict Cumberbatch) probably to play Quentin. Also I have a cousin in England, Philip Philmar, who is a talented actor and I’ve promised him some kind of role if P.A.W.S. is ever a movie!

5. What’s the best thing about being an author? Worst thing?

Best thing is that I get to dream for a living! I can sit at home and create my worlds in the time I have in between taking care of my kids, cat, etc. Worst thing – feeling the need to justify to folk who see it as a waste of time.

6. What writer’s blogs make your Top Three list? Why do they stand out above the other flobbity-jillion out there?

The two I most read are Misha Burnett’s and Nat Russo’s. Both of which I highly recommend as they have consistent and interesting content. (Don’t really have a number 3).

7. What is your writing-time beverage and snack of choice?

Hot tea with milk (about a gallon a day), almonds, dark chocolate mint M&Ms.

8. Do you have any useful marketing tips for other authors?

Bookmarks – get yourself some bookmarks with your cover and your buy links on them and take them everywhere with you and give to anyone who’s interested in your book. Much better than a business card, which is likely just to be tossed.

9. What changes do you see taking place in the publishing industry over the next couple of years?

I think the lines between indie and traditional are going to blur more and more especially as bricks and mortar bookstores are sadly going the way of the dodo.

10. What’s your next project?

I’ve got a few – I’m working on book 3 of my series, currently called Maze of Shadows. I’m also collaborating with a talented artist, Emily Herrera, to publish a children’s picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon. Plus I’m the editor of the second Sins of Time horror anthology, Sins of the Future, that all being well will be out on Halloween 2015.

11. What song gets stuck in your head the most?

This changes quite a bit, but for the last week since I saw them in concert it’s been The Haunting, by Set It Off.


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