Author Spotlight- Debbie Manber Kupfer author of P.A.W.S.

I was interviewed by author and rock singer Julie Young.

Author/ Writer Julie Young

Debbie Manber Kupfer is today’s author spotlight and I am really happy to introduce her to my friend, readers and fans! Her latest book P.A.W.S. is burning up the Amazon charts and getting some amazing reviews! I am thrilled to give Debbie a chance to share a little about herself with us and hope that everyone has a chance to check her out soon!

PAWS      P.A.W.S. (Rocking Horse Publishing ISBN-10: 0989568504, ISBN-13: 978-0989568500)

1. Tell our audience a little about yourself: I grew up in London, and lived in Israel and New York, before finally moving to St. Louis. I have a husband, two kids, and a very opinionated feline. I get through my days by drinking a lot of tea (hot, strong and with milk) and the occasional piece of dark chocolate.

 2. Tell us a little about your latest release: P.A.W.S. is the story of Miri, a young…

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Readers Are The Only Gatekeepers


I don’t often disagree with Chuck Wendig, but I feel strongly about his recent post FOLLOW-UP ON SELF-PUBLISHING: READERS ARE NOT GOOD GATEKEEPERS.

To be fair, I do agree with his basic thesis, writing for pay is business, and if you’re in business it’s important to do your best work if you want to stay in business. In an ideal world, no one would ever publish a book that is known to be bad.

This is why it isn’t an ideal world: writers don’t get to decide if their books are good or bad. Nor do publishers, editors, reviewers, or literature professors. In the end there is only one meaningful standard by which books can be judged–do people want to read them?

There are things that writers can do to stack the odds in our favor.  Writing is a craft, and there are skills that can be learned and practiced…

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Interview with Dawn Hawkins

Katie Lea Yates

I recently had the privilege of being a beta reader for Danny’s Grace, the debut novel of Dawn Hawkins. (If you haven’t seen it, my review of her novel is here.) As an added bonus, I actually had the opportunity to interview Ms. Hawkins. I’d like to share it with you:

You’re a published novelist. Congratulations! How does it feel to have something from your own imagination out there for everyone to see?

Thank you. It’s one of the most exciting things I have ever felt in my life. It is also the scariest. Writing a novel is the closest thing to baring your soul as you can get. Novels may not be true stories, but they certainly come from your heart and soul.

Tell us a little bit about Danny’s Grace.

Danny has had a rough childhood, but he never gives up. He rises above all of…

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My review of “Danny’s Grace” by Dawn Hawkins

Katie Lea Yates

I was recently given the opportunity to read and review Dawn Hawkins’ debut novel, Danny’s Grace. I’m thrilled to have been chosen as a beta reader, and I’m so glad I can share this review with you before the book is even released. Within the next week, I’ll be posting an interview with Ms. Hawkins, so that you’ll have the chance to get to know this exciting new author a little better.

DG cover

Danny’s Grace tells the story of a former teen idol (Danny Rush) being interviewed by a woman (Grace) who wants to write a book about him. During the course of the interview, he takes her back through his life, hitting high points and low points and everything in between.

The characters in this book are intense. Ms. Hawkins brings each new character to life within a few sentences of their introduction into the novel, making them into real…

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