My interview with Debbie Manber-Kupfer

Today I’m on Mirren Hogan’s blog. Check it out!

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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…

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21st Century Wonder Stories: Call For Submissions

Call for submissions for an interesting looking anthology.

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We are looking for 21st Century Pulp Revival stories. 

Who’s we?  Well, there’s me, Rawle Nyanzi,  Kevyn Winkless, and Sky Hernstrom. There is also a good chance that, once complete, the anthology will be published by Superversive Press.

Right now payment details haven’t been worked out, but I’ll be honest, this collection is not likely to be a money maker.  The goal of the anthology is to promote the Pulp ideals and the authors involved.  I’ll post more details when I have them.

What is meant by 21st Century Pulp Revival? Rawle came up with this list, which I have expanded on somewhat:

1) The setting must be contemporary Earth. No “Twenty minutes into the future,” no 1950s/60s period pieces, and no alternate history. Stories should be set in the world that you see outside your window.  No time travel, space travel, or dimension hopping. 

Exotic…

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An Interview with a Faoladh

Today on Paws 4 Thought we are happy to invite Diana Warren.  Diana’s story is told by Leah Chiasson in Marked for the Hunt available on Amazon.

  1. Welcome Diana. So happy you could join us. Now let’s get started. Tell us what was it like growing up as a werewolf?
    • Well, you see, I’m not exactly a werewolf. I am actually something called Faoladh, a hybrid between human and fae. Say it with me: FOW-LUH. You got this. Everything I’d been promised as a child, safety and protection within the Clan, was a lie. I learned that lesson pretty quickly. After I got away from that, I was forced to learn to live as a Clan-less wolf. No wolves were to be trusted, but there were a lot less of them out West than there were back in Wolf’s Head, that was for sure.
  2. So what made you leave your pack?
    • The all-consuming fear that I was next. My father was killed when I was fourteen and there was no question that I was next on his list. It was sheer luck in the events that followed that allowed me to survive. The only option after that was to pack up and leave. If I wasn’t there, I wasn’t in that man’s way. As much as he would have liked to kill me for the fun of it, I think being out of his way was fine with him, too.
  3. Why are you returning now?
    • My grandfather, the man that assumed the role of Alpha after my father’s death, had passed. It’s hard to believe that such a stout old man keeled over from old age. I didn’t think that was possible for faoladh.
  4. What’s the hardest part of being a werewolf (Faoladh)?
    • It’s a toss up. On one hand, I have this beast inside of me with her own thoughts and desires and fears that I can barely handle at times. On the other hand, I never feel entirely safe. There are other clan-less wolves out there, looking to get me off their supposed territory or want to play with me for their own shits and giggles.
  5. What’s the most fun part?
    • I haven’t decided yet.
  6. What’s your favorite food?
    • By default, I guess I’d have to say chocolate. It does something to our systems, helps calm our beast nature. Then again, nothing beats a serving of really good mashed potatoes. They’re the freaking best comfort food. Instant is good in a pinch, but my Aunt Magda makes the meanest bowl of mashed potatoes that I’ve had the pleasure of running off with on Thanksgiving day.
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
    • Somewhere there isn’t a magical community. Can you imagine the quiet, normal kind of life that would lead to? If you know where I might be able to find such a place, drop me a line.
  8. Do you listen to music? If so what kind? Who’s your favorite artist/band?
    • I prefer metal and alt-rock most of the time. Some like to call my tastes a little cliché or dated, but that’s why I always invest in ear buds, right? I love to listen to Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, and Rise Against. Out of all of them, Stone Sour might be my favorite band.
  9. Who would you prefer to be the next Clan Alpha?
    • I wish I could have seen what my father could have accomplished. I wish I could have seen what kind of man he would become over the years. There should have been safety, and maybe even growth, with him. It breaks my heart to think that his time was cut short, but I’m glad he isn’t here to see what kind of mess I’ve become.
  10. Anything else you wish more folk understood about werewolves?
    • Not all of us are evil. It’s the greed of the human in us that makes us do the awful things that we do. It’s the greed of the human that pushes us to kill for power. Not the beast in us.

You can read more of Diana’s story in Marked For the Hunt available on Amazon.

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Author Interview: Debbie Manber Kupfer

I was interviewed over at No Wasted Ink. Check it out!

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Fantasy writer and puzzle maker, Debbie Manber Kupfer believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can do anything. I’m pleased to welcome her here on No Wasted Ink.

author-debbie-manber-kupferHi there, thanks so much for having me. I’m Debbie Manber Kupfer and I’m a writer, puzzle maker, mom, cat lover, and tea drinker! I grew up in London, spent time in Israel, New York, and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, MO, where I live with my husband, two kids and a very opinionated feline called Miri Billie Joe.

I divide my time between writing fiction and writing puzzles for magazines and my blog, Paws 4 Puzzles. I get through my day by drinking about a gallon of hot tea with milk and rewarding myself with the occasional piece of dark chocolate.

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve pretty much always written. I remember…

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Open Call Speculative Fiction Anthology

Interesting call for submissions that I know some of my followers may appreciate.

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With the successful completion of our first open call we’re ready to jump on the next project. Our second anthology will be released November 1st.

Last time we started with a broad theme – tolerance and intolerance, and set a few genre restrictions. This time we’re starting with a title:

The Twilight Madhouse

No, we are not looking for Twilight fan fiction. We are looking for speculative fiction (all forms of fantasy and science fiction) that deals with the grey area between night and day, between sanity and madness, good and evil, monster and hero … you get the point.

Submission length: 1,000-15,000 words. This is a loose guideline. Don’t self reject if you are a little longer or shorter. If in doubt, send us a note with the word count and we’ll let you know if it’s something we’d consider.

We require at least 5 stories to publish. We’d like…

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Blogging from A to Z – Theme Reveal

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For the last three years I’ve participated in the A to Z challenge over on my sister page – Paws 4 Puzzles. This year for a change I’ve decided to participate on this blog (but will occasionally add some puzzles over on the other site.)

Those of you who have picked up Umbrae (P.A.W.S. 3) may have noticed a character list at the back of the book. Three books into the P.A.W.S. Saga and I have a lot of characters. So I thought why not make this this year’s theme for the Blogging from A to Z.

So join me on April 1st for the ABC of the characters from P.A.W.S.

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Arrows & Angels

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Kieran’s job of being a guardian angel is straightforward: observe and learn—and don’t intervene in their lives. But then he watches as his first charge dies at the hands of evil while he does nothing to help.

Overcome with grief and doubt, Kieran flees back to the safety of heaven. With guidance from his mentor, he learns all he can about the Battle of the Fallen and the creation of evil itself. With renewed determination, he vows he will save the Ordinaries in his care.

The rules of being a guardian angel have not changed, but Kieran has. Returning to earth, only Kieran knows how essential it is to find and protect one 17-year-old girl. The girl who can thwart the Devil’s escape from his prison and the start of Armageddon.

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