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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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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Meet Mirren Hogan

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we are privileged to host the Night Witches blog tour. Night Witches is a cool new book from eclectic author Mirren Hogan. I caught up with Mirren to ask a few questions.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Mirren.

I’m an Australian author with two kids and too many pets. I write fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, horror, historical fiction… maybe it’d be quicker to say I don’t write romance, ha-ha.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Jennifer Fallon, Anne McCaffrey, JK Rowling, Kathy Reichs, and tons more.

  1. Tell us a bit about Night Witches?

The Night Witches is based on a true story about a regiment of Soviet women who flew biplanes on the front line during WW2. It was their job to drop bombs on the Germans to keep them from sleeping. They frequently came under fire and many were shot down and died. There were three regiments with different roles, but the Night Witches were the only ones to consist entirely of women throughout the war.

The book itself centres around Nadia, a young Russian woman who wants to defend her country, and joins the air force. We follow her training and allocation to the regiment as a navigator. Along the way she makes some friends, but loses many others.

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  1. If you could choose a superpower what would it be?

The ability to edit an entire book in an hour. Lol

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

I like to walk my dog in the forest behind my house.

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  1. Who is your favorite character you have written and why?

Flynn from the upcoming Dark Shores trilogy co-authored by Erin Yoshikawa. He’s cute but goofy, and ends up having to be a bit of an action hero.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I’m working my way through a backlog of editing, but when that’s done I have book 3 of a fantasy series to write.

  1. If you could visit any time period when we choose?

Right now. The last year has been a good place for me. I hope it keeps up!

  1. Do you have any pets? 

Lots! A dog, cat, rabbits, parrots and chickens.

  1. Tell us one odd thing about Australia that we wouldn’t know.

Most people I know don’t say ‘g’day’.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

Ouija board. No really @MirrenHogan on Twitter or on Facebook

Pick up a copy of Night Witches today and check out all of Mirren’s awesome writing on Amazon.

St. Patrick’s Day Promo

A fun book – and it’s green and just 99 cents – go get it!

Lurking In The Shadows

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Guiding Council of Myths and Urban Legends

This is my book. It has green on the cover and there is at least one leprechaun in the story.  How very St. Patrick’s Day-ish.  It’s about Myths, Urban Legends and a struggle between the powers of good and evil – sort of.  It’s written for the YA audience, but everyone will enjoy it.  Oh, and it’s only .99 cents.

The “Guiding Council of Myths and Urban Legends” is a fast-paced, clever, and lively reading experience, and I happily endorse it to other readers – Scott A. Story

I liked it so much I started the next book as soon as I finished the first one – Amazon Customer

What an enjoyable, clever book! – Jessica

This was funny as well as suspenseful, and a very good read for the YA – S.L Perrine

This is a fast paced and exciting book…

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