How did you get into writing?
I’ve been writing stories all my life, but only recently started taking my writing seriously. In 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went through chemo, surgery and radiation and thankfully today I’m cancer-free.
I’d always wanted to write a book, but thought I had all the time in the world to do it. Maybe later, after the kids had left home, when I had more time on my hands? But cancer made me realize that if I really wanted to write I needed to do it, so during NaNoWriMo of November 2012 I started writing P.A.W.S. And the rest as they like to say is history!
What types of fiction do you write and why?
My main series P.A.W.S. is a fantasy. It follows the story of Miri, a young Jewish girl who is given a silver cat charm by her grandmother, Celia on the night before she dies. Little does she know but the charm holds a family secret, a magic that saved Celia from the Nazis and is about to plunge Miri into the world of P.A.W.S. – the Partnership of Animagi, Werewolves and Shapeshifters.
I love writing fantasy, because I love to dream. Miri is a lot like me as a child. She’s not very good at her schoolwork, is clumsy, and lives in a dream world and is bullied relentlessly for it, yet she learns she has power and how to use that power to help others. I hope that I’m doing the same with my books. Teaching kids (and adults) to be more tolerant and caring and accepting of the diversity around them.
Talk about your current/most recent project.
In addition to my series, P.A.W.S., I also like to write short stories. My latest two publications are short works. Earlier this year I published a set of three shorts called Will There Be Watermelons on Mars? The stories take place in Israel where I lived for eight years of my life. The third story, Chalutzim, tells the tale of Reuven and Nai’ma, two Israelis (a Jew and an Arab) who after being shunned for their relationship by both their families decide to help build a new future as part of the first human colony on Mars. The story is one of hope. Too much of our news focuses on the negative, but there’s good out there. I saw it when I lived in Israel and I’ve felt it in all the other places I have lived.
My most recent publication, The Big C, is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever written. The story documents the very real fear I went through when I was diagnosed with cancer and how I got through it. All proceeds from the sale of this story go to the wonderful organization, Knitted Knockers, that provides soft breast forms for women who’ve had mastectomies.
When you look back on your work, how do you want to be remembered?
I hope generations will read stories and be entertained, but also I hope they make them think and inspire folk to go out and make their own dreams come true and to help others around them.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Write the stories you want to read and try NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)! Every November writers from around the globe challenge themselves to write 50K words in 30 days. It’s a wonderful challenge and it’s how I got started. And if I can do it, so can you!
Debbie Manber Kupfer grew up in London, lived in Israel, New York, and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, MO, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a very opinionated kitty. She is a writer of puzzles and fiction and the author of the fantasy series, P.A.W.S. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!
Connect with Debbie:
- Between Chaos and Order: The Need For A Middle Way - June 18, 2018
- Spiritual Mamas: Intuition, Spirituality, and Motherhood - June 4, 2018
- Neither Selfish or Selfless – Only Loving! - April 30, 2018