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Intentional Writer Interview: Debbie Manber Kupfer - Debbie talks peace, wateremelons, and inspiration.As readers when we think about writing, sometimes we forget the importance of purpose. Purpose is what motivates a creator and can be very intentional, subconscious, or literally careless. This group of interviews is about those writers who create with clear intention to make the world a better place.Today I’m privileged to share my interview with Debbie Manber Kupfer, a wonderful well-loved author in several genres that echo my own! Enjoy!Interview with Debbie Manber Kupfer

Tell us a little about you.

I divide my time between writing fiction and writing puzzles for magazines. I’m the author of the YA fantasy series, P.A.W.S. and a number of short stories including the collection, Will There Be Watermelons on Mars?

I believe with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

When and why did you start writing?

I’ve been writing ever since I was small. Writing has always been an escape for me. Like Miri, my main character in P.A.W.S., I often used writing as a release from the real world and the bullies that hounded me as a kid.

Later I continued to write, but never really took my writing seriously until I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2011. I went through chemo, surgery, and radiation, and I’m thankful to say that today I’m cancer-free. But my brush with mortality got me thinking that if I really wanted to write and publish a book I needed to do it now, because you never know how much time you have in this world.

Why did you choose to write “Chalutzim?”

“Chalutzim” is the third story inside the collection, Will There Be Watermelons on Mars? I wrote the story originally for an anthology that focused on the future colonization of Mars. I sat in Starbucks and Reuven and Na’ima’s story just flowed from my pen. As I mentioned before, I lived in Israel for eight years and part of that time was spent living and working in the Arab village of Tira. There were a couple of mixed Jewish-Arab families in Tira, but generally Jews and Arabs in Israel stay separate and a relationship like that of Reuven and Na’ima would be frowned upon by both families.

So what if they went to Mars? Got a fresh start? What if they could be the new Martians? What if there was hope?

If there is one thing you’d want people to do after reading this book, what would it be?

That it’s possible – that we can build peace at a personal level. In Israel and in the world as a whole and even on other worlds!

So will there be watermelons on Mars?

Well, you’re going to have read the book to find out!

What is the best way to connect with you online?

Stalk me on Facebook, or Twitter. You can also get the latest on my blog here.

Connecting with IntentionSince starting the Intentional Writer Interview series, I’ve gotten a flood of responses from like-minded people! I’m so incredibly excited and grateful to be able to focus the energy and effort of so many wonderful human beings working to make the world a better place!Please leave a comment below, find out more about the Intentional Writers group, or if you have published a book, collection, or blog with intention – contact me here to participate in the interview series!

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