Debbie Manber Kupfer – Author Interview

October 14, 2015 | Posted in Author Interviews | By

~~Author Interview~~
Author Debbie Manber KupferToday’s author interview is with the talented Debbie Manber Kupfer, author of P.A.W.S., Argentum, and Paws for Logic. Debbie has also been featured in several anthologies available on Amazon.

Please welcome Debbie Manber Kupfer to XterraWeb ~Books & More~. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

Before we get started, we would like to thank Debbie for taking the time to give us this interview.

Visit Amazon to buy P.A.W.S (book 1 in the P.A.W.S. series) or read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

Amor Libris: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Debbie Manber Kupfer: I grew up in London and lived in Israel before I somehow ended up in St. Louis, where I work as a puzzle constructor and writer. I live with my husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline.

Amor Libris: What is your favorite motivational phrase?

Debbie Manber Kupfer: With enough tea and dark chocolate, you can achieve anything!

Amor Libris: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Debbie Manber Kupfer: I have two hats so to speak. When I’m not writing fiction, I write puzzles for magazines and my blog, Paws 4 Puzzles.

Amor Libris: What books and/or authors have influenced you the most?

Debbie Manber Kupfer: JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series (particularly book 3), Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and Neil Gaiman.

Amor Libris: Are there any new authors who have caught your attention?

Debbie Manber Kupfer: Oh yes, check out Michelle Proulx’s Imminent Danger, Misha Burnett’s Catskinner series, M.A. Ray’s Saga of Menyoral, and Jen Ponce’s Devany Miller series. All indies and all superb.

Amor Libris: Can you share the title and blurb of your latest book?

Debbie Manber Kupfer: I recently rereleased the first book in my series, P.A.W.S.
P.A.W.S. is the story of Miri, a young girl who receives a silver cat charm from her omama on the night before she dies. She has no idea that the charm holds a secret, a powerful magic that saved her omama’s life, and is about to make Miri’s a whole lot more interesting.

Amor Libris: Who is your favorite character from your latest book, and why?

Debbie Manber Kupfer: My favorite character in P.A.W.S. has to be Joey Marks, the animagus Kangaroo. I based this character on my son Joey, and he shares a lot of his traits. Always bouncing, always curious, loves board games, but is also very smart and compassionate.

Amor Libris: Are any of the characters and/or experiences in your books based upon yourself or someone you know?

Debbie Manber Kupfer: Lots—apart from Joey, Miri’s Omama is based on my own Omama who I also lost at the age of 10. Like Miri, I also had a best friend called Jenny when I was small who I played with each day, including a game called “Fairies” that we used to play on the stairs in my house. Even though my books are fantasy, many, many of the experiences inside are based on my own life including sadly the bullying sequence towards the beginning of the book.

Amor Libris: Can you share with us about what you are working on now or your next project?

Debbie Manber Kupfer: Well as books 1 and 2 of the P.A.W.S. series are out, I’m now working on book 3 in the series, Maze of Shadows. Without giving too much away, I’ll say that Miri gets to visit Israel in this book as she searches for the story behind the mysterious book she picks up in book 2, Argentum.

I’m also working with a talented artist to publish a picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon, that I hope to have out in early 2016.

Amor Libris: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Debbie Manber Kupfer: Try NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It’s really helped me!

Amor Libris: How can we contact you and find out more about you and your books?

Debbie Manber Kupfer:

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Jay Harez – Author Interview

October 13, 2015 | Posted in Author Interviews | By

~~Author Interview~~
Author Jay HarezToday’s author interview is with the talented Jay Harez, author of Wet Drive, Commute, and Depot.

Please welcome Jay Harez to XterraWeb ~Books & More~. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

Before we get started, we would like to thank Jay for taking the time to give us this interview.

Visit Amazon to buy Wet Drive or read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

Amor Libris: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Jay Harez: Be glad to. I’m Jay Harez, a native Texan. I have been writing short stories for the last few years, and as of recently, I write screenplays.

Amor Libris: What is your favorite motivational phrase?

Jay Harez: “In the history of everything that works there was a time that it didn’t ” ~Aaron Sorkin~

Amor Libris: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Jay Harez: I love to travel as much as possible even if it’s just a short hop to a nearby small town that I have never heard of.

Amor Libris: What books and/or authors have influenced you the most?

Jay Harez: Wilbur Smith’s Courtney series, Caleb Carr’s The Alienist and any of Stephen King’s short story collections are what really “showed me the way” as it were.

Amor Libris: Are there any new authors who have caught your attention?

Jay Harez.: I just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and loved it.

Amor Libris: Can you share the title and blurb of your latest book?

Jay Harez: Sure, it’s titled Wet Drive and it’s about a truck driver who smuggles along the Texas/Mexico border.

When you see an 18-wheeler on the highway do you ever wonder what’s inside? When Charlie – a desperate and out of work truck driver–agrees to smuggle something across the border and into Mexico he immediately regrets it.

His mysterious employers are determined to keep him in the dark about his cargo and Mexican drug cartels have decided to make him a target. However, if he lives through this it could be the most lucrative haul he’s ever had.

On the road Charlie learns that he is not prepared for the horror that travels with him as his cargo.

Amor Libris: Who is your favorite character from your latest book, and why?

Jay Harez: Unfortunately, I write about some really low-life characters, and although they have their charms, I find most of them to be just horrible people.

Amor Libris: Are any of the characters and/or experiences in your books based upon yourself or someone you know?

Jay Harez: As the saying goes, ninety percent of fiction is true, so there are some characteristics and behavioral stuff that I can attest to being real.

Amor Libris: Can you share with us about what you are working on now or your next project?

Jay Harez: Yes, I would be glad to. The premise is that a group of miners in south Louisiana is conducting a survey of an abandoned mine. They become trapped and realize at some point they are not alone and are in mortal danger. I’m going to title it after I’m done writing it.

Amor Libris: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Jay Harez: Keep writing.

Amor Libris: How can we contact you and find out more about you and your books?

Jay Harez: Stage32 is an excellent way to contact me.

You can also find me on Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and my website.

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