Weaving together the threads that make up my passion for the written word…as an author, editor, and follower of The Word.
Help us get to know you better! What do you write, and how do you describe yourself as an author?
My main series, P.A.W.S. is YA fantasy. It is the tale of Miri, a young girl who is a given a silver cat charm by her grandmother, Celia, on the day before Celia dies. Little does she know but the charm holds a family secret, a magic that saved Celia’s life and is about to make Miri’s a lot more interesting.
In addition to my main series, I also write short stories in different genres and puzzles for puzzle magazines.
I love creating my tales and my puzzles and try to do something creative every day. I also strongly believe that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything.
Of all the characters you’ve created, which one do you wish you could hang out with in real life and why?
Without a doubt, the old Welsh magician, Gromer the Green. I would love to spend some time in his “castle” (actually just a cave), sample his wondrous pea soup and listen to his wisdom.
What innermost passion drives your writing, and what do you hope your readers feel or experience when they read your work?
I have a whole world in my head that needs to come out. I would write my story even if I didn’t have a single reader, but it’s even better when others enjoy my words and my world, and can lose themselves in the magic. I would absolutely adore if someone someday wrote fanfiction or made fanart of my world.
When Miri’s grandmother dies, she takes with her the family secret. Miri finds herself alone and abandoned in a St. Louis boarding school. But she is about to discover the secret isn’t dead. Taunted by bullies, Miri is shocked to learn she possesses a secret power. It can save her… but can it save those she loves? After she is befriended by others with the same strange, magical powers, her history comes alive. And with it, Miri’s fate becomes more dangerous. Join Miri on a mysterious and supernatural journey with her new friends, members of an underground St. Louis society known as the Partnership for Animagi, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters, better known as P.A.W.S.
Argentum . . . silver. Magical powers. The death of Alistair has brought a measure of peace and calm to those at P.A.W.S., but his silver charm remains in Miri’s possession and it seems to almost have a life of its own. Nightmares and questions torment Miri until the charm mysteriously disappears and Jessamyn seeks help from Quentin, who claims to have repented his past association with Alistair. But can he be trusted? And what of Jenna, a young girl once held captive by Alistair who carries a terrible secret—a secret that could determine the future of P.A.W.S.
Vienna, October 20th, 1941, today is Celia’s tenth birthday. This is not the way she imagined celebrating it. She is with her family – her mama Miriam, her papa David, her elder brother Issel and her baby sister Sara. They are all crouched together in the back room of their tiny two-room apartment in Grosse Spielgasse, in the dark, barely breathing.
Outside the building, the boot steps get nearer and nearer – Celia hears shouting, screaming, gunshots. She crouches down even closer to the ground, wishing they could all somehow be swallowed up by the shadows. Celia holds her cat Max tightly in her arms, feeling his warmth, his soft tabby fur close to her skin, willing him to stay quiet.
Her mamma cradles little Sara at her breast, nursing her so she will not cry out. Outside the pounding footsteps get closer, closer: “Juden, Juden, Heraus, Heraus, Schnell, Schnell!!” Now they are at the door of the neighbors – the Wassersteins. She hears crying and a single gun-shot.
Miriam beckons to her, “Celia, mein Katzerl, come here,” she whispers, “I have something for you, for your birthday.”
Celia approaches Miriam cautiously still clutching Max to her, “What is it Mama?” she says gazing into Miriam’s green, green eyes – studying her prematurely wrinkled face, memorizing every crease. Mama, my mama, she thinks.
Still holding baby Sara with her left hand Miriam reaches round the back of her neck with her right and unclasps the chain that she always wears under her clothes close to her heart. It is a silver chain with a cat charm on it. “Take this Celia, mein Katzerl, wear it always, remember I love you. Ich liebe dich.”
“I love you, Mama,” she whispers as she fastens the chain around her neck, just as the doors burst open – six gestapo soldiers rush into their home – “Juden, Heraus, Heraus . . .” Celia watches as her family is herded out of the door . . .
Debbie grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer and a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. Her first novel, P.A.W.S., was published in June 2013 and her second book in the series, Argentum, was released in October 2014. In addition she has stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Shades of Fear, Darkly Never After, and Sins of The Past. In February 2015 she published a book of logic puzzles, Paws 4 Logic, with her son Joey. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!
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