It’s Sunday…which means tomorrow is Monday. Let me help you with your early Monday blues by showcasing this special character interview featuring Oswald from Catula by Debbie Manber Kupfer. Stop by and check it out. Who knows you might find an awesome book to purchase.
Who are you and what makes you great?
My name is Oswald and I’m the Principle of the P.A.W.S. Institute of New York. I’m an animagus flamingo and am very fond of the color pink. I run the Institute with a firm but friendly hand. I also very much enjoy art and teach an art class at P.A.W.S. for those who are artistically inclined. I also enjoy interpretive dance and song in my flamingo form and have been told I have amazing range.
What is your sole purpose in life?
To act as shepherd and guide to the students and faculty of P.A.W.S.
What kind of adventures have you had that stay with you until this day?
It is a checkered past that led me to where I am today. Before settling at the New York Institute I traveled the globe visiting different international communities of shapeshifters. One of the most exciting was my time spent in the P.A.W.S. Institute of Kenya where I was honored to go on safari with the then head of the institute, Alhaadi. Alhaadi’s animagus is an elephant and I traveled on his back for part of the journey. I will never forget my time there and hope that someday I can visit again.
Do you have a love interest? If you do please tell us about him/her or why you don’t.
Yes, Geoffrey and I have been together for eight years. His raven form, so much more practical than my flamingo, helps keep me grounded. He is also an excellent listener. As the Principal at P.A.W.S. I spend much of my day listening to the problems of others. It is good to relax in the evening and share a bottle of fine wine with Geoffrey and unload the problems of the day.
Tell us about your journey you are on and how it has helped you grow as a person.
And as flamingo — don’t forget that! Seriously, even though I’m head of the institute I still learn something new every day. In particular during this last year we have taken in our first werewolf. Werewolves in New York have traditionally had a bad reputation as there is a well-known werewolf mafia that operates out of Brooklyn that have caused some terrible conflicts over the years. The werewolf at P.A.W.S. though, Jamie Barnes, appears to be an earnest young man who assures me that he only ever hunts vermin on the full moon. I believe therefore that Jamie is helping me overcome my previous prejudice against wolves.
What kind of creatures do you see on a daily basis?
Ah, well we have all sorts at P.A.W.S. Cats and birds aplenty along with a talented group of animagus foxes who have formed a rock band (Demonica and the Screaming Foxes). We also currently host a spider monkey who is fond of losing himself in the trees of Central Park and a magnificent peacock who is the most talented student in my art class.
Who do you look up too? Why?
I very much respect Jessamyn, my counterpart at the P.A.W.S. Institute of the Midwest. She is probably the most powerful magician of illusion in the world. She transforms her office daily into a different scene and I swear you can even smell the scent of the blossoms in her illusory meadows.
If you had one thing about yourself that you would want to change what would it be?
It is unwise mess with perfection, don’t you think?
Who is your ultimate enemy? Why?
The werewolf, Frederick, currently concerns me. He is gaining in power and I don’t fully understand his ultimate goal. I do understand that he is dangerous and volatile and that ultimately we all at P.A.W.S. will need to battle against him.
What should we expect from you in your coming book?
My book? I am but one of the players in COTULA. All the stones need to come together and I am thankful to do my part.
Follow the Cotula. The stone will show you the way.
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Far off in Manus Wu, a plan is set in place. An Old One sends colutae out into the world. These stones when brought together have the power to release Rifka. Yet does she truly want to go home?
Meet an empathic goat, a family of otters, a girl who loves to draw fairies, and a dragon in this new installment of the P.A.W.S. Saga.
Debbie Manber Kupfer grew up in London. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis. She lives with her husband, two children and two very opinionated felines.
She works as a writer, editor, and a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She is the author of the young adult fantasy series, P.A.W.S. which features a secret international organization of shapeshifters. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!