I am participating in a blog tour. What is a blog tour I don't hear you ask? I haven't the foggiest, (or should I say sluggiest?). However, I have been roped into this by a mischievous fiend named, Tony Gilbert - a fellow author, funslug, and grower of feeble facial hair. His blog can be found here: http://tonygilbertauthor.weebly.com
So, I have been asked to take part as I am renowned the world over and a blog tour just wouldn't be a blog tour without yours truly. With me participating the blog tour finally has some glamour, prestige and electric furriness. Below you shall find the answers to four questions answered in the Zapple way followed by bios of three other bloggers that were willing to take over the baton. Enough rambling, read on!
1) What am I working on?
Aside from another moustache to rival Mr Snazzy (shh! He doesn't know yet!) and another genetically modified slug that can write books that actually sell and make me richer than that Rowling person, I am currently putting the finishing touches to Nicu - The Littlest Vampire in 'Fangless'. A rather short title. It's about a fangless vampire - if you hadn't guessed. If you hadn't guessed from the title then Clyde the Slug will be over to visit you shortly to give you a thorough grounding in English, home economics and sluggonomics.
Once Nicu has been completed, I plan on starting work on the third in the Duke & Michel series, entitled 'The Return of the Nibbles', then start work on 'Cyril the Dragon'. After all that's completed I may continue with my plans to conquer Norfolk.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
First of all it's infinitely better and I say that as an objective observer. My books contain the Zapple wit that can only be found in books written by Elias Zapple. If there are other books containing the famed Zapple wit then please let me know so that my slugs can hunt them down and give their kitchen a thorough sliming!
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do as that's what emerges from my magnificent brain. My slugs occasionally help and most of them are not the sharpest tools in the toolbox. It's a miracle they can write anything at all. So, be grateful and stop asking me these questions. Hmm, maybe I'll throw a cabbage at you.
4) How does my writing process work?
After my morning cabbage throwing at my irritated neighbour Dieter, I retire to my study, sip from a cup of herbal tea, berate Colin the Slug for no reason whatsoever, prick my little finger then get scribbling. I'm normally passed out by lunchtime.
Now to pass the slug - I mean baton - to my three fellow authors, friends and cabbage-throwers.
MARY JOSEFINA CADE:
My ideal job description would be Merlin’s apprentice on the Camelot team. King Arthur is my once and future King and fairy gold is my natural currency. I did manage to snatch some away from my local dragon but stores have refused to accept it, so I’ve been forced to work in a money generating building. Here the computer demons keep me trapped in a dark and dusty basement full of mischievous elves.
When I can escape I spend my time translating my dreams into words. Plus creating spells and Grail seeking.
Teddy O' Malley was born in in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has traveled all over the United States and enjoys learning about new things and other cultures. She has enjoyed studying Spanish, German, and now Italian as well. She dreams of visiting a foreign country. Teddy O'Malley also works part time as a nurse assistant and helps the disabled and elderly.
Darren Lewis was born in Cardiff in 1975 and now lives with his wife and two children in Norfolk.
After twenty years in the print industry he has seen many books and magazines being produced around him, and although an avid reader of many genres, it wasn't until his daughter Ellie, aged 6 at the time, asked for a story of her own that inspired him to put pen to paper.
"Ellie and I would like to make up bedtime stories, mainly about a kangaroo that travelled the world and have adventures. Then one day she quite calmly asked me for a book of her own!"
Bedtime stories and his daughter’s request would lead to the first book in the Seren trilogy. 'Ellie and the Rabbits' in which our young heroine meets a group of talking rabbits.
Sluggers, Zappleheads, Zapplers, Cabbagers, Dukers and other fans of me, my slugs, my books, my cabbages you may soon rejoice as this week, or next, will see the launch of two new books and the re-launch of the current two? New covers, new illustrations, new books, new prices, new slugs, new laughs, new tears and new tea bags. Get ready for a hilarious week of adventure and more Zappleness. The sequel to Duke & Michel: The Mysterious Corridor, Duke & Michel: The King Tingaling Painting, Elias Zapple's Rhymes from the Cabbage Patch and... that's about it. Get those pennies out now!
Taking a cue from Carlos the Slug, a famous maker of tequila, I decided to create my own concoction. Once I had gathered the necessary cabbages, I started the process and soon distilled a marvellous tequila-like substance. However, I wanted to put my own stamp on Elias Zapple's Noggin Rocker (the name of my beverage), and not put a worm in it like Carlos the Slug does with his tequila. So, I gathered together a few trusty slugs, turned the radiators on high then asked if they fancied a refreshing swim. They jumped for joy and right into the tank containing my cool concoction (they obviously thought it was water). Soon all of them were so exceedingly inebriated that I was then able to bottle each one. Elias Zapple's Noggin Rocker (with a drunk slug inside), available to purchase now.
In Maputo I am known for my love of tinned tuna.