Elias: Hello, Ann. Thank you so much for coming.
Ann: It's a real privilege and honour to be here. I'm truly not worthy.
Elias: Your book, Surprise in Auntie's Garden, is in both English and Spanish. Are you discriminating against other languages?
Ann: Actually I am completely fluent in English and Spanish, so I write the books in the languages I know. I could make up others, or I could have them translated, but I prefer to know what is written. No discrimination involved.
Elias: Recently, you were in a poetry contest against me, Elias Zapple, in which you were quite soundly beaten. Have you considered writing a book of poems? (You would naturally be hoping that I do not also release a book of poems).
Ann: Actually, Your Zappleness, I believe you are delusional. I was judged to have won that poetry contest, but you changed the rules. Aside from that, yes. I have written a great deal of poetry and have considered releasing an anthology in the future.
Elias: Your book, Surprise in Auntie's Garden, is about Erin finding a funny-looking worm. Wouldn't it have been better if she had found a violent-looking slug? Would you consider changing this bearing in mind my cabbages are aimed at you?
Ann: Remember, I am not afraid of your cabbages. They could not hurt me, since I am in the USA. If Erin had found a violent-looking slug, the rest of the story could not have not unfolded realistically. I'm glad I chose the worm (caterpillar).
Elias: Do you prefer green cabbages or purple cabbages?
Ann: I prefer purple cabbages because you grow green cabbages. I am somewhat contrary in nature at times. Especially with specialists such as you.
Elias Are you prouder of being an author or a morris dancer?
Ann: Since I do not know the morris dances yet, I am prouder of being an author.
Elias: When not writing children's books and cowering in a corner in fear of a barrage of cabbages raining down upon you, what do you do?
Ann: I do not cower in a corner in fear of a barrage of cabbages...I am a brave sort. I must be to participate in your FaceBook page interactions. I love humour, I love my family, I am active in the community and very interested in world cultures and languages. I am always learning.
Elias: What inspires you to write, besides my moustache?
Ann: My first 2 books were based on actual events with young family members. My third is in progress and takes place in the UK, where I actually visited, thankfully before I met you. It will deal with understanding why "different" does not need to be threatening, and it says nothing about cabbages.
Elias: You claim to have Viking ancestry. How would a Viking solve the Korea problem?
Ann: Actually, Vikings had nothing to do with the Korea problem, so that was an easy question.
Elias: What gave you the greater satisfaction: Having your book published or meeting Elias Zapple?
Ann: That one is difficult, but I will have to opt for the greater satisfaction of having my book(s) published.
Elias: Aside from attempting to make the whole world learn how to morris dance, what's next for Ann Morris?
Ann: Thank you for asking! I mentioned earlier that I am currently working on my 3rd book pair. I have many others in various stages of development. I have begun to print each book with the characters in a different race or ethnicity, and later even mix them. My global concerns are a passion of mine, and my writing is essential to my being. I write to teach children of all ages to love learning and to continue to explore knowledge. Deep inside, I believe that everyone has something to contribute to global understanding and peace. We deal with people, not groups. I believe in the individual.
Thank you, Ann. I'm sure it was a pleasure for you to be interviewed by me.
Surprise in Auntie's Garden:
'Auntie and her niece, Erin, both love flowers. Auntie is proud of her flower garden, and Erin likes to be with her among the flowers. One day Erin finds a funny kind of “worm” in the garden and calls Auntie over to see it. While learning about what this "worm" was, Erin learns a valuable lesson in nature.'
My moustache is great, my slugs are great, my cabbages are great and Elias Zapple is meh.