Elias: Welcome, Robin.
Robin: I'm so honoured to be here that I'm on the verge of fainting.
Elias: My slugs are not at all happy about my interviewing you due to your book, Anne and Stan's Magical Salt and Pepper Pot Adventures. Could you reassure them before they take military action?
Robin: Yes. Unfortunately, Anne and Stan have no interest in your slimy slug empire. So your slugs are safe from them. Anne and Stan are currently having the time of their lives, enjoying all that life now has to offer them. They prefer to spend their time learning about more colourful, and interesting creatures.
Elias: What inspired you to write the Anne and Stan book? Was it my inspiring moustache?
Robin: No, Mr Snazzy! Your moustache has not inspired me. My inspiration comes from a combination of reading Enid Blyton books over many years, and the story of "The Adventures of Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi. I wanted to bring some characters to life in my story; and Anne and Stan (my novelty salt and pepper-pots) gave me that opportunity.
Elias: Will there be a sequel to this book in which slugs slime Anne and Stan?
Robin: I would love to bring back Anne and Stan for another story in the future. Sadly, for you, there will be no slimy slugs!
Elias: How about a book about vinegar and ketchup next?
Robin: No! I don't think so. I've had a few ideas thrown at me, (no cabbages) - such as "Anne & Stan in Japan" - time will tell.
Elias: Is it true that you've been stealing my cabbages?
Robin: Yes! They make excellent ammunition for undesirables, such as slimy slugs; and unpleasant neighbours!
Elias: How has living in Wiltshire helped to shape your work? I myself spent a considerable amount of time in Maputo where I managed to perfect my cabbage-growing technique.
Robin: I live in a beautiful and quiet rural setting in Wiltshire, where you can sit down in the garden, and listen to skylarks, singing their hearts-out. It's an ideal location for freeing-up your mind, and forming pleasant ideas. Your fancy tent in the mountains of Mozambique sounds interesting though.
Elias: What is Hallow-e'-en all about? Wouldn't a cabbage be better than a pumpkin?
Robin: No! Pumpkins make really great lanterns, and you can also make very tasty winter soup with them. Please see question 9 for more information on this book.
Elias: Tell us about your next book before I throw a cabbage at you.
Robin: I plan to put together another Children's book, but this time with a 'mystery' theme. I have plenty of ideas running through my head! It will certainly be a challenge. Watch this space!
Elias: Your book, 'Halloween, What's It All About?' is doing exceedingly well in the Amazon charts. Any tips for the Funslugz in how to achieve similar success? Bribing Amazon officials?
Robin: Yes! I've read about your idea of courting one of the head honchos at Amazon, and working your way into their affections, in the hope of getting them to promote your books! I've been surprised at how well my Halloween book has done. It's a very short 'education & reference book.' My historical research didn't take me very long, and I actually put it all together, in just a couple of days. I was very lucky to find an ideal cover from the kindle library. It's a book that I still want to improve.
Elias: What do you do when you're not writing books and not stealing my cabbages?
Robin: I run my own self-employed bookkeeping practice to earn a crust. This means that I only get to do my writing in my spare time. I enjoy to read, review and exchange books. I also like art, drawing, music, gardening, comedy, travel and sport.
Thank you, Robin. Paramedics are standing by in case you still faint.
Anne and Stan's Magical Salt and Pepper Pot Adventures
Anne and Stan are not your everyday salt and pepper pots. Their magical adventures goes beyond the family's kitchen. When their opportunity comes to take a risk and go on a magical adventure, they don't hold back, they make the transition with an abundance of energy, fun and expectation. Anne and Stan quickly meet and make some treasured friends and together their expectations are more than met. Will they decide to return to their family kitchen? or will their desire for even more magical adventures get the better of them! Get ready to join the ride...
Halloween, What's It All About
This book describes some of the concepts of Halloween. It includes a couple of easy recipes for a Halloween party, and some tips on the preparation of the pumpkin.
My moustache is great, my slugs are great, my cabbages are great and Elias Zapple is meh.