Interview with Apolonia Plum

Who are your favorite authors?
Anton Chekhov, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Mikhail Bulgakov, StanisÅ‚aw Lem, Gabriel García Márquez, Astrid Lindgren, Tove Jansson, Eduard Uspensky
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a very fun full time job in software development, a husband, two rambunctious children and a throng of amazing friends. I am never bored. We are always on one adventure or another: hiking, camping, dancing, cooking, singing, painting, swimming... In short, we are constantly in motion, making a lot of noise, and laughing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is an adventure each and every time. I can hardly wait to finish a sentence so that I can move onto the next one. The story wants to come out and I get carried away with it. The closest sensation is akin to skiing, for me. When I go downhill on a perfect slope, reveling in the speed, every crisp turn of the skis, rush of excitement and the perfect moment of freedom from care.
How do you approach cover design?
I work on the cover and illustrations of my books with a very talented illustrator - Dimitry Epstein. We brainstorm and kick around ideas. Our goal is not to give away too much on the cover, but to convey the general mood and setting. We want to entice the readers with a glimpse of a beautiful story world, to invite them into the story. We focus on consistency in the cover design, such that all books, although each very different and unique, have a common motif. However, the main ingredient we subliminally embed in each and every cover and illustration is joy, as we love what we do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is simply awesome! A dream come true - ability to share my stories with the world. Easy and free - what else can one desire?
Published 2014-11-21.
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Books by This Author

Nikolka and The No-Moon-Night
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,320. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
The summer had just started and most of Nikolka's friends are now away. He is bored and longs for adventures. One night, he hears a strange noise and sees one of his toys disappear inside the radiator. He discovers strange tiny people who exist in the world beyond. The tiny people ask for help in rescuing one of their own. Nikolka embarks on an incredible adventure of magic, friendship and fun.
Adventures of Meows: Winter Greeting
Series: Adventures of Meows, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The summer is over. Days grow colder. Meows does not like these changes at all. What will he do when the winter comes?
Adventures of Meows: Lost
Series: Adventures of Meows, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Meows goes on a new adventure, but things do not go according to the plan. The forest is vast and trees are many. How will the kitten find his way back home?
Adventures of Meows: Scary Jumps
Series: Adventures of Meows, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
Meows is a little lonely. He is roaming the woods in search of something to do. He decides to practice his cat skills. Meows is rather skilled at sneaking and climbing. However, jumping from tree branches proves scarier than he thought. How will Meows solve this problem?
Adventures of Meows: Boring Day
Series: Adventures of Meows, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Adventure » General
It is raining cats and dogs. Meows is stuck at home, and he is bored. He longs to do something fun, but there is nothing at all to entertain him. Or so it seems at first ...
Adventures of Meows: Swamp Race
Series: Adventures of Meows, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Meows loves making friends, learning things and helping others. In this story, he befriends some unlikely creatures, performs another clever rescue and learns how to race in a swamp. A swamp is a dangerous place, and the competition is fierce. Can he win?
Adventures of Meows: Rescue
Series: Adventures of Meows, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Meows is a curious black kitten. He is a problem solver, and loves adventures. In this story, Meows sets out on a quest to see the ugliest fattest toad in a nearby swamp. On the way, he meets a tiny green frog. The frog is in great trouble. Can Meows help?