Interview with Elias Zapple

What do your fans mean to you?
Money. Unfortunately, my book is free so that doesn't apply. I shall now retire to my greenhouse and sob for a few days.
What are you working on next?
My memoirs. However, I suffer from amnesia so this is proving to be a rather difficult task. Therefore I have decided to work on the third book of children's series the Jellybean the Dragon Stories. All my other works, Elias Zapple's Rhymes from the Cabbage Patch, Elias Zapple's Book of Slugs, Duke & Michel: The Mysterious Corridor, Duke & Michel: The King Tingaling Painting, Jellybean the Dragon, Cyril the Dragon, Nicu - The Littlest in 'Fangless', Nicu - The Littlest Vampire in 'Big Fangs' and Nicu - The Littlest Vampire in 'Blood, Blood Everywhere' are all currently available. The third Duke & Michel book, Duke & Michel: The Return of the Nibbles should be released by the end of February. The third Jellybean the Dragon Stories book, Fillmore the Dragon, shall be written once it's gotten over its shyness and venture out of my brain.
Who are your favorite authors?
Roald Dahl and all his works have influenced me greatly as have the fumes I was fortunate enough to inhale when I worked as 19th century Victorian chimney sweep.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My favourite pet slug, Steve. My faithful companion, attentive listener to my woes, avid reader of my prose and unfortunate victim of a fatal lawnmower accident. He inspires me everyday and in every way. His last words to me were, "Elias, write those children's books, 'Duke & Michel' and 'Jellybean the Dragon', they'll be huge successes and children everywhere will love them. Also, please eat the lettuce in the fridge before it goes bad."
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Currently, I'm working on perfecting a new style for my moustache. When not waxing and styling Mr Snazzy, the name of my moustache, I am attempting to put up a new tent on a hill outside of Maputo, Mozambique.

I also spend a considerable amount of time trying to annoy my neighbour, Dieter by hurling cabbages at him.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Telepathy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I cannot even remember the last story I wrote. Jelly... something, I think.
What is your writing process?
First, I comb my moustache. This is absolutely vital. Then I stick the kettle on and make a nice cuppa before I retire to my study, get comfy in my orthopaedic chair and prick my finger with a little needle and get scribbling.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
'How to Put Up a Tent' by R.P. Baden because I need to learn how to put up a tent. Duh!

'Get the Most Out of Your Pet Slug' by Slim Y. Roach because otherwise slugs can get lazy.

'Cabbages - The Wonderful World of...' by Mya Sprouts because I love cabbages.

'Duke & Michel: The Mysterious Corridor' because I'm trying to sell more copies.

'Duke & Michel: The Mysterious Corridor' because I'm trying to sell more copies.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, bloody and covered in slugs - the offspring of Steve.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I first emerged out of a tulip growing in a granny's garden in Camberwell, South London.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A dragon, an astronaut, mangoes and no slugs.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Bitterness.
Published 2014-12-24.
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Books by This Author

Nicu - The Littlest Vampire (American-English Edition)
Series: Nicu - The Littlest Vampire (American-English Editions). Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,400. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure
4 books in 1! 'Fangless', 'Big Fangs', 'Blood, Blood Everywhere' and 'Dead Again'. Loads of illustrations and fun stories! Follow the adventures of Nicu, a little vampire living in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, Romania. See how he withstands and stays strong in the face of bullying and manages to rise above it.
Dead Again (American-English Edition)
Series: Nicu - The Littlest Vampire (American-English Editions). Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,510. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Death & Dying, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
All is not well in Transylvania. Following a mysterious death, Nicu's family call in famed vampire detective Vamlock to investigate. Nicu must then stop a possible all out war between vampires and humans, as well as come to terms with the death itself. Poor Nicu.
Blood, Blood Everywhere (American-English Edition)
Series: Nicu - The Littlest Vampire (American-English Editions). Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Nine year-old Florin is a thirsty vampire. The reason? Most of his blood has been sucked out by his friend, Nicu. Florin rampages through the town of Biertan, drinking as much blood as he can. Soon everyone in Biertan is low on blood, and seeking revenge on all vampires. Nicu faces a big challenge. Keeping Florin in check and stopping the angry townspeople from killing vampires.
Big Fangs (American-English Edition)
Series: Nicu - The Littlest Vampire (American-English Editions). Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
American-English Edition Brave little Nicu, a 9 year-old vampire, has finally gotten his fangs! Sweet! The bad news is that his mean and spiteful elder brother Adam has convinced Nicu that his new fangs are way too small. To get fangs as big as Adam's, Nicu must drink the blood of a humongous and scary ogre with really tough, hard to puncture skin. Oh, and the ogre just hates vampires!
Fangless (American-English Edition)
Series: Nicu - The Littlest Vampire (American-English Editions). Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,930. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
American-English Edition In a spooky house deep in the mountains of Transylvania lives Nicu, a fangless vampire. Yes, that's right, fangless! Teased by his friends, taunted by his big brother and almost disowned by his parents, Nicu will do anything he can to get his fangs and beat the bullies.
Fillmore the Dragon (American-English Edition)
Series: Jellybean the Dragon Stories (American-English Editions). Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,180. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Since having his arms cut off Fillmore the Dragon is being a right royal pain. Emma the astronaut wants to help. However there's a problem. The struggle to get new arms for Fillmore threatens the on-going existence of the universe as Ronix, the evil overlord of Planet Inc., is the only available provider. And he strikes a hard bargain.
Cyril the Dragon (American-English Edition)
Series: Jellybean the Dragon Stories (American-English Editions). Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,500. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Jellybean the Dragon has been dragonnapped (like kidnapped but for dragons) by the dragon-hating knights from Camelot and it’s up to 10 year-old astronaut Emma, and Cyril the Dragon, Jellybean’s dim-witted twin brother, to rescue him. Rescuing Jellybean proves tough and she’ll need all her courage and smarts as she, Cyril and Merlin battle the evil Lancelot and Merlin’s bratty protégé, Berlin.
Jellybean the Dragon (American-English Edition)
Series: Jellybean the Dragon Stories (American-English Editions). Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,460. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Jellybean is a clumsy dragon. As a matter of fact, all dragons are clumsy. So when Jellybean falls from the sky and lands in front of Emma, a 10 year-old astronaut, naturally a series of calamitous events occur forcing Emma to eventually leave her land and meet more clumsy dragons. However, Emma soon learns to live with Jellybean and experience a whole new and exciting life as well as improve her
A Christmas Carol... Slimed (American-English Edition)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent, Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
Elias Zapple’s retelling of Charles Dickens’ Christmas fable tells the story of Elias Zapple, a man with a wealth of cabbages to match the coldness of his heart. On a mystical Christmas Eve, he’s visited by three ghost slugs forcing Zapple to make a choice: change, or become worm food.
Elias Zapple's Rhymes from the Cabbage Patch (American-English Edition)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,700. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Inside this book you will find, Funny nonsense from my mind. Zany rhymes and slimy tales, Creepy crawlies leaving bloody trails. And a clever slug that shocks, Tales about Cinders and Goldilocks. Cabbages, slugs and Elias Zapple, What rhymes with Zapple apart from apple? Fun and craziness! (You'll have a good time), There's even some that do not rhyme! Read the book, there's so much more
Elias Zapple's Book of Slugs (American-Edition)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Meet my heroic slugs: Steve the Slug, General Fairfax the Slug, Gino the Slug, Akira the Ninja Slug, Selina the Slug and many, many more. They’re my best friends, my loyal servants, my fearless soldiers and my only source of protein. Slugs are useful, skilful, colorful and edible and will cover you in sticky slime if you offend my moustache, Mr Snazzy!
Return of the Nibbles (American-English Edition)
Series: Duke & Michel (American-English Editions). Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,440. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Dystopian, Fiction » Children’s books » Dystopian
Michel is down but not out. His family may have been drowned by the evil Master and Michel wants revenge in the bloodiest of ways! Meanwhile, something weird, very weird has happened to Duke. And where are Duke's nibbles? An ultimate showdown awaits in the battle to end all battles.
The King Tingaling Painting (American-English Edition)
Series: Duke & Michel (American-English Editions). Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,950. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Dystopian, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Duke & Michel must rescue Michel’s family and Duke’s Premium Nibbles from the villainous Master but end up becoming pawns in a battle between the Master and King Tingaling, who is still royally riled over a portrait of him in a compromising position with a pineapple, a wad of cash and his favorite pig - Buttercup.
The Mysterious Corridor (American-English Edition)
Series: Duke & Michel (American-English Editions). Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,010. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Skateboarder Michel is freaking out as his cousin Romain has gone missing. Michel sticks his head through a hole in the garden fence and is sucked into a giant vortex. He ends up in a mysterious corridor, with doors leading to strange worlds. He also meets Duke, a food-obsessed, sarcastic Basset Hound dog, who is searching for his brothers. Together they hunt for their missing relatives, unaware t
The King Tingaling Painting
Series: Duke & Michel, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,960. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Duke & Michel must rescue Michel’s family and Duke’s Premium Nibbles from the villainous Master but end up becoming pawns in a battle between the Master and King Tingaling, who is still royally riled over a portrait of him in a compromising position with a pineapple, a wad of cash and his favourite pig - Buttercup.
Nicu - The Littlest Vampire
Series: Nicu - The Littlest Vampire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,400. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
4 books in 1! 'Fangless', 'Big Fangs', 'Blood, Blood Everywhere' and 'Dead Again'. Loads of illustrations and fun stories! Follow the adventures of Nicu, a little vampire living in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, Romania. See how he withstands and stays strong in the face of bullying and manages to rise above it.
Blood, Blood Everywhere
Series: Nicu - The Littlest Vampire, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Nine year-old Florin is a thirsty vampire. The reason? Most of his blood has been sucked out by his friend, Nicu. Florin rampages through the town of Biertan, drinking as much blood as he can. Soon everyone in Biertan is low on blood, and seeking revenge on all vampires. Nicu faces a big challenge. Keeping Florin in check and stopping the angry townspeople from killing vampires.
Fillmore the Dragon
Series: The Jellybean the Dragon Stories, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,180. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Dystopian, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Since having his arms cut off Fillmore the Dragon is being a right royal pain. Emma the astronaut wants to help. However there's a problem. The struggle to get new arms for Fillmore threatens the on-going existence of the universe as Ronix, the evil overlord of Planet Inc., is the only available provider. And he strikes a hard bargain.
Cyril the Dragon
Series: The Jellybean the Dragon Stories, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,650. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Jellybean the Dragon has been dragonnapped (like kidnapped but for dragons) by the dragon-hating knights from Camelot and it’s up to 10 year-old astronaut Emma, and Cyril the Dragon, Jellybean’s dim-witted twin brother, to rescue him. Rescuing Jellybean proves tough and she’ll need all her courage and smarts as she, Cyril and Merlin battle the evil Lancelot and Merlin’s bratty protégé, Berlin.
Big Fangs
Series: Nicu - The Littlest Vampire, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,130. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
Brave little Nicu, a 9 year-old vampire, has finally gotten his fangs! Sweet! The bad news is that his mean and spiteful elder brother Adam has convinced Nicu that his new fangs are way too small. To get fangs as big as Adam's, Nicu must drink the blood of a humongous and scary ogre with really tough, hard to puncture skin. Oh, and the ogre just hates vampires!
Dead Again
Series: Nicu - The Littlest Vampire, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,520. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Death & Dying, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
All is not well in Transylvania. Following a mysterious death, Nicu's family call in famed vampire detective Vamlock to investigate. Nicu must then stop a possible all out war between vampires and humans, as well as come to terms with the death itself. Poor Nicu.
Return of the Nibbles
Series: Duke & Michel, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,370. Language: British English. Published: June 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Michel is down but not out. His family may have been drowned by the evil Master and Michel wants revenge in the bloodiest of ways! Meanwhile, something weird, very weird has happened to Duke. And where are Duke's nibbles? An ultimate showdown awaits in the battle to end all battles.
Elias Zapple's Rhymes from the Cabbage Patch
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,700. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
A book of the most nutty, twisted, crazy, funny and, in some instances, least rhyming rhymes ever created. There are two categories: Odd Creatures, Slugs & Elias Zapple and Twisted Nursery Rhymes. A total of 29 rhymes!
Elias Zapple's Book of Slugs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals
Meet my heroic slugs: Steve the Slug, General Fairfax the Slug, Gino the Slug, Akira the Ninja Slug, Selina the Slug and many, many more. They’re my best friends, my loyal servants, my fearless soldiers and my only source of protein. Slugs are useful, skilful, colourful and edible and will cover you in sticky slime if you offend my moustache, Mr Snazzy!
A Christmas Carol... Slimed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,700. Language: British English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent, Fiction » Classics
Elias Zapple’s retelling of Charles Dickens’ Christmas fable tells the story of Elias Zapple, a man with a wealth of cabbages to match the coldness of his heart. On a mystical Christmas Eve, he’s visited by three ghost slugs forcing Zapple to make a choice: change, or become worm food.
Fangless
Series: Nicu - The Littlest Vampire, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: British English. Published: December 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
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In a spooky house deep in the mountains of Transylvania lives Nicu, a fangless vampire. Yes, that's right, fangless! Teased by his friends, taunted by his big brother and almost disowned by his parents, Nicu will do anything he can to get his fangs and beat the bullies.
The Mysterious Corridor
Series: Duke & Michel, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,000. Language: British English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Skateboarding, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
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A skateboard-loving kid finds himself in an alternate reality, having to do battle with an evil villain in order to rescue his snotty little cousin.
Jellybean the Dragon
Series: The Jellybean the Dragon Stories, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,470. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
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Jellybean is a clumsy dragon. As a matter of fact, all dragons are clumsy. So when Jellybean falls from the sky and lands in front of Emma, a 10 year-old astronaut, naturally a series of calamitous events occur forcing Emma to eventually leave her land and meet more clumsy dragons. However, Emma soon learns to live with Jellybean and experience a whole new and exciting life as well as improve her