Today is a SUMMER VACATION CELEBRATION! Woot Woot Woot!
(you have to read to the bottom of the post to see how many books I read on my summer vacation :D )
By LP Chase
Illustrated by Carl DiRocco
165 pages – ages 8+
Published by Blue Marlin Publications; First edition (November 14, 2011)
Elliot Stone is a kid who had his summer vacation ruined because he has to spend the whole thing at some boring lake in Vermont…well, at first Elliot thought it was boring. Elliot and his friends, Jake and Marly soon find themselves tracking a sea monster to get proof he exists!
A little while ago I reviewed the book “Elliot Stone and the Summer Vacation Sea Monster” (see my complete review HERE) and I liked it so much that I asked the author, LP Chase if she would do an interview with me. Ms. Chase said she would and also offered to give away THREE copies of her book to lucky readers of my blog!!
NOW ON TO THE INTERVIEW!
Thank you so much, Erik. It’s my pleasure! I wouldn’t be where I am today without dedicated fans like you. First, I want to commend you on your website and book reviews. Not many kids your age would put the time an effort into developing such a wonderful resource for others your age. Okay, now, let’s see… I’ve been writing since I was in first grade and always wanted to be an author. But I’m also a social worker and the mother of three great children who help me with ideas and such. I love to bake and cook, I love to run and exercise, and mostly, I love to be kooky. That’s why I love writing children’s books so much – I get to be silly through my characters. I also have the pleasure of visiting many schools so I can talk to children about reading and writing. It’s the best job in the world!
That is so cool that you started writing in the first grade! I know a lot of kids who love to write. :) I was surprised to find out that Lake Bomoseen (where Elliot Stone went on vacation) is a real place. Have you ever been there?
Yes. Lake Bomoseen is absolutely a real place in Vermont. My aunt and uncle used to rent a cabin there when I was little and they would sometimes take my brothers and me. The lake is beautiful and tranquil and there are so many fun things to do, like kayaking, swimming, boating, water-skiing and tubing. In fact, I was just there on July 8th doing book signings at the Harbor View General Store (which is Myron’s in the story) and at the golf course. My favorite part was getting a tour of the island (Neshobe Island), which I have wanted to do for my entire life. You should check it out some time. It’s a wonderful place!
Lake Bomoseen and Neshobe Island seem like great places to visit! I have been to Vermont but never there I sure would like to go! Seeing how you wrote a book about a sea monster, I wanted to ask you if you are a fan of cryptology (because I am). Are you? How did you come up with the idea of Bo the Sea Monster?
I have always been intrigued by stories of the Loch Ness Monster. I always watch documentaries on the topic when I get the chance, and thought it would be fun to set a story on Lake Bomoseen and incorporate a sea monster theme. My husband actually helped me come up with the idea (particularly the part with Soggy Joe), but, I don’t want to give away the story by telling too much.
I really liked Elliot as a main character. He was someone I would like to be friends with. How do you come up with your characters?
I come up with my character names based on people I have met, or characters on television shows and switch them up a bit. Then, as I write, their personalities begin to develop and they take on a life of their own. Many of Elliot’s characteristics are borrowed from my son, Stephen, and I see a LOT of myself in the goofy Jake character. While I was writing the ending of the book in Vermont, I almost felt like I would see Elliot and Jake running around. It’s so amazing to watch characters come to life.
Thank you very much Ms. Chase! I really enjoyed learning about you and how you came up with your ideas for your book and characters!
What was your favorite summer vacation place?
To learn more about Elliot Stone and the Summer Vacation Sea Monster please visit Blue Marlin Publications HERE.
You can learn more about LP Chase and her other books at her website HERE!
NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
All you have to do is comment and you are entered to win a copy! Three people will be chosen by random drawing on August 15th to receive the book! The contest ends on August 14th.
NOW HOW MANY BOOKS DID I READ?!?
In my Monday’s post I challenged you to guess how many books I read on my summer vacation. I brought 12 books with me…
and I read EIGHT! I read “The Wednesday Wars,” “Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians,” “Wonder” (which is a TOTALLY awesome book you have to read), “The End of Infinity” (check out my review of this book tomorrow!), “My Side of the Mountain,” “The Phantom Tollbooth,” “The City of Ember” and “XOR The Shape of Darkness” (review coming soon)!
Lynn Davidson was the only person to guess eight :D I am sending you a cyber celebration Ms. Davidson!