Elliot Stone and the Summer Vacation Sea Monster – Author Interview and GIVEAWAY!

8 Aug


(you have to read to the bottom of the post to see how many books I read on my summer vacation 😀 )

Elliot Stone and the Summer Vacation Sea Monster

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!!



Thank you for agreeing to do this interview! I really loved your book, Elliot Stone and the Summer Vacation Sea Monster! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

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!


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.


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 😀 I am sending you a cyber celebration Ms. Davidson!

30 Responses to “Elliot Stone and the Summer Vacation Sea Monster – Author Interview and GIVEAWAY!”

  1. adelesymonds August 8, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    I would love to win a copy of this to read with my son who has Asperger’s syndrome. Love your site, been following you for a while now.


  2. Kirsten Larson August 8, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Congrats on reading eight books, Erik! As for my favorite vacation spot, I always loved spending summers with my aunt and cousins in Houston or my grandmother in Virginia. It was always more about playing with my brother, sister and cousins than the location.


  3. Lynn A. Davidson August 8, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Wowsers! Thank you, Erik, for that wonderful cyber celebration! 🙂 I really have to pick up speed and quantity in my reading! I don’t know how to read and get everything else done, though.

    When I was a kid I used to spend half my summer at my favourite cousin’s with her and her six siblings. There was always something going on there. My favourite place to go now is the ocean, but that tops the list any time of year. I enjoy the tranquility of canoeing on the lake, too.

    This book looks like a fun read. Somehow I missed your interesting review so just went back and read it. I think it could be a book my grandson would enjoy next summer. (He’s 7 now.) Great interview, Erik.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Davidson! You’re grandson is in the contest! I like the ocean too! 🙂


  4. Jill The O.W.L. (@justkeepreading) August 8, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    This book looks great! Love the interview.

    As for your reading pile – awesome books! The Wednesday Wars is one of my favorite books of all time!


  5. Renee C. August 8, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Holey Moley! 8 Books! AWESOME! My favorite childhood vacation spot was a little campsite called Wallace Lake, East of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. We used to go there every summer with my cousins. There was fishing, swimming, hiking – LOVED it!

    This book looks fantastic – I think my kids would really love it. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. 🙂


    • Patricia Tilton August 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      Sounds like a fun summer read. Interesting interview with the author. I hope three kids win her book — it would make their summer! Great post!

      I figured you read more than I guessed. You must be a speed reader!. Don’t know how you keep them all straight — you must have a photgraphic mind. Eight is phenomenal plus vacation!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks August 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

        Thanks Ms. Tilton! Ms. Chase’s book is great for kids of all ages!
        I do read really fast (always have). I guess I practice a lot 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      Thank you Renee C! You are entered! 🙂


  6. Michelle Isenhoff August 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    You read more books than I did, and I was on vacation for two weeks! How do you do it? 🙂

    I’d love a copy of this one to read with my boys!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

      HAHAHA! Maybe that is because you are a Mom and have other things to do, while I am a kid and have less things to do. 😉 Your boys are in! 🙂


  7. KidLitReviews August 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Erik, Do you have a dictionary? Why am I asking you this, of course you do. Look up vacation. I love that you read so many books, but did you not vacation? 🙂 How do you read so fast?

    Nice touch getting the author interview for Elliot Stone. I’m glad you are back and I hope you had a great time last week.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

      HAHAHA! Oh, I vacationed alright! I only read in my free time! 😉 I have always read really fast. Practice maybe? 😉


  8. Susanna Leonard Hill August 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Sounds like a great book, Erik, and I enjoyed the interview. I’ve been by Lake Bomoseen MANY times on Vermont Rte 30, but never actually stopped. It is beautiful, though. My favorite vacation place has to be Nantucket 🙂 Great job reading 8 books on your vacation. I’ve read less this summer than any time I can remember except when my kids were babies – way too busy! – still trying to finish The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie which I started in June!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

      It IS great Ms. Hill and a fun read! I remember you were the one who told me Lake Bomoseen was a real place! 🙂 “The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie” sounds yummy! HAHA! 😉


  9. Hannah Holt August 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Reading eight books on vacation is admirable. I always intend to do more reading on vacation than I actually do (although not for lack of desire– vacationing with four young children is not always relaxing). Elliot Stone sounds like a fun person/character to vacation with.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

      🙂 Maybe when I have kids, I won’t be able to read as much! (ACK!) Elliot is a great character! 🙂


  10. Patricia aka Mamaw August 9, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Wow eight book what an accomplishment! I haven’t had my vacation as of yet! When I do go it will be to see my two of my daughters and my grandkids that I miss so much.
    Ms. Chase, my grandkids think I am pretty Kooky also and I think that is good.
    I really enjoyed the interview and the book review. I am looking forward to sharing this book with my grandkids if I am lucky enough to win a copy.


  11. Jess Haight August 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    I would love to win a copy of this book! It sounds so good. The author interview was great. I learned so much about Ms. Chase. I love that the book takes place on a lake that she visited with her aunt and uncle. I visite Vermont one or two times a year- but I have never been to that lake. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Yeah to you, Erik, for reading 8 books on vacation. I read Wonder a few months ago and LOVED it. We reviewed it on our blog and interviewed RJ Palacio, which we were so excited about. I still need to read The Phantom Tollbooth!

    I am really enjoying your site!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 10, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      You are in for the give away! 🙂 It is cool to see how authors get ideas from their own lives. Thank you for reading my blog!


  12. Myra GB August 13, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Congratulations on all the books you’ve read. I assume that classes are about to begin this week for you too? My own ten year old is gearing up for the first day of school tomorrow. 5th grade! How fast time flies. I have my own copy of The Phantom Tollbooth, but I’m looking into borrowing the Annotated Version by Leonard Marcus from the library sometime soon. 🙂 Will you be reviewing it? I would like to hear what you think about a classic. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 15, 2012 at 8:11 am #

      Thanks Ms. Bascal! My official first day of school (AAAAACK!) is on August 22nd. Still too soon. Yep.
      I think I will review The Phantom Tollbooth. Maybe next month I will put it on my schedule 🙂


  13. Myra GB August 13, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Oopsie, great interview you have here too. So sorry I missed out on that dearest.


  14. Mr. Laj August 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

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