Talk about making a difference! Chase Anderson wrote and self-published Stomper the Elephant, his first book, as a 2nd grade elementary school student (yes, you read that correctly). But that isn’t even the most amazing part; Chase decided to donate all proceeds from the book’s sales to charity, and to date has raised over $12,600 for the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society, and the Salvation Army—including sales Chase made by selling his book door-to-door!
AuthorHouse is proud to have Chase as a member of our author community, and are confident his story will motivate writers of all ages and backgrounds.
I’m from West Virginia and I’m a 5th grade elementary school student. My favorite subjects are Reading and Math. I won the County Math Field Day this year and will be competing at the regional level in March. I also like sports. I play basketball and run track. I also enjoy acting and have been pursuing it for four years now. I’ve had lead and supporting roles in feature films and short films, and have also been on TV (A Crime to Remember, The Hunt with John Walsh, and A Haunting).
Were there any authors or books that influenced you, or made you want to write?
There were many authors that influenced me to write a book, because I love to read and have read so many books. I started reading at a very young age. I have pictures of me reading to the kids in my three-year-old pre-school class!
Describe Stomper the Elephant for our readers.
My book is about an elephant named Stomper. He and his friends go on a field trip to the rainforest to catch a red-eyed tree frog for their class pet. To catch the red-eyed tree frog, they must work together to gather materials so they can cross the brown mushy swamp.
What inspired you to write the book? How long did it take you to finish it?
It was the summer after second grade and I was bored, so I just started writing a story. My mom and dad said it sounded pretty good and I should keep writing and maybe we could get it published. It ended up taking the whole summer to finish. Our friend, author Mirthell Bazemore, helped me to get it published through AuthorHouse and I decided to donate all the proceeds to charity.
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