We hope everyone had a great weekend! Today we’ll conclude our interview with self-published author Chase Anderson (you can read the first part of the interview here). Since he self-published Stomper the Elephant, his first book with AuthorHouse, Chase has donated all proceeds from the book to charity—over twelve thousand dollars!
God helped me raise enough money (over $12,600) so I could greatly help the Alzheimer’s Association, the Salvation Army, and the American Cancer Society. Kids can do whatever they want to if they put their minds and their hearts into it, and if they can fully trust God.
Your illustrator is Selena Martin, also a student. How did you end up working with her on your book?
I was going to have my previous art teacher be the illustrator, but she suggested having her daughter Selena (who was in 8th grade at the time) help instead. That way it would be a book for kids, written and illustrated by kids!
What was your favorite part of self-publishing?
I was able to design the book exactly how I wanted it. That included the scenes I wanted to have pictures for, the layout of the book, the cover, and the size of the book. It was fun being creative in this way, too!
What advice would you give to the other young writers out there?
I would just like to say that, if I can write a book (as an 8 year old at the time), so can you!
Are you working on another book?
No, not currently, although I would like to sometime. I’ve been very busy over the past couple years in selling my book to raise money for the charities (going door-to-door to houses and businesses, and selling Stomper at events where I speak) that I haven’t had time to write another book. Raising money has been my focus. Also, writing is a lot of work and I think I used up at least five years worth of creative juices in writing Stomper the Elephant! Maybe I’ll have some time and more juice when I’m in middle school.
Are there any events or promotions planned for Stomper?
I’ll be selling my book at the Relay for Life event in our town this year and again at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September.
For more information about Chase, check out the following links: