A second chance to meet the authors of Lucy and the Lake Monster

June 6, 2023

After an extremely successful debut Upstate book signing, the authors of Lucy and the Lake Monster will be back later this month.

Upstate residents will get the opportunity to meet the authors of Lucy and the Lake Monster for a second time on Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at The Shops at Greenridge, 1125 Woodruff Road, Greenville as part of an event that will feature half a dozen other local artists.

Lucy and the Lake Monster tells the tale of a 9-year-old orphan and her grandfather as they search for a sea serpent in Lake Champlain – one of the largest national lakes in the country and located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in New York and Vermont. They battle bullies, naysayers, and mercenary forces seeking to exploit them. Their journey is an allegory for humanity’s search for spirituality and carries a strong anti-bullying message. Published in 2022, it is the first in the proposed series.

It is the work of Kelly Tabor Cromer, a retired Greenville County Schools teacher, and Richard Rossi, a filmmaker whose works include the award-winning Canaan Land and Baseball’s Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories that starred Olympian Jamie Nieto and Project Runway winner Marlinda Rivera. Hundreds and hundreds of Greenville County students heard the stories of Champ, the name given to the Lake Champlain legend, over the decades from Cromer.

The two have been friends since they were undergrads at Liberty University, and the project came together in the past few years. Rossi was playing the role of Rev. Charles Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll in a stage musical in Los Angeles about Alice in Wonderland. He got inspired to write a classic children’s story of his own since he had just become a grandfather.

After a series of surgeries where he almost died, he moved the children’s book from the inspiration list to the bucket list. That is where he remembered Tabor Cromer’s stories of Champ, the legendary creature that lived in the murky waters of Lake Champlain near where she grew up.

They wrote the book together over the course of the year often using Zoom to communicate since Rossi lives in California and Tabor Cromer lives in Greenville, obviously. During the course of creating the book, Rossi started working on a film version as well because it was such an inspirational story.

They filmed for a month in her town of Crown Point last summer, and the movie is in the editing process and will be released later this year. Actress Emma Pearson plays the lead character of Lucy. Tabor Cromer plays the part of her school teacher, Miss Marino. Rossi plays Lucy’s grandfather, “Papa.”

See more information on the Facebook event page.