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R.L. Stine - Part II - Author

Interview

RIF: Kids may be surprised to learn that you are terrified of jumping into water. Does that include puddles?

R.L. Stine: That would be really bad, wouldn't it!

No, I just don't like to jump in and have my head go under.  But I love to swim. And I enjoy snorkeling—as long as I can walk into the water off of the beach.

RIF: How do you use your fears to your advantage as a writer of horror books?

RLS: I was afraid of a lot of things as a kid. Like I was afraid of putting my bike in the garage so I would throw it in and run into the house.

Luckily, I have a great memory. As I write a story, I can remember what it feels like to be afraid and panicky.

RIF: What was your favorite horror book as a kid?

RLS: I was a huge fan of Ray Bradbury's book, "Something Wicked This Way Comes." It's about two boys who sneak out of the house at night.

A few years ago, I got a chance to meet Mr. Bradbury at a book signing. When I went up to him, I was so nervous that I shook his hand and said, "Mr. Bradbury, you're my hero." I can't believe I said that!

But I'm glad I did because he gave me one of the greatest compliments by replying, "You're a hero to so many kids." I was so honored that Ray Bradbury knew who I was.

RIF: Rebecca, age 11, asks, "What inspired you to write horror stories?"

RLS: I wanted to write books that kids would enjoy, and kids love to be scared.

RIF: Is it true that you can write a Goosebumps book in less than two weeks?

RLS: Yeah, I write about 10-15 pages a day, everyday. I'm able to write so quickly because I spend the first few days making an outline for the book—that's the hardest part. Once I have an outline, I can enjoy writing the story—that's the fun part.

RIF: After eight years, a new Goosebumps series will be coming out in April 2008. What prompted you to pick up the series again?

RLS: I had a new idea for a series called Goosebumps: HorrorLand. The stories will all  take place at a theme park that is 'the scarriest place on earth.' But there's an added bonus... each book will have two stories!

RIF: Before you go, is there anything kids would be shocked to learn about you?

RLS: Even though I've written lots of scary books, I have boring dreams. I have never gotten a story idea from a dream.

Kids may also find it interesting that scary movies or books don't give me goosebumps...they give me the giggles! 

 

Read Part 1 (the funny part) of our interview with R.L. Stine!

 

Learn more about each of these authors and illustrators:
 

 
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Allen Say

 
  Author

Arthur Dorros

 
  Illustrator

Ashley Bryan

 
  Author

Barbara Park

 
  Illustrator

Beverly Cleary

 
  illustrator

Bryan Collier

 
  Author

Candace Fleming

 
 

Carmen Rubin

 
  illustrator

Chris Van Allsburg

 
  Author

Cornelia Funke

 
  Author

Dav Pilkey

 
  illustrator

David Kirk

 
  Author

Eoin Colfer

 
  Illustrator

Eric Carle

 
 

Fred Bowen

 
  Author

Gail Carson Levine

 
  Illustrator

Graeme Base

 
  illustrator

Henry Cole

 
  Author

Jack Prelutsky

 
  illustrator

Jerry Pinkney

 
  Author

Jerry Spinelli

 
  Author

Joseph Bruchac

 
  Author

Karen Cushman

 
  Author

Kate DiCamillo

 
  Author

Kathleen Karr

 
 

Laurie Halse Anderson

 
  Author

Lemony Snicket

 
  Author

Lemony Snicket - part 2

 
  illustrator

Lulu Delacre

 
  illustrator

Mark Teague

 
  Author

Mary Pope Osborne

 
  Author

Megan McDonald

 
  Author

Mem Fox

 
  Author

Michelle Y. Green

 
  illustrator

Mo Willems

 
  Author

Nikki Grimes

 
  illustrator

Nina Laden

 
  Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan

 
  Illustrator

Pat Cummings

 
 

R.A. Montgomery

 
  Author

R.L. Stine

 
  Author

R.L. Stine - Part II

 
  illustrator

Rosemary Wells

 
  Author

Sharon Creech

 
  Author

Stan Lee

 
  Illustrator

Tony DiTerlizzi

 
  Author

Wendelin Van Draanen

 
  Author

William Sleator

 
 


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