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R L's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Bon Voyagers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Indie: The Bon Voyagers

R L STINE

Author
Goosebumps

“You have this goal and figure you're going to do this...but things always turn out different.”

INTERESTS:

Journalism Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Success

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

being open, childhood, children's books, scholastic

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When he was a kid, he'd sit inside and write for hours; his mom would urge him to go play outside, but he thought that was "boring."
  • He didn't originally think about writing for kids until he got a job as the assistant editor of Scholastic's kids magazine, Bananas.
  • One day, he was having lunch with an editor at Scholastic and she asked him to write a scary novel for teenagers.
  • He says, "at that time, I never said no to anything," so he started researching scary books to figure out how he could mix up the genre.
  • Suddenly, his book was a number-one bestseller, so his wife had the idea that they could develop it into a series.
  • He believes most things happen by accident; for example, the name "Goosebumps" came to him while he was reading ads in TV Guide.
  • Goosebumps took off, and motivated by the excitement of sudden success, Stine started writing two novels each month.
  • Says you have to be receptive to everything; his first job was ridiculous, but it got him to New York, and it got him writing, so it was helpful in the long run.

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