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R L Stine
R L Stine

R L Stine


New York, NY USA

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

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R L's work combines: Journalism, Writing, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life


I'm a children's book author and my job is to give kids the CREEPS!

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Graduate Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    Ohio State University-Main Campus

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    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."

  • 2.

    He didn't originally think about writing for kids until he got a job as the assistant editor of Scholastic's kids magazine, Bananas.

  • 3.

    One day, he was having lunch with an editor at Scholastic and she asked him to write a scary novel for teenagers.

  • 4.

    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.

  • 5.

    Suddenly, his book was a number-one bestseller, so his wife had the idea that they could develop it into a series.

  • 6.

    He believes most things happen by accident; for example, the name "Goosebumps" came to him while he was reading ads in TV Guide.

  • 7.

    Goosebumps took off, and motivated by the excitement of sudden success, Stine started writing two novels each month.

  • 8.

    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.