October 26, 2011

R.L. Stine Answers Your Questions!

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A few weeks ago we asked you to write in your questions for the Master of Fright, Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine. He answered questions from 10 lucky readers, so read on to see if yours was chosen!

Q from SilverSnake: Which character do you think is most like you? Which character is most unlike you?
R.L. Stine: I like to think I'm like all my crazy characters—Slappy the dummy, who's so rude and awful; Dr. Maniac; The Ooze; The Menace, the evil villain from HorrorLand. But in real life, I'm more like Evan, the poor kid who lets the Monster Blood loose and doesn't have a clue how to defeat it.

Q from Raggweed: Since Goosebumps creeps me out, how can you not be scared, and keep making them? They freak even my older relatives out, so are you afraid of your own creations too?
R.L. Stine: Scary stuff NEVER scares me. Horror always makes me laugh instead. When I go to a scary movie, I don’t get scared—I just laugh. Same for writing Goosebumps books.

Q from Mysterygirl123: If you could be a monster for a day, what monster would you choose? Why? R.L. Stine: I would be a giant jellyfish from Deep Trouble because I like to swim a lot.

Q from ArtAthena13: What would you say to a kid who wants to be an author?
R.L. Stine: Write something every day. Keep a journal or a diary. And make sure you read a LOT!

Q from cnahk: Do you ever want to write something less scary?
R.L. Stine: I love writing funny books, too. That's why I wrote the Rotten School book series. I also try to put a lot of funny stuff in Goosebumps.

Q from Niki: Who's your favorite character? Why?
R.L. Stine: Slappy the evil dummy. I like writing all the insults and rude things he says to people.

Q from AstronomyAble3: Who is your inspiration and icon?
R.L. Stine: Many writers have inspired me. I think the sci-fi author Ray Bradbury was a big influence. Also, Rod Serling, who wrote The Twilight Zone.

Q from Lexi: Are you a prankster with scaring people?
R.L. Stine: No. Maybe I scared my little brother a few times when we were kids. But I'm not really into pranks and jokes. Too busy writing!

Q from CheerfulHeart15: What's your favorite book of Goosebumps that you wrote? Were you good at telling ghost stories when you were young?
R.L. Stine: My favorite Goosebumps book is The Haunted Mask. I was too shy to tell ghost stories when I was a kid. I was a very quiet kid.

Q from OreoPie09: How do you come up with such creepy stuff and do you believe in ghosts?
R.L. Stine: I don’t know where the ideas come from. I've never seen a ghost—but I keep looking!

Q from Megan: Would you ever consider doing like a Nancy Drew type of book series for girls?
Q from Georgia: When you do your next book why not call it Zombieland?!
Q from NinjaCobra1: Why don't you make a Goosebumps book about a boy who likes scary movies, and finds out that all the monsters are coming to life?
Nice ideas. Thanks for the suggestions.
– R.L.

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  1. wwgirl

    i love the series. once i start reading one of your books, i can’t stop till i am finished!my favorite one was MY HAIREST ADVENTURE. it was also the first one i read.When i start s series though, i always like the first one. Confused? im not suprised. im currently writing a book too. so far i have written 70 pages. any advice for me?

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  2. lucky678

    i love the slappy books the most last night i tried to buy all the ones with slappy in them cause hes a scary rude but a little bit funny doll id really love to have all the movies and books also if u have the dools id like those to please write back

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  3. lucky678

    do u have slappy dolls cause id really like one please. and could u come to my school please me and my friends love ur books please

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  4. D.J

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE GOOSEBUMPS SERIES, MY FRIEND SOPHIE HAS THE WHOLE SERIES I LOVE THE SLAPPY NEW YEAR AND WHY I QUIT ZOMBIE SCHOOL!!!

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  5. i123

    dude,i have no idea how you do it! your books are so great, i couldnt put them down. hey put a kid named Ian in your next book, please.

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  6. sweetiepie1245

    omg! i love goosebumps! but i just can’t watch the series. WAY to scary for me. nightmares every nite i read your books. anyway, i only have 2 but they are my faves! i forgot the names but one is the dummy one and the other is the potato under the sink… lol!!!!

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