I recently stumbled across this short, brief interview with children’s horror writer R.L. Stine. These are two excerpts from the interview I want to keep/remember:
When you write, for example, about a hideous mask that the heroine can’t take off, are you writing about some deeper theme?
I didn’t really think of that. When my son was little, he was trying on a green Frankenstein mask and he was pulling it down over his face and he couldn’t get it off. And he was tugging, tugging. I thought, “What a great idea for a story.” I should’ve helped him. I wasn’t a good parent that day.
I love his commentary, “I wasn’t a good parent that day.” We all have those moments.
What do kids say when they write to you?
That’s one of the best parts of writing for kids. I get wonderful mail, tons and tons. Here’s a couple classic letters:
“Dear R.L. Stine, I really love your books but can you answer one question, why don’t the endings make any sense?”
“Dear R.L. Stine, I’m huge fan of your books. Your friends and family are proud of you, no matter what anybody says.”
“Dear R.L. Stine, I’ve read 40 of your books and I think they’re really boring.”
That’s my favorite.
Kids are hilarious.