Growing up in South Carolina, Halloween played a huge part in my childhood. Every October, I looked forward to hay rides, haunted houses, and trick-or-treating. I absolutely loved all things spooky, magical, and downright out there—especially Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. I loved the Goosebumps books and the television series, and I can still replay the creepy stories in my head. (Maybe that's because I binge watch them on Netflix!)
I was thrilled when I found out that Parachute Publishing, the publishing house behind Goosebumps, was a part of The Yard's community. When R.L. Stine agreed to an interview with me, I nearly lost it!
Q. Who is your favorite character that you've created, and why?
That’s an easy one...Slappy the Dummy. He is so much fun to write because he is so nasty! Right now I am writing a series of Slappy books...I’ll give you a secret....He’s up to no good.
Q. Do you like to watch scary movies/books? What spooks you the most? (If anything can!)
I love to watch scary movies—but here’s the weird part...I never get scared. The scary stuff always makes me laugh...I know, I’m weird. But the truth is that horror and humor are very similar. Think about it—when you jump out and say boo to a friend, your friend will scream—but then he will laugh!
Q. Did you and Jack Black laugh together when he played you in the Goosebumps movie?
Jack is a great guy—very funny and fun to be around, Before the filming, Jack came to New York to talk to me and listen to me. He told me that he was going to make R.L. Stine meaner than I was...I told him to do whatever he wanted. I think it came out great.
Q. At what age were you when you published your first Goosebumps novel, and which one was it?
The first Goosebumps book was Welcome to Dead House, and it came out 25 years ago!
Q. The most basic general question that every writer gets asked, but I have to know, what inspires you most when you write?
That is a very hard question to answer. I started to draw comics and write stories when I was 6 years old. I don’t know why I was so interested in writing—but that is all that I have done my whole life. And I still enjoy it, so I guess I will stick with it.
Q: Why did Parachute Publishing choose The Yard?
Parachute Publishing has found a very comfy home here at The Yard. We hope now that you know we're not creepy and scary, we will still be welcome here!
Huge thank you to R.L. Stine and Parachute Publishing for making my longtime childhood dream a reality! Just in time for my favorite time of year. Happy Halloween!