Read. Read. Read. Just don't read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different styles.
I feel happy to terrify kids.
I'm obsessed with radio. It's a good start to Sunday morning.
I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I would never miss any of the comic books. I had practically no hair when I was a kid!
When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books.
If you do enough planning before you start to write, there's no way you can have writer's block. I do a complete chapter by chapter outline.
It's hard for children's authors to be accepted when they try to write adult books. J.K. Rowling is the exception because people are so eager to read anything by her, but it took Judy Blume three or four tries before she had a success.
When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called 'Tales From The Crypt' and 'The Vault of Horror.' They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous.
I've never turned into a bee - I've never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life.
Most fears are basic: fear of the dark, fear of going down in the basement, fear of weird sounds, fear that somebody is waiting for you in your closet. Those kinds of things stay with you no matter what age.
I always just wanted to be funny. I never really planned to be scary.
I've made myself laugh from some ideas - but I've never scared myself.
A real New Yorker likes the sound of a garbage truck in the morning.
After spending 22 years in Ohio, I love everything about New York.
I started writing when I was 9 years old. I was like this weird kid who would just stay in my room, typing little funny magazines and drawing comic strips.
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