R.L. Stine Interview

“Don’t ask me about nonfiction. I never read it. I hate anything real.” ~ R.L. Stine.

Probably due to the new Goosebumps movie coming out, R.L. Stine has been more in the news lately. An interview he did with The New York Times gave me a chuckle, but also an insight into the mind of a brilliant writer.

See the article here, and find out for yourself how droll he is.

In it you’ll learn he hates nonfiction, adores Ray Bradbury, thinks horror is funny, and hasn’t yet read the “autobiography” about himself written by five other people.

Many of his questions are humorous, and it was interesting seeing him through his own eyes.

I’m not going to deny, I couldn’t read the Goosebumps books when I was a kid. Self-proclaimed scaredy-cat. They gave me nightmares. John is not at all like that. But I sure am.

Looking back, I know they weren’t nearly as scary as my adolescent mind made them to be, and I’m tempted to go and re-read them.

But the one quote that struck me above all the others was the one I posted at the beginning of this post. He hates anything real?

As a fiction writer, myself, I can understand the lure of escaping the real world, but there is so much to learn from history and current events. And many times, history is fictionalized and we end up reading about “real” life anyway.

What do you think? Do you like nonfiction? Fiction? What do you think of his opinion? (Unless it was sarcastic. I won’t know. Ask John. I’m a doof when it comes to sarcasm).


~ Amy

Amazon’s 100 Books Everyone Should Read: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Look at me! This is the third Thursday in a row that I’ve released a video! And this comes after going a month without releasing a single one. What the heck has gotten into me? Ha!

Anyway, today’s video discusses Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and I really think you’re going to want to hear what I have to say about it. First, because this book was one y’all really wanted me to read when I ran my poll a little while back. Second, because giving me six minutes of your day isn’t so bad.

I don’t have anything to add here because I think I said all I wanted to say in the video. Now watch! And subscribe if you haven’t. Cause why not?

On this day in 2014 I published Knowing Your Audience.

My First Half Price Books Book Haul

I told you guys yesterday about how impressed I was during my first experience at Half Price Books, and I promised to show y’all which books I came away with. It looks like I make good on my promises. Sometimes. Ha. Anyway, I’m just going to show you the books now. Normally when I glance over book haul posts I see long lists of covers and descriptions of the books included. I’m not going to do that because those are almost always ultra popular YA titles that everyone knows about. I’m pretty sure you’ve never even heard of half my books, so no point in me acting like everyone will know them. To the books!

20150716_111655I know you can see the titles just fine, but I’ll tell you the book titles anyway.

Mary Mary (Alex Cross #11) by James Patterson

The Strain (The Strain #1) by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

LA Requiem (Elvis Cole #8) by Robert Crais

Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I have two interesting points about these books before I leave you alone for the rest of the day. First, I’ll be making videos for three of these titles. And second, three of the books are actually new! I bet you can’t even tell which ones aren’t. Remember what I said about the books available at Half Price Books?

Have you read any of these books? Tell me about the books you’ve added to your collection recently.


On this day in 2014 I published Writer’s Privilege is a Real Thing.

I Introduce to you…Johnny Reads!

Guess who actually recorded their first YouTube video like he said he would yesterday? This guy!

Just to give you an idea as to how excited I was for this, I went through my entire day just thinking about it. And then once I was home and had the time to do it…I needed a nap. Then the Astros played. I ended up actually recording and editing around two in the morning. Hehe.

That’s all I have for y’all today. Now would you so kindly go watch my first video? It’s only three minutes long and you’ll finally find out what I plan on making videos about!

Oh, and it would be really nice if you went ahead and subscribed to my channel. I’ll supply snacks for when you watch my videos. How’s that? You can visit my channel page here.

And I’ll be playing around with different camera and lighting setups for the first few videos, so don’t judge me too much, okay? Okay.

PS: The winner of the vote to pick my next read from the Amazon list was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I’ll be buying and reading it soon.

On this day in 2014 I published My Take on Critique Groups.