A Fan

January 13, 2001

Post #1258 – 20010113

Dear Daniel Pinkwater,

Yesterday I just finished reading The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror. Without a doubt it is one of the funniest books I’ve read. But I do have one mind numbing question: How on earth did you get the idea to combine beatnik poets, werewolfs, Wallace Nausbaum, geeks in gremlins, ( My dad told me what a gremlin was a long time ago.) and the thrilling return of Osgood Sigerson the worlds greates detective, itno a truly wonderful story?

Daniel replies:

People often ask me questions that begin, ""How did you get the idea....?"" or ""What gave you the idea....?"" ""What gives you the right....?"" or ""Who do you think you are....?"" or ""Who the ****ing **** do you think you are....?"" My answer to these questions is twofold: Don't hit me, and What makes you think I had an idea?