10 Questions for Jeff Kinney

Wimpy Kid's best-selling author and movie producer Jeff Kinney on comedy, competition and feeling like a fraud

Jason Grow for TIME

Jeff Kinney, bestselling author of Wimpy Kid

Yours is a small genre--children's book cartoons. Do you have a great rivalry with the underpants guy?

I take comedy very seriously, and I feel very competitive. But not with Captain Underpants in particular.

Maurice Sendak said he didn't intend to write for children. Did you?

I labored for eight years thinking I was writing a book for adults that was a nostalgic look back on childhood. Then my publisher informed me I'd written a children's book.

How did you take the news?

It took me a few minutes to get over the shock, but my sensibilities are G-rated anyway. Some...

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