About D.J. MacHale
Q. Previous occupations
A. Busboy, trophy engraver, poultry farm worker, television producer
Q. Favorite job
A. Any job that allows me to create stories
Q. High school and/or college
A. Greenwich High School, Villanova University, New York University
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Too many to name!
Q. Favorite movie
A. The Guns of Navarone
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. My life is an ongoing, ever changing adventure.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Do unto others...(etc.)
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Laughing with my girls.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Leaving something undone.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Right here because "No matter where you go, there you are."- Buckaroo Banzai
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Anyone who can do something I can't, which is a very long list of people that includes artists, gymnasts and mathematicians
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Excellent!" and "Exactly!"
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I'd love to play the piano, and I'm going to work on it.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I often oversimplify
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. My ability to oversimplify
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A dog who belonged to me. It's a good life.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. A toss-up between Groucho Marx in his films, and Bugs Bunny (Because I think they are the same character)
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Goldfinger. He had the most brilliant super villian plan ever, and a great theme song.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Probably Adolph Hitler just so I could say: "You're kidding, right?"
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who crowd the baggage carousel at airports. Relax people, we'll all get our luggage.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Playing with my daughter.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. That's easy. Astronaut. Hey, I'm a child of the 60's!
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Sense of humor, compassion, honesty...in that order.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Toss up. Pizza or Thanksgiving dinner.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Moonraker by Ian Fleming, Candide by Voltaire, The Shining by Stephen King.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Whale and the Snail by Julia Donaldson Reading it aloud to my daughter is a blast.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Always write about what you know.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. Hurry up with the next book!