Literary Birthday – 11 March – D.J. MacHale

Happy Birthday, D.J. MacHale, born 11 March 1955.

Nine Quotes

  1. Whenever you look back and say ‘if’ you know you’re in trouble. There is no such thing as ‘if’. The only thing that matters is what really happened.
  2. Storytelling is storytelling. Good stories need compelling characters and interesting conflicts. That’s the bottom line no matter what medium you’re writing for.
  3. To write a good mystery you have to know where it will end before you can decide where it will begin… and I’ve always known where it will end.
  4. In my few short years I learned that seeing what’s positive about a situation is a lot more fun and gets you a lot further than looking for what might be wrong with it.
  5. I believe that stories find writers, writers don’t find stories. With the ‘Pendragon’ series, I actually had multiple story ideas and decided that instead of writing them individually, I would create a character whose journey would thread them all together.
  6. To write, you need to find what you love.
  7. It is much more fun to write about villains then heroes. The villains are the ones that think out the scheme, and the heroes just kind of come along for the ride.
  8. There are no simple answers in life. There is a good and bad in everyone and everything. No decision is made without consequence.
  9. My life is an ongoing, ever changing adventure.

D. J. MacHale, is an American  writer, director, and executive producer. He is the author of the YA book series’, Pendragon (starting with The Merchant of Death), and Morpheus Road.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 11th March 2015