Interview with D.J. MacHaleNovember, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
DM: My life is an ongoing, ever changing adventure.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
DM: Do unto others...(etc.)
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
DM: Laughing with my girls.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
DM: Leaving something undone.
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
DM: Right here because "No matter where you go, there you are."- Buckaroo Banzai
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
DM: "Excellent!" and "Exactly!"
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
DM: I'd love to play the piano, and I'm going to work on it.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
DM: I often oversimplify
SS: What’s your best quality?
DM: My ability to oversimplify
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
DM: A toss-up between Groucho Marx in his films, and Bugs Bunny (Because I think they are the same character)
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
DM: Goldfinger. He had the most brilliant super villian plan ever, and a great theme song.
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
DM: Probably Adolph Hitler just so I could say: "You're kidding, right?"
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
DM: People who crowd the baggage carousel at airports. Relax people, we'll all get our luggage.
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
DM: Playing with my daughter.
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
DM: That's easy. Astronaut. Hey, I'm a child of the 60's!
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
DM: Sense of humor, compassion, honesty...in that order.
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
DM: Toss up. Pizza or Thanksgiving dinner.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
DM: Anyone who can do something I can't, which is a very long list of people that includes artists, gymnasts and mathematicians
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
DM: A dog who belonged to me. It's a good life.
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
DM: Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
DM: 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
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
DM: The Whale and the Snail by Julia Donaldson Reading it aloud to my daughter is a blast.
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
DM: Always write about what you know.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
DM: Hurry up with the next book!
SS: What were your previous occupations?
DM: Busboy, trophy engraver, poultry farm worker, television producer
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
DM: Any job that allows me to create stories
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
DM: Greenwich High School, Villanova University, New York University
SS: What is your favorite movie?
DM: The Guns of Navarone
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
DM: Too many to name!
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