Interview about writing for books vs. TV

This is a link to an interview I did with Jennifer Pun at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. She’s writes for a terrific new blog: “Thinking to Inking” that is all about writing. Check it out!


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9 Comments on “Interview about writing for books vs. TV”

  1. ASUfan22 says:


  2. Boon888 says:

    Hey, I asked this somewhere else but I realized it was old, so no one will answer it.
    I am a 10 year old boy and the pendragon series is my favorite series. I want to read morpheus road, and since im still a little kid, im wondering if its to scary for me.PLEASE ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Boon888 says:

    oh and sorry I posted in a random place I just posted on the newest blog so there would be a higher chance of someone answering.

  4. D.J. MacHale says:

    My take on “too scary” is it depends on the individual, and doesn’t have much to do with how old you are. I know some young readers who read my stuff (or watch my shows) and don’t get scared at all. I also know some adults who are like: Ahhhhhhh! and hide under the bed. In general, I think people who get the most scared are the ones who have the best imaginations because getting scared is not so much about what’s happening in the story, it’s about what you think MIGHT happen. That’s truly scary. So you have to decide whether or not you like getting that little chill and a little bit nervous about what you think might happen.

    But the main thing you have to remember is…it’s just a story. It’s all made up. When kids got scared with “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” I’d tell them, “Just imagine that whatever you’re seeing, I was probably standing right next to the camera seeing the exact same thing…along with about thirty crew-members. Kind of takes the chill out of it.

  5. Boon888 says:

    OK, thank you, I am going to read them.

  6. empire_c2 says:

    I think it’s cool how you’ve made the transition from tv to novel writing. It’s basically the opposite of what I’ve been seeing lately with all of these books being turned into movies or the occasional tv show. Plus, they’re both fun ways to write ^_^ I’ve attempted writing both ways a few times, but I think I still enjoy story telling through drawing the most.

  7. It's not a man purse it's a satchel says:

    I think the light was probably the scariest out of the three. the black kind of caught my attention the most. and the blood was definetly the most action-packed. it had a great ending. it was kind of an “I see what you did there” moment.

  8. D.J. MacHale says:

    Yup. “The Light” was the most classically “scary” since it was very much a spooky ghost story. “The Black” was more of a fantasy adventure and “The Blood”, well, as conflicts go it doesn’t get much bigger than that!

  9. abagail says:

    Dear, Mr.MacHale,I’m ten years old, in the fifth grade and I love your books.I especially like The Reality Bug.My school library doesn’t have them all and I accidentaly started on book four. Now I’m reading book two, because we don’t have book one. I have only read two pages and already glued.What I’m trying to say is your the BEST writer I’ ever read a book by and I’be read a lot of books.

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