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D.J. MacHale is the New York Times best-selling author of the “Pendragon” and “Morpheus Road” science fiction adventure series for young adults.  MacHale was also co-creator and producer of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” a Twilight Zone-inspired series for kids that ran on Nickelodeon for 7 seasons in the 1990’s.  This summer, book 1 of MacHale’s new trilogy, “Sylo” was published by Penguin Books.

“Sylo” features an ordinary hero, 14 year-old Tucker Pierce, who is pretty average at everything, until he faces extraordinary circumstances and finds within himself the courage and ambition to save the world.  In this interview, MacHale discusses how this book came to be, why he made the move from TV to books, and what he sees in the future of literature for young adults.

Originally broadcast 8/9/13.


Monica Hadley is co-founder, host and producer of Writers' Voices on KRUU 100.1 fm in Fairfield, Iowa, a community low power radio station, and webmaster at

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