D. J. MacHale

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D. J. MacHale
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MacHale at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Born Donald James MacHale
(1956-03-11) March 11, 1956 (age 61)
Greenwich, Connecticut
Occupation writer and director
Alma mater New York University
Notable works The Pendragon place;
Morpheus Road
Notable awards CableACE Award;
Gemini Award

Donald James MacHale (born March 11, 1955), known popularly under the pen name D. J. MacHale, is a writer, director, and executive producer. He has been affiliated with shows such as Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down and Seasonal Differences.[1] MacHale is also the author of the popular young adult book series, Pendragon and Morpheus Road.[2] One of Donald's books is called "Black Water".

Early life[edit]

Donald James MacHale was born on March 11, 1955 in Greenwich, Connecticut. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving sports trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse, in between playing football and running track.

Upon graduation, MacHale attended New York University and graduated with a BFA in film production. He never enjoyed writing[3] until college, where his screenwriting teacher (Pat Cooper) changed his outlook.[4]


MacHale won the CableACE Award for his series Chris Cross and the Gemini Award for Are you Afraid of the Dark?.[5] It aired on YTV in Canada and Nickelodeon in the United States. MacHale won a Cableace nomination for The Tale of Cutter's Treasure, a Gemini nomination for The tale of the Dangerous Soup, a Writer's Guild of America nomination and a Director's Guild of America nomination for his popular kids TV Series, Flight 29 Down, and a Cableace nomination for Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, a book series. His popular young adult series is titled Pendragon.

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