On The Studio last week New York Times best-selling author D. J. MacHale shared some of the secrets of success he’s learned while directing films, executive producing TV series, and penning wildly popular young adult novels, like his new YA thriller Sylo. From famous people (Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, Haig Manoogian) and the not-so-famous (a young fan, a school librarian, his 10-year-old daughter), D. J.’s gathered nuggets of knowledge that help him in all his endeavors. He’s developed expertise on many topics: helping reluctant readers, wordsmithing vs. storythinking, long-haul truckers’ reading preferences–and lots more! D. J. also shares his thoughts on fan fiction, Skype school visits, and the first book in his new YA series (deemed unputdownable by Kirkus). Click here to download this interview or listen to it online.