Interview with Dirk Bontes

Who are your favorite authors?
They must be counted in the dozens, hundreds and thousands. PG Wodehouse is one of them. Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Anson Heinlein, Andre Norton, Sharon Green, Anne McCaffrey (usually), Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jack Chalker.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed for reasons of duty, curiosity or boredom. There are things I have to do, have an obligation to do, things I want to know, or rather things I want to - have to - discover, and boredom starts to bore quickly.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I generally do not have time to read books, as I am a very slow reader. These days, too, I spend a lot of time on translations that I do to earn a bit of money, so I can pay my rent. I also spend time on research for my own books. This research often involves using Google to find information that I need, reading articles linked to on Facebook (or Twitter) and reading (parts of) Googlebooks. Infrequently I have read and reviewed a few e-books for LibraryThing and Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, I do not remember the first story I ever wrote. I do remember that at the age of eight years I wrote a brief story about a leaf falling from a tree. The teacher unexpectedly sent me out of the class and made me knock on the doors of the five other classes to read this story to the children in those classes. Doing that solo, I felt abandoned and embarrassed. I would much rather have stayed in my own classroom. This was before the Godsent traumatic event that occurred one year later and that changed my brains and mind for the better and for the worse, taking much from me, but also providing me with my unique mental ability.
What is your writing process?
I read what interests me. When I encounter an unsolved problem, preferably a paradox, or something that in my opinion has obviously been solved erroneously, I dig into it to get at the bottom of it, and then I may dig beyond that to get at its roots. I present the facts and then supply my solution and its arguments. Sometimes adding a few lines or half of a page to my books may take a whole day of research. I get a kick from solving these mysteries and scientific problems.

My article about electric asteroids got going when I watched a BBC documentary about the asteroid belt, when I recognized that the way I had explained the behaviour and characteristics of other celestial bodies in my book "Making Sense Of Astronomy & Geology" (2000, published in limited editions under own management; as well as a couple of previous, less mature editions) also applied to these asteroids. I do not recall how long I have worked on that article; it must have been several months.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I do not remember the first story I ever read. One of my earliest recollections is reading strips - comics. There was one of the Panda-strips by the famous Dutch cartoonist and writer Marten Toonder. The characters were animal figures, one of them being the main character Panda and another his devious, but somewhat friendly opponent the fox and conman Joris Goedbloed (Good-blood).

I recall having read a fairy tales book and a lot of those tales were about earthmen (goblins) and underground spaces and crystals; it was mysterious, scary and fascinating. I do not recall its title and have never found another copy. I would love to acquire it and to read it again.
How do you approach cover design?
I supply an idea to a friend of mine. She then uses her magical abilities and creates the cover. I would not know how to acquire a cover otherwise.

My article about teleological evolution supplements a new evolution mechanism - accelerated selection and evolution - to the standard theory of random evolution. It discusses the evolution of various species on the plains of East Africa, among them the evolution and function of zebra stripes and in particular of course also the evolution of the human brain. I therefore suggested to my friend to have black and white stripes of increasing widths as well as a human brain in various sizes on the cover. That turned out very well.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five favourite books? Five? How about five hundred or five thousand or fifty thousand? The answers will be as meaningless as the question.

I enjoyed reading "Robinson Crusoe" as a child. I enjoyed reading "Dik Trom" (and all its sequels) as a child; this is about a fat and very clever boy. I enjoyed reading "De Kameleon" (and all its sequels) as a child; a children's book about two boys with a very fast boat named Chameleon. I very much enjoyed reading "Torenhoog en mijlenbreed" (As high as towers and miles in width) by Tonke Dragt, about the adventures of a latently telepathic astronaut in the vast forests on the planet Venus. I enjoyed reading "My man Jeeves" (in Dutch translation) and nearly everything else that I read by P.G. Wodehouse.

These books stimulated my sense of wonder, my intellect and my sense of humor.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Most sales have been to acquaintances. The lack of sales is frustrating. My books present our species with an enormous amount of new ideas and insights, that often are life changing ideas and insights. I have things of worth to convey to humanity, but those who ought to be interested either cannot find me or pass me by.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote the beginning of stories when at school. In 1983 I entered a one page competition with a science fiction story about two intelligent very large molluscs. The stories were read to the public. The woman who read the stories struggled with the very difficult names of the molluscs, but clearly liked my story best. The public struggled even more with the names of the molluscs and therefore did not appreciate my story. By public acclaim the prize went to a story by another author about a robot that threw a baby against the ceiling. Thirteen years would pass until I won a short story contest in 1996.
I started writing my first two - still unpublished - theses about my discoveries in immunology in the mid eighties. Next, from 1990 until 1995 I dedicated all of my time to research and write a book about my discoveries in cosmology, as well as a book about my experiences and discoveries about herpes simplex; both are also still unpublished.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to share my scientific discoveries with the world, with all of humanity - and earn some money doing it. For example, in my interpretation of Lucian's "True History" I argue that Lucian describes the Brownian motion of oxygen molecules thousands of years before Robert Brown discovered it in 1827. It is unlikely that Lucian had any idea of what he described, but the meme was then already thousands of years old and someone must have been familiar with the Brownian motion in order to create the meme.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As yet my Smashword publications have not been successful. My evolution theory articles and my astronomy articles of course are intended for scientists, but those are accustomed to reading peer reviewed articles in scientific journals for free. By definition they reject my for pay articles without having read them. Lay people on the other hand apparently are not sufficiently interested in these cute mysteries of science and my solution of those mysteries.

My books about my discoveries in mythology and folklore ought to be of interest to a great many people, but they do not sell either. In them I deduce and describe the existence of another species of Homo, i.e. of another species of humans, who co-existed with our species and who eventually modified our species - but also themselves - genetically. Zecharia Sitchin was the first to argue that our species was genetically modified - and I agree with him.
What do your fans mean to you?
I do not think that I have any fans at the moment - otherwise they would buy my books and write raving reviews about them.

If ever I do get fans, they will feed me, house me and enable me to have time to do more scientific discoveries, to the benefit of all of humanity.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kobo Touch 2.0. I will order it today.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a fishing and navy town. There wasn't much to do, except playing in a carpenter's yard, and catching pidgeons and climbing and entering abandoned buildings to do so. I did a lot of climbing as a child. I used to be adventurous. I used to be able to sing and dance.
Maybe the town where I grew up did have an effect upon my perception? I don't know.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get a kick out of discovering new truths about the universe. Writing about my discoveries sucks me on into doing new discoveries. My book "Making Sense of Astronomy & Geology" (2000) initially started out with the intent of writing about my discovery that Mira variable red supergiant stars are variable because they have another star orbiting within their body. I added more chapters to it about other astronomy subjects and ended up with an atrocious first edition. When I later translated it into English, for the first English edition, I could not comprehend a lot of what I had written down myself. It forced me to improve om my own theories and text.
There also with each new edition were questions that remained open and that required further research and thinking. In subsequent years I added still more chapters to it about many of my new discoveries, until it was published in 2000 as the third English edition.

This progression proves to be true for most of the books I write about my scientific discoveries. For example, I think that I first wrote and published my book about Zwarte Piet about four years ago here on Smashwords. It then had about 65k words, if I recall correctly. During the subsequent years I continually added material to it as I happened to stumble across issues that were pertinent. It now has approximately 220k words, I believe. In fact it has meanwhile grown to nearly 260k words, but I have yet to upload those latter 40k words of updates to Smashwords; I am still waiting until I have the time to do some further research into one of the updates. One of the new chapters is about the Golliwogg. I was very exited when last week I discovered such a rag doll that existed decades before Florence Upton, who introduced the Golliwogg to the public, was born.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I visit my relatives or friends.
What do you read for pleasure?
At the moment I am reading a translation into French of one of Anne McCaffrey's Pern books.
Describe your desk
My desk is small, with a desk top computer, screen, keyboard and lots of clutter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My new book will be an analysis of the Revelation of John in the New Testament. I actually already wrote it about thirty years ago, but I am writing it again now for publication purposes. I have no idea when it will be finished, though it is nearly done. If only I had a couple of days of free time to complete it...
What are you working on next?
At the moment I am translating a German text into Dutch, for pay.
Published 2017-06-08.
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Books by This Author

Catullus 2 & 3
Price: Free! Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Ancient Poetry, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Latin
$ This tri-lingual book presents a translation of what the Latin text alludes to. It is also intended to enable people to learn a couple of hundred words of Latin, Dutch or English. Dutch: Dit drietalige boek biedt een vertaling aan van hetgeen waarop de Latijnse tekst zinspeelt. Het is ook bedoeld om mensen in staat te stellen om enkele honderden woorden Latijn, Nederlands of Engels te leren.
KIC 8462852 Solved
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Astronomy, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Physics / Astrophysics
KIC 8462852 was thought to be a non-descript star. Then suddenly it dimmed for a day! And later once again! Next it was shown to have gradually reduced its light strength for the last century. What causes this unexpected, far out of the ordinary behavior? What obscures the light from this star? This article proposes that it is due to the complete ionization of helium atoms.
FK Com-Type ‘Platypus Stars’
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Astronomy, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Physics / Astrophysics
(4.00 from 1 review)
BP Piscium was initially thought to be a young star, but astronomers later concluded that it actually fitted a small group of old stars, the FK Com-type stars. BP Piscium also is thought to have eaten a large planet or a small companion star. In this article it is argued that the FK Com-type stars are in fact white dwarfs that have not yet thrown off their outer gas layers as planetary nebula's.
Friso’s Giant Ship
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 14,760. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Ancient, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Space Science
Friso's Giant Ship is an interpretation of the Frisian folktale "Het Reuzenschip Van Friso". It is about two ships at the time of the Deluge. The one travels into deep space to there collect a comet and to send it on a collision course towards the Earth; God is aboard this vessel. The other endures the Deluge on Earth and brings Friso, one of the clones of God, to his predestined land Frisia.
Friso's Reuzenschip
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 14,670. Language: Dutch. Published: November 2, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Ancient, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Space Science
(4.00 from 1 review)
Friso's Reuzenschip is een interpretatie van het Friese volksverhaal "Het Reuzenschip Van Friso". Het gaat over twee schepen ten tijde van de Zondvloed. Het ene reist naar de diepe ruimte om daar een komeet op te halen en die op een botsingskoers met de Aarde te brengen; aan boord bevindt zich God. Het andere doorstaat op Aarde de Zondvloed en brengt Friso, een kloon van God, naar het land Frisia.
Ye Olde Electric Asteroids
Price: $11.00 USD. Words: 17,390. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Astronomy
This article / E-book proposes that the shape and orbital parameters of asteroids and comets - and therefore the sorting of the asteroids - are to a large degree determined by electric currents and by the magnetic field of the Sun. It discusses the asteroids in the Main Belt and in other asteroid groups. In particular it discusses asteroids and comets that have been photographed by space probes.
Lucian's "True History". Its Credible Parts Interpreted
Price: $8.25 USD. Words: 21,500. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Space Science
(4.00 from 1 review)
People have been writing forever about travels to the Moon. Lucian's "True History", a "monument of lies", written in the 2nd century A.D., is one such book. This analysis of his Moon travel story in Far Antiquity makes sense of the bizarre events described by Lucian and shows them to concur with our own experiences with and ideas about space, space travel and biotechnology.
Bushrangers. Goden Van Hemel En Hel
Price: $2.25 USD. Words: 19,660. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Education, Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore, & legend
In het gehele Indo-Europese taalgebied wordt jaarlijks het eind van het oude jaar en de start van het nieuwe jaar gevierd met expressies van de pekzwarte heerser over het Dodenrijk - over de Hel. Hier wordt beargumenteerd dat sommige Bushrangers, Highwaymen en Outlaws Sint Nikolaas en zijn vrouw Bess en / of zoon Zwarte Piet belichamen.
Bushrangers. Gods Of Heaven And Hell
Price: $2.25 USD. Words: 20,420. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Education, Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore, & legend
All over the Indo-European language area in one way or another expressions of the pitchblack ruler of the Underworld - i.e. of Hell - are annually celebrated at the end of the old year and the start of the new year. Here it is argued that some Bushrangers, Highwaymen and Outlaws represent Saint Nicholas, his wife and or their son.
Dick Turpin, God Van Het Dodenrijk
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 28,100. Language: Dutch. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore, & legend
Dit boek gaat over de Engelse struikrover Dick Turpin. Er wordt gesteld en beargumenteerd dat Turpin een Zwarte Piet figuur was en dat zijn terechtstelling een met regelmaat opgevoerd ritueel was, dat deel uitmaakte van de rituele cyclus van het jaar. Tevens worden nieuwe ontdekkingen onthuld over het geheime leven van John Wilkes Booth, de man die president Abraham Lincoln vermoordde.
Dick Turpin, God Of The Underworld
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 26,680. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore, & legend
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
This book is about the English highwayman Dick Turpin. It is asserted and argued that Turpin was a Black Peter figure and that his execution was a traditional ritual, that was a part of the ritual cycle of the year. Also in this book new discoveries about John Wilkes Booth' secret life are revealed. John Wilkes Booth was the man who assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.
De Essentie Van Zwarte Piet
Price: $31.60 USD. Words: 419,650. Language: Dutch. Published: October 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore, & legend, Nonfiction » History » Civilization
Dit boek gaat diep in op de kenmerken en attributen van Zwarte Piet en op de Sinterklaasviering, die een oeroude jaarwisselingsviering is. Een god wordt gedefinieerd door zijn attributen en kenmerken. Met behulp daarvan is de geschiedenis van de twee Zwarte Pieten – Sint Nikolaas was de oorspronkelijke Zwarte Piet – terug te traceren tot zo'n 4000 jaar geleden, tot in de tijd van de heidense goden
Aeneas And The Sibyl
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 17,330. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Latin, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Space Science
This is the easy to read version of the author's translation of the sixth book of the Aeneid, which describes the Trojan hero Aeneas' voyage to and through the Underworld. Being an adaptation, it is not a literal translation of the Roman poet Vergilius' Latin text. However, in the opinion of the author it does represent the meaning of his text.
Aeneas En De Sibylle
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 16,680. Language: Dutch. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Latin, Essay » Literature
Dit is de makkelijk te lezen versie van de vertaling door de auteur van het zesde boek van de Aeneis, dat de reis naar en door de Onderwereld van de Trojaanse held Aeneas beschrijft. Omdat het een bewerking is, is het geen letterlijke vertaling van de Latijnse tekst van de Romeinse dichter Vergilius. Het geeft echter wel weer wat de tekst naar de mening van de auteur te betekenen heeft.
Evolutie Is Teleologisch
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 9,070. Language: Dutch. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution
Teleologie = doelgerichtheid, alsof het gepland is. Het maakt nogal verschil of de evolutie zich gedraagt als een stuurloos schip of dat het een doelgerichte koers vaart. Dit artikel onderbouwt de doelgerichtheid van de evolutie van eiwitten en organen met simpele natuurkundige en wiskundige argumenten. Het bespreekt de strepen van de zebra, de nek van de giraffe en de grootte van onze hersenen.
Evolution Is Teleological
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 8,490. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution
Teleology = purposefulness, as if something is planned. There is quite a difference between evolution as a drifting, directionless ship or as a ship that holds a steady course to an inevitable destination. This article argues that the evolution of proteins and organs - e.g. the giraffe's neck, the zebra's stripes and hominid brains - is driven by simple principles of physics and mathematics.
Guttural Pouches In Horses: Evolution, Function And Mycosis
Price: $2.12 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Medical science, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution
There are unique organs in the head of the horse: guttural pouches. In this short article the mysteries of their evolution, function and the reason of their mycosis are explained for the first time. The two main chapters are the Introduction and the Discussion. In the Introduction the pertinent facts are presented by means of many quotes. The Discussion has the explanations.
Luchtzakken In Paarden: Evolutie, Functie En Mycosis
Price: $2.12 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: Dutch. Published: April 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Medical science, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution
Paarden hebben een uniek orgaan in hun hoofd: de luchtzakken. In dit korte artikel worden de grote raadselen van de evolutie, de functie en de reden van de schimmelinfectie ervan voor het eerst verklaard. De twee voornaamste hoofdstukken zijn de Introductie en de Discussie. In de Introductie worden middels vele citaten de relevante feiten opgesomd. In de Discussie volgen de verklaringen.
Aeneid Liber Sextus
Price: $14.75 USD. Words: 49,120. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Latin, Nonfiction » New Age » Aliens & UFOs
Thousands of years ago the Trojan hero Aeneas, the son of the goddess Aphrodite, traveled to the Underworld to meet and speak with his father Anchises. He was one of the few to return from that place with his memories intact. This book is a revolutionary translation and interpretation of Vergilius' account of that fascinating journey and place. It has brief linguistic analyses of certain names.
Aeneis Liber Sextus
Price: $14.75 USD. Words: 48,600. Language: Dutch. Published: December 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Nonfiction » History » Ancient
(4.00 from 1 review)
Aeneas, de zoon van de godin Aphrodite, was één van de weinige stervelingen die het dodenrijk bezocht en ervan terugkeerde. Aeneas' reis naar de Onderwereld werd beschreven door Vergilius. Dit boek is een revolutionaire vertaling uit het Latijn van die fascinerende reis. Het bevat vele verrassende commentaren en interpretaties en korte taalkundige analyses van de betekenis van de gebruikte namen.