Interview with Dee Van Dyk

Describe your desk
Cluttered. A tidy desk is the mark of a messy mind. Or so I tell myself.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in small town southern Alberta in a Mennonite community. I firmly believe everything about me is either an affirmation or a rejection of the values I learned as a child. Hopefully, I kept the best bits and discarded the rest.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember a time I wasn't spinning stories.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently polishing Sin Eater, a Young Adult novel about ... well ... a sin eater.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow. Too many to count. My all-time favorite author is George R. R. Martin and I regularly re-read the books in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. Brilliant writing.

My favorites line up with my moods. I like to think I have a diverse reading range. From Stephen King to Margaret Laurence, I love a well-told story, regardless of genre.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tough question. So many great books. In no particular order of preference:
1. A Song of Ice and Fire/George R. R. Martin
2. Stone Angel/Margaret Laurence
3. On the Beach/Nevil Shute
4. Lucifer's Hammer/Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
5. The Cuckoo's Calling/Robert Galbraith

But truly, those are the first five that floated to the surface. There are so many fine books I've read.
Published 2014-01-03.
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Books by This Author

Sin Eater
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,160. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Horror
Seventeen year old Sara Shaughnessy has spent most of her life on the fringes of society, the sister of a convicted serial killer. Bullied or ignored, at least her life has an element of predictability to it. But when her father’s death thrusts her into the care of her strange Irish grandmother, the danger to Sara is no longer child’s play.
Conspiracy Theories
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 23,810. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Conspiracy theories, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Who killed JFK? Was Jack the Ripper a member of the Freemasons? Is Skull and Bones a secret society placed to form a sinister shadow government, or is it a gathering of wealthy kids performing bizarre adolescent rituals? Are we alone in the universe? Van Dyk’s Conspiracy Theories takes a look at some of the most provocative stories of our time, and the conspiracies that shroud them.