Interview with Dan Van Oss

Who are your favorite authors?
Mark Twain, Douglas Adams, Dave Barry, James Lileks, Paul Johnson, Issac Asimov
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock won't stop ringing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Letting the dog outside, working on websites, working in the yard, hanging with the family, and waiting for the alarm clock to go off to inspire me to get out of bed.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mostly use the internet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it was about the time/space fluctuations inherent in the existential side of Barnium string-theory, but it was way back in 1st grade so my memory isn't too good.
What is your writing process?
First, I find a computer that is not worriedly telling me "your keyboard battery is getting low!". Once I get past that barrier, it's just all a lot of magic I can't explain.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It may have been "Dr. Goat." I remember wondering how the walrus with the mustard plaster was going to swallow that gigantic pink pill.
How do you approach cover design?
Carefully. Covers are not to be trifled with. Seemingly calm, they are extremely fast and can harm or even kill the unskilled reader, especially the ones with those plastic flaps that bulge open all the time.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible, A History of the American People by Paul Johnson, issue #252 of Amazing Spiderman where he gets his black and white costume AND I have a letter to the editor published, the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov, and Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books about the Beatles, Family Handyman magazine, Tom Clancy-ish novels, and our daughter's weekly grade reports.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Apple iPad.
Describe your desk
It is flat and horizontal and made of some kind of hard substance impervious to the wind and cold. They should probably make coats and other protective outerwear out of it as well.
When did you first start writing?
I think it was around 1st Grade; we had that paper with the 1 inch rules and the dotted blue lines that helped us know where we should cross our "t's". Cursive was a killer; never quite got the hang of cursive.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up middle class and white helped me to achieve that marvelously bland, vanilla-ish style that keeps my readers spellbound, waiting to see whether I'll choose the Little Debbie Swiss Rolls or the full-on Hostess Ding Dongs at the Qwik-Mart.
Published 2015-02-18.
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