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Athol Dickson

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Athol Dickson is the publisher of the popular news website, DailyCristo.com, and the author of seven novels and the bestselling memoir, The Gospel according to Moses. His novels of suspense and magical realism have been honored with three Christy Awards and an Audie Award, and compared to the work of Octavia Butler (by Publisher’s Weekly) and Flannery O’Connor (by The New York Times). He and his wife live in Southern California.

Photograph © David Tosti

Athol Dickson

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Athol Dickson is the publisher of the popular news website, DailyCristo.com, and the author of seven novels and the bestselling memoir, The Gospel according to Moses. His novels of suspense and magical realism have been honored with three Christy Awards and an Audie Award, and compared to the work of Octavia Butler (by Publisher’s Weekly) and Flannery O’Connor (by The New York Times). He and his wife live in Southern California.

Photograph © David Tosti

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My Life in 8 Words

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Athol Dickson
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Do to others what you would want them to do to you.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. A long marriage to a woman I do not deserve.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Loyalty, I suppose.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I'm not much of a song person. Most of the music I enjoy is instrumental. Jazz. New Age. Classical. I do enjoy Sarah MacLaughlin's work, such as "In the Arms of An Angel." And I like almost everything Enya has done. "Orinoco Flow" is one of my favorites by her. I still listen to 60's and 70's rock and roll sometimes. James Taylor. Cat Stevens. Crosby Stills Nash & Young. My friends laugh at me because I'm hopelessly out of date when it comes to popular music. But most of the new stuff I hear sounds derivative and repetitive. I very rarely hear anyone who's honestly doing something different.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. You mean other than Jesus, right? So next I suppose I'd go with Abraham Lincoln. I have a little statue of him on my desk. As for what I'd say . . . I think I'd ask him how he coped with the war years. Come to think of it, I'd like to meet Winston Churchill and ask him the same thing. Both men faced periods when they were almost completely alone in their decisions, and the choices they were forced to make were horrifying, yet somehow they persevered. I'd love to know where they found that strength of character.

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