Athol Dickson

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Athol Dickson is the publisher of the popular news website,, 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.

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Books by this Author

The Opposite of Art
Lost Mission

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I love boats, because of the freedom they represent, and because of their beauty and their grace in motion. In another life, I would have loved to build them one at a time, and sell them to people who would travel far and have great adventures in them.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That I might become irrelevant.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Ritz crackers. I know that's pathetic, but seriously.

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.