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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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. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. The first one who comes to mind is Jack Aubrey, in Patrick O'Brian's nautical series, but ask again tomorrow and it will be someone else.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Saint Peter. He wanted to do the right thing very badly. He often wasn't certain what the right thing was, and he sometimes lost his way, but when did, he admitted it and returned to the proper path. Because of that, he finished very well, or so they say.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. The ability to love unconditionally.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Self pity. No, wait. Worry. No, wait. Selfishness. No, wait. Indecision. Yes, that's it. No, wait . . .