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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Happiness is knowing that God loves me.

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.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Professor Moriarty comes to mind.

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

A. The ability to love unconditionally.