Featured Interview With Dan Van Oss
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in the midwest; Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky. I’ve lived in Iowa the past 35 years, and the past three of those with a Golden Retriever names Jack.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I post in my by bio that I “grew up reading just about everything I could borrow from the town library, although admittedly sometimes just to get the sticker segments to complete the Reading Centipede for each book I finished reading.” I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi during the teen years, but that’s tapered off. Did some creative writing in college with a good teacher who wasn’t afraid to cross out your sentences with a red pen right in front of you.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
For humor, I like Dave Barry, Douglas Adams and James Lileks, who are also inspiring as well. I think humor is one of the tougher things to write; it seems like you either have it or you don’t. Let’s hope I have at least a little of it. I also like to read political thrillers, such as from early Tom Clancy, and I’m always interested in autobiographies.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
There are two recent books, but I’ll talk about “Shopping Survival Guide for Men”. It pretends to be helpful but let’s face it, it’s all pretty hopeless once a guy sets foot in a mall. I’m just trying help guys make it through a Saturday afternoon of forced march shopping without losing all of their sanity or savings.
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