Author Revealed

About Dylan Evans

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/29

Q. Previous occupations

A. Teacher, psychoanalyst, entrepreneur

Q. Favorite job

A. I prefer being self-employed

Q. High school and/or college

A. London School of Economics

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Mozart

Q. Favorite movie

A. Apocalypse Now

Q. Favorite television show

A. Mad Men

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. An apparently random walk with an underlying narrative

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. To succeed more often, double your failure rate

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is not a state but a process of continual growth and development.  I'm only really happy when I'm learning new things and thinking new thoughts.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Becoming bitter and twisted

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. In a remote villa in the Alpujarras in Spain

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Giacomo Casanova - not because of his many affairs, but because he was a risk taker

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Erik Prince

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Interesting

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Writing frivolous articles for the media

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

A. Mindreading

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Rebuilding my life after a nervous breakdown

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Insensitivity to other peoples' feelings

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Enthusiasm

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Me

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Creativity

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Lemuel Gulliver

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Charles Montgomery Burns

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

A. The teenage Adolf Hitler: "Don't give up painting."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who think they know more than they really do

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. DJing

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Football coach

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Bravery, curiosity and imagination

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

A. Tacos

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Jonathan Swift, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Saki, Oscar Wilde, Vladimir Nabokov

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Gulliver's Travels, Against Nature, Lolita, The Story of My Life (Casanova), The Odyssey

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Odyssey

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Imagine your book on display in your favorite bookshop

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. You write very clearly