Featured Friday! Dylan Callens
Dylan Callens lands cleanly. That would be the headline of a newspaper built with an anagram generator. And although Dylan is a Welsh name meaning god or hero of the sea, he is not particularly fond of large bodies of water. His last name, Callens, might be Gaelic. If it is, his last name means rock. Rocks sink in the sea. Interestingly, he is neither Welsh nor Gaelic, but rather, French and German. The inherent contradictions and internal conflict in his life are obvious.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
There are a lot of things that I like about being an author that it’s hard to narrow it down to one. The process is very interesting. I enjoy researching. For my next novel, I’ll get to interview a lot of people with interesting stories to tell. Maybe the best thing, though, is finding readers that really connect with my work. That is very satisfying.
What made you start writing?
I began writing in grade four. I used to write these little, illustrated books. After I made a few, my teacher put them up on the board for other students to read. In that class, there was this girl that I had a little crush on and she liked one of those books, so I wrote a bunch more, after that. I guess, ultimately, I started writing to impress a girl.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
I’m inspired by a number of authors but here are my top three. For pure genius of thought, David Foster Wallace. His work is so incredibly complex and meaningful that my jaw drops, just thinking about Infinite Jest. Salmon Rushdie is one of the most beaufitul and daring writers ever. And for scaring the bejesus out of me, George Orwell.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Never give up. The only way to fail at writing is to stop writing. With everything that you do wrong in writing and publishing, you grow and hopefully get better.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I don’t get a lot of time to read outside of work that I am publishing. As such, I am reading a wide-variety of genres. Currently, I’m editing literary stream of consciousness. Before that was humour/satire. It’s quite fun to read a bit from these different worlds.
There are a few on my list but today I’ll pick Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell’s message is always relevant.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
I don’t find editing material out is difficult. Cutting material that will make my story better is not a tough decision. Going into writing, I have a pretty solid outline, so anything that isn’t relevant usually gets axed there, before I’m attached to it.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
I would choose Meaghan Curley. I think she would use enough profanity to capture my essence.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
I Heart Huckabees. That was a phenomenal film and I’m sure it would be a great book. At least I don’t think it’s a book yet…
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Dylan Callens lands cleanly.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
My next project is in very early development. The general idea excites me – it is going to be about shifting through the space-time continuum at the moment of deaeth. Within the next few days, I am going interview a number of people about their near death experiences, so I’m looking forward to that too. I think it’s going to be a real mind-bending project to work on.
Thanks to Dylan for an interesting interview!
Carl Winston’s life is perfect under the care of an artificial intelligence. Except that he doesn’t know this entity exists.
Carl floats through his luxurious life with his son, Liam, at his side. Together, they play holographic video games, eat Brave New Burgers, and watch violent Untruthers fight each other in a blood-sport.
Suddenly, pain rips through Carl’s head until he blacks out. Awakening in an institution called Bedlam, he must now piece his life back together. Is his new world filled with delusions or is a greater truth being uncovered?
Interpretation will leave you breathless as you discover the horrific possibility of such an Orwellian future.
And if you want to know more about Dylan himself, you can find him around the web on the links below: