About Gary Dyck

Gary Dyck’s Story

When I went to university, I wanted to become a writer. Since then, I worked as a milkman, butcher, janitor, vet-lab assistant, truck driver, social worker, clergy, communications advisor, and a few other jobs.  On the first day of my first job as a writer, I realized writing someone else’s story is not as much fun as writing my own stories.

I wrote a few of my own things along the way, mostly poems for my wife. Then one day while on the bus on the way to work, I decided to write a novel I had been contemplating for 30 years about a friend of ours who tried to murder his wife. I started on the back of an envelope, moved on to notebooks, and wrote the whole thing longhand. I typed it out and gave it to my wife for Christmas. I’ve given her a novel every year since. To this point, I haven’t published a novel, but I’ll do that soon.

How did I end up writing Bears, Bobsleds and Other Misadventures when my favourite genre is murder mysteries? While reading one of my novels, my wife came across a paragraph I put in to break the tension and she howled with laughter. That inspired me to put onto paper some of the funny and bizarre things that happened to me over the years.

When I was 18-years old, I had no idea that the best education for writing wasn’t found in the classroom.  It is found in living.

Writing fiction

My head is continually full of schemes, plots, and interesting characters. A single image can invoke an entire novel. When I was in Russia, I saw a way terrorists could take a thousand tourists captive in an hour. While travelling in Iceland, a whole book ran through my head about trolls. When I emptied my father-in-law’s house when he moved into a lodge,  I envisioned a story where the person cleaning up after a parent dies discovers a quagmire of secrets. (The Photographer’s Will is coming out soon). I guess I write fiction, because my wife asks me what I am thinking about and it is a little hard to explain in a few minutes.

Writing humour

I’m a terrible joke teller because I always mess up the punch line. But I do know how to set up a story and provide an ending with a twist. Years ago I decided to laugh at myself. Apparently, other people laugh at me too.

 

Writing non-fiction

God incidences happen. I co-wrote one book about some of these.

 

Photography

Photography is a passion. Not counting our home country, my wife and I have been in 26 countries. So far, we published one book of photos.

 

Check out my books

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