8 Great Questions: kc dyer

The novelist chats about her fantasy book club and why David Sedaris always makes for a welcome gift.

KC dyer

kc dyer’s Finding Fraser introduces us to Emma Sheridan, who, on the cusp of 30, is desperately in need of a change. After a string of failed relationships, she can admit that no man’s ever lived up to her idea of perfection: the fictional Scottish star of romantic fantasies the world over, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. After selling all her worldly possessions, Emma takes off for Scotland with nothing but her burgeoning travel blog to confide in. But as she scours the rolling hills and crumbling castles, Emma discovers that in searching for her own Jamie Fraser, she just might find herself.

Recently, kc talked to Read It Forward about her dream, zinger-filled dinner party, the perfectly gothic read for a rainy day, and her charmingly coined favorite literary genre.

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What’s the book on your bedside table?

I just recently finished I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh—a gripping, twisty thriller.

What’s the one book you tell everyone to read?

Outlander, of course!

Name three characters from literature or authors (dead or alive) that you’d want in your ideal book club?

If I was going for authors, I'd have to say I'd like to have Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, and P. G. Wodehouse all at a dinner party. I'd just sit back and watch the zingers fly.

Name three characters from literature or authors (dead or alive) that you’d want in your ideal book club?

Oh, I'd only want people who can bring an interesting choice of reading selections, so—Daphne du Maurier, John le Carré, Graham Greene, Stephen King, Jon Krakauer, and Nora Ephron would do, I think.

What’s the one book you love to give as a gift and to whom do you give it?

Anything by David Sedaris. His work is funny and poignant and can make almost anyone laugh.

What’s the one book you read as a kid that has stuck with you?

The Once and Future King by T. H. White.

What’s the one book that never fails to delight or inspire you?

While I'd hesitate to call them delightful, the Gormenghast novels by Mervyn Peake have been an inspiration ever since I first read them. Wonderful, twisty gothic grimness—perfect for a rainy day.

If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

MadcapMysterySpeculativeAdventureGothNoir. That's a genre, isn’t it?

kc dyer was for many years a teacher in public, private, and Montessori schools. Currently, she writes full-time and lives just outside Vancouver. She is the author of four previous YA novels, most recently Ms. Zephyr’s Notebook. Her second novel, Secret of Light, was nominated for the Chocolate Lily Award in 2005.
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