I’m not very fond of writing about myself, but I suppose it comes with the territory. Instead of building a profile I’ll be answering any questions you may have, as long as they’re not too invasive. Some of you have been kind (and curious!) enough to send me an email with some questions already, the answers to which can be found below (in random order). If you’d like to know anything else, feel free to ask.
What’s an Aetherian?
Aetherians live in Aetheria, a world running parallel to ours which is featured in my upcoming novel bearing the same name. Since I created the world, you could call me “the original Aetherian”. You could also call me strange. I’d take it as a compliment.
Are you a writer?
I’m one of those annoying people who refer to themselves as “an aspiring author”. Apologies in advance. I write solely in my free time (that is, when I’m not cooking or renovating). I’ve written a number of children’s stories and
am currently working on have recently finished working on my first novel. Most of them are written in Dutch (my native language), but as you can see, I dabble in English as well.
If not, what do you do for a living?
I’ve been a full-time lecturer since 2008, teaching English at PXL University College in Hasselt, Belgium. I also own a one-man business, Cryptrium, specialising in translation, copywriting and training (see www.cryptrium.com (EN+NL version) for further details).
Are you really a Belgian or do you just live there?
Yes, I am a real Belgian (makes it sound like one heck of an achievement).
Is Diony your real name?
Yes. My full name is Diony Van Eeckhout. And yes, it is a strange first name, even in these parts. It’s derived from Dionysos, the Greek god, and it’s a nightmare to use on the phone. Most of my co-workers call me Lucas.
How old are you?
I was born on November 14th, 1984, so that would mean I’m… ageing at an ever increasing rate. 😉
How long have you been working on your novel?
Ouch… I started working on the plot in February 2008 and ended up with enough material for a trilogy, so that’s what I’m writing. The first manuscript was finished on 24th July 2014 (10.34 p.m.). Fingers crossed!
Could I read one of your children’s stories?
Do you have a pseudonym?
Yes: Sebastian Volt.
Why are you so fond of rhyme?
I rhyme to retrieve emotions from my past, in a futile attempt to make them last. Yeah, that’s not really why, but it has a marvellous ring to it, right? That‘s what rhyming means to me. Rhythm. Music. Harmony in symmetry… (Hear what I mean?)
Why do you love Edinburgh so much?
If you’ve ever been there, this question answers itself. 🙂
Are you a Goonie?
Picked up on that, did you? 🙂