Ken Dickson

Lorrie
5,238 books | 380 friends

Jeffrey...
3,532 books | 5,001 friends

Moondance
2,429 books | 147 friends

Wen Budro
3,860 books | 489 friends

Beth
923 books | 42 friends

Terry
4,202 books | 558 friends

Nina
952 books | 133 friends

Littoface
589 books | 5 friends

More friends…

Ken Dickson

Goodreads Author


Born
in Albuquerque, NM, The United States
Website

Genre

Member Since
February 2013


Ken Dickson is the author of Detour from Normal, The Road to Amistad, and Aim for Justice.

Detour from Normal is the shocking true story of how our broken medical and mental health care systems rob Ken Dickson of his life as a respected engineer and devoted family man, and land him in a high-security psychiatric ward reserved for the most dangerously mentally ill. What is most disturbing is that what happened to him could happen to anyone.

In The Road to Amistad, an unprecedented psychological change catapults people from all walks of life into an extraordinary new level of human consciousness. For most, this leads to confusion and heartache, but for some, it is their calling. Their lives would be idyllic if not for a ruthless killer bent on
...more

To ask Ken Dickson questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Ken Dickson Hi Littoface,

I'm glad that you enjoyed the book. Beth and I are still married, but it has been a struggle off and on. An experience like this changes…more
Hi Littoface,

I'm glad that you enjoyed the book. Beth and I are still married, but it has been a struggle off and on. An experience like this changes the dynamics of a relationship, but I think that you can see from how hard Beth fought for me that she is not one to easily give up, luckily for me.

Surprisingly, my writing has been the biggest challenge. It took me two years to publish Detour from Normal and it has taken nearly two years since then to complete my newest novel, The Road to Amistad, which I expect to publish in a few months. I still work full-time as an engineer and these efforts consume most of my spare time. I enjoy writing immensely, but have to take breaks occasionally to return to the present and take care of important relationships.

Thank you for writing!

Sincerely,
Ken(less)
Ken Dickson Often, I try to force what I need, but when I do, it never seems right. Eventually, the muse kicks in, and it is only then that I see the value of my…moreOften, I try to force what I need, but when I do, it never seems right. Eventually, the muse kicks in, and it is only then that I see the value of my forced efforts. The muse picks and chooses from everything I've tried, and assembles the proper narrative, or perhaps, takes a whole new approach. Either way, when that happens, the result is inspired. I call it the muse because it has a seeming life of its own, and I cannot predict when it will raise its mighty pen!(less)
Average rating: 3.77 · 1,365 ratings · 208 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
Detour from Normal

3.77 avg rating — 1,295 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Aim for Justice

4.71 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Road to Amistad

3.97 avg rating — 30 ratings6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Otherwise, I'm Normal

2.89 avg rating — 19 ratings2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

As I drove myself to a local hospital in excruciating pain on April 14, 2011, I couldn’t have imagined how my life was about to change. Over the next few days, doctors removed ten inches of my infected lower intestine and I nearly died from complications. After nine days of hospitalization, I’d shed over twenty pounds and become a shadow of my former self. Miraculously, I survived and doctors s...

Read more of this blog post »
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Twitter icon
Published on April 30, 2018 20:24 • 14 views

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Munsey Business: ...
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
The Name of the Wind
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
Lab Girl
Ken Dickson is currently reading
by Hope Jahren (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

 

Ken’s Recent Updates

Ken Dickson is on page 330 of 460 of Munsey Business
Munsey Business by Dave Munsey
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ken Dickson is on page 270 of 460 of Munsey Business
Munsey Business by Dave Munsey
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ken Dickson is currently reading
Munsey Business by Dave Munsey
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ken Dickson is currently reading
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ken Dickson wants to read
Stitches by David Small
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ken Dickson wants to read
Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ken Dickson wants to read
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ken Dickson rated a book it was amazing
Woman EX by Réal Laplaine
Woman EX
by Réal Laplaine (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
Upon returning to Earth from a wildly successful sixteen-year mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, Tanner McNeal and the crew of the Dauntless expect nothing less than a ticker-tape parade. Imagine their surprise when instead, they are immediately plac ...more
Ken Dickson wants to read
It by Stephen King
It
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ken Dickson wants to read
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Ken's books…
“If you place belief on a pedestal, it will become your prison.”
Ken Dickson
tags: belief

“Soulless eyes watched me as countless seconds ticked away, increasing the potential of my suffering with each tick.”
Ken Dickson, Detour from Normal

“Belief is unprovable, but it is a stepping-stone to truth.
Faith is unshakable. It is neither belief nor truth but lights the way between them.
Truth is undeniable. It is both the intention and the end of belief, and the reward of faith.”
Ken Dickson, Detour from Normal

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Crazy Challenge C...: Team 6, The Blank Pages, BB 4 638 82 Dec 13, 2014 11:46PM  
The Lost Challenges: Colors of the Month - Yellow 56 46 Apr 29, 2018 04:21AM  
The Lost Challenges: April Scattergories 42 51 May 01, 2018 05:40AM  
The Lost Challenges: April Monthly - Giraffe 70 65 May 05, 2018 06:21AM  
“Belief is unprovable, but it is a stepping-stone to truth.
Faith is unshakable. It is neither belief nor truth but lights the way between them.
Truth is undeniable. It is both the intention and the end of belief, and the reward of faith.”
Ken Dickson, Detour from Normal

“If you place belief on a pedestal, it will become your prison.”
Ken Dickson
tags: belief

“The more you've struggled to heal and love yourself, the more inspiring your story will be to others when you come out the other side full of triumph, awareness, and honour. Don't give up. Your struggle today is the source of your wisdom tomorrow.”
Vironika Tugaleva




Comments (showing 1-4)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 4: by Ken

Ken Dickson Hi Donna,

I hope that you have a chance to read it. If you enjoy it, be sure to read the biographical fiction sequel: The Road to Amistad. I know that it's crazy to follow up a memoir with a fictional sequel, but that's what my muse directed me to do. Originally, Detour from Normal was fiction, so it made sense, however, my editor convinced me to write the actual story. That was a big challenge because when you are manic you don't care about time: I had no clue about the timeline. It took considerable effort to recreate that based on my wife's journal and 1200 pages of medical and mental health records.

In the end, Detour kept a bit of the creative flavor of the fiction piece. Some readers dislike that but I could not write that book today. It needed to be written while I was still a bit incapacitated to accurately capture the subject matter.

I began The Road to Amistad while the first draft of Detour was at the editor, writing 200 pages in 10 days. I have never again written so prolifically. After deciding to make Detour into a memoir, I nearly scrapped it, but it was too dear to my heart to abandon. I just loved the characters, scenes and settings and the story was deeply personal as if it really was my own story. In fact, I think of it as my own alternate history.

Thanks for writing.

Sincerely,
Ken


message 3: by Donna

Donna Ken,
Thanks for becoming a friend on Good Reads. I hope to read your book soon if possible. I am trying to get my TBR list down a bit.
I love reading and have many, many books to read.
Blessings.
Donna


message 2: by Ken

Ken Dickson Thank you so much, Terry! You are very kind. I am hoping that my book does help many. There is something in it for everyone. I hope that you enjoy it. Take care...


message 1: by Terry

Terry Thank you for accepting my friend request Ken! Even from having not read it yet, I believe your book will help many. Best wishes and much success to you my friend!


back to top