Daniel VanDyke

Content Manager

“I took to reading from an early age and as a  child was passionate about books, stories, and history. Over time this love expanded to include writing as well as reading, and I finished my first (rough) novel in high school. After college I survived in the beautiful heart of Chicago, pursuing my Masters degree in Library Science and coordinating the work of a freelance SEO writing team as we tackled a huge variety of projects over the years.

“Eventually my wife and I headed back home to West Michigan to settle down, and today I happily continue to write on a variety of content, organizing and expressing complex information professionally in both print and digital forms. In the evenings you can find me at home cooking, playing with my son, or quietly working away on a draft of an adventure and fantasy novel I hope to one day to see published.”

Fun Facts

Family or Background: I grew up in Hudsonville with three siblings and now live in Jenison with my wife, Carmen, and busy son, Josiah.

Education: B.A. in English from Alma College with a second major in Biology. Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

What’s your favorite movie quote? “Little did he know that this simple, seemingly innocuous act would result in his imminent death.” “What?” –Stranger than Fiction

What’s the most unusual job you’ve ever had? I once wrote a small campaign for an all-natural, herbal-based women’s beauty company – not my natural voice or character.

Who is you’re your alter ego? T.H. White’s King Arthur

What are three things you enjoy doing in your spare time? Board games, video games, creative writing.

Favorite beverage: Hard cider, semi-dry

Worst movie of all time? The Brave Little Toaster – always freaked me out when I was little

Favorite book? The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix.

Favorite spot you’ve traveled to? Bayeux France, just up the road from the landing sites at Normandy. Almost untouched by WWII fighting with canals crisscrossing cobblestone streets underneath a thousand year old cathedral. 

Toilet paper over or under? As long empty rolls get changed, I couldn’t care less.