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Dakota Douglas

I’m a retired newspaper reporter from the North East of England, following my childhood dream of being a novelist. As a kid I read books under the bedclothes by torchlight. Now I dive under the bedclothes, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between my nutty book characters in case I forget them in the morning. I’ve written stories since I was about eight years old. I wrote them on a toy typewriter and my dad did the illustrations. All sadly lost down the decades. I drafted my first novel about 10 years ago but had to give it up because of pains in my hands and wrists…Repetitive Strain Injury. I retired last year and have just published my first novel, a children’s fantasy called ANTics, based on a dream about ants.

Books by Dakota Douglas


InhabitANT is a hidden world where thousands of ants eat, sleep, work, raise children and wage wars. Their fiercest enemy is an evil spider, a massive, devious beast with magic powers, called RepugnANT. Three young ants…ExuberANT, BrilliANT and HesitANT…stumble across the fiend while looking for food. Their frantic efforts to escape him thrust them into one heart-pounding adventure after another. The eight-legged brute is in hot pursuit and has vowed to catch them and wipe out their nest. The pals need to escape his clutches and alert the nest, using Zube’s own special powers and Brill’s clever brain. But is HesitANT up to the challenge? Watching his family wiped out by slaveraider ants has left the little ant nervous and timid. Can he shrug off his fears to save InhabitANT from the world’s craziest spider?

Novella: $2.99 Children's Author: Dakota Douglas

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