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 had a toy typewriter (there weren’t home computers in those prehistoric days) and there I would sit, just like a real author, writing novels. I was a huge fan of British children’s writer Enid Blyton, but I invented my own characters, settings and storylines. My dad created me a book cover, on which I proudly put my name and the title of the book.
When I wasn’t hunched over my toy typewriter, you could see me smashing a
tennis ball again the brick end of a block of garages beside my home. For hours on end I perfected my lob, backhand and forehand shots – all the time spinning stories in my head.
The love of writing led me down a career path as a journalist. So when I retired in 2011, it wasn’t a surprise that I returned to novel writing.
My first novel is a children’s fantasy story called ANTics. I get a lot of inspiration for my stories from dreams. And ANTics came from a dream after watching a group of ants carry a potato crisp back to their nest.
I believe you’re never too old to try something new or challenge yourself. In other words Reach For The Stars.
on March 27, 2012 :
Hopping Bird’s New Name is a short story (seven pages) that tells the adventure of a young Sioux boy who is determined to become a great hunter and get a better name. He is greatly disappointed when the day has been dedicated to finding plants for healing – he wants to practice hunting!
This tale shows the determination of every 10 year old boy to be considered older. He is growing up and wants to be seen as something other than a little boy. How does his determination complicate the day – for himself and his tribe? That’s the adventure!
I enjoyed this story. It is short enough for the busy child, but still teaches the dangers of not heeding parents’ warnings. However, bravery and quick thinking are also rewarded. I was amused by the ending – I certainly didn’t see it coming. Dakota Douglas is a story teller who leaves you talking with your child about the possibilities as you finish the last sentence. This book is worth the read.
(review of free book)