A graduate of Northwestern University, William Crawford began telling stories at the age of five to his cousins late at night while on family vacations in the Great North Woods. This quickly progressed—if you can call two decades quickly progressing— to political satire. In 1996 the author created a parody on the OJ Simpson saga. My Search for the Real Killer, not by OJ Simpson became a minor cult classic. The author’s real ambition was to become a novelist. Over the years he developed several storylines. Once he retired from his safety position in government he turned that ambition into reality. The result is the Floating Man: a mystery thriller that takes place in both past and present, where historical figures collide with fictional characters in a story of love, discovery, ambition, greed, death, and redemption.
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The Floating Man
An amazing scientific discovery in 1830 leads to a government cover-up spanning two centuries and two continents, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake. Replete with dark psychosexual overtones, the Floating Man is a mystery thriller that takes place in both past and present as fictional and historical characters collide.
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on Nov. 27, 2013
Dakota Douglas’ ANTics is an adventure story for the young and young at heart. Cleverly written, well paced and plotted, Ms Douglas takes us into the world of ants where danger lurks around every corner.
The story revolves around three ant friends (Zube, Brill and HesitANT) and their mortal enemy, a lonely spider nicknamed Puggy. Along the way we meet occupANTs of the inhabitANT colony and the many creatures that roam the house, garden and yard of the Fairweathers – a human family known to the insect world as Two Legs.
Ms Douglas beautifully describes the world from the perspective of the insects that inhabit the “crawly kingdom.” Along with the adventure and fight for survival, she infuses the story with the very human virtues of friendship, teamwork, love, and sacrifice.
I must admit, this middle-aged man (some would call me old) thoroughly enjoyed ANTics. Can an animated screen version be in the works?
Ms Douglas smartly ended the story on a note that indicates a sequel is in the offing. Get to it Ms Douglas, the world awaits.