Dakota Douglas was a shy kid who had trouble making friends in the real world but had no shortage of imaginery pals inspired by the books she read. She waited tables and booked people on exotic holidays before becoming a newspaper reporter. Now she’s fulfilling her childhood dream of being an author and following her own personal motto, “You’re never too old to reach for the stars”. Growing up, she read books under the bedclothes by torchlight, now she dives under the covers, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between her book characters in case she forgets them in the morning. When not writing, she can be found on the golf course not hitting like Tiger. Her first book, ANTics, is a children’s fantasy inspired by a dream after watching a group of tiny ants carry a huge potato crisp back to their nest.