Dakota Canon

I write because I feel compelled, like a tic. I write for the characters I create. They’re good company, my besties—I write to spend time with them. I write for the God-like power in my fingertips—I can create whole worlds and send them crashing down and everyone does what I say. I write because words are like toys, and I like to tinker with them. I write because it’s good therapy. I write because I can’t seem to stop myself.

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About Dakota Canon

Dakota Canon’s first novel, The Unmaking of Eden, won the 2019 Caledonia Novel Award and the 2018 Hastings Litfest Crime Novel Competition and was long-listed in the 2018 Yeovil Literary Prize. She's received placement in the Manchester Fiction Prize, the Writer’s Digest Annual Short Story Contest and the Brilliant Flash Fiction competition and has short work, either published or forthcoming, in Witness, Hobart, Moon City Review, Literary Orphans, Citron Review and The MacGuffin among others. She is a reader for the literary magazine Cease, Cows. Follow her on Twitter @DakotaCanon or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dakota.canon.author