Hand Writing


Dakota Canon is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, flash fiction, microfiction and poems. She is published in numerous literary magazines such as Witness and Hobart and is on staff at Cease, Cows.


She is represented by literary agent Claire Roberts of Claire Roberts Global Literary Management.


Dakota lives in California with her husband, daughter and cat. You can often find her on her couch in her pajamas with a laptop and cat both fighting for the same space.

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Dakota Canon is a left-brained professional by day, masquerading as a right-brained artiste by night. She writes in secret, surreptitiously building characters in the dark and laying bricks to new worlds while her own world sleeps, insomnia her most faithful companion.

Few people know about her secret passion, and the ones who do have been more than a little surprised. "It's the last thing I would've expected from you" is a phrase Dakota's heard multiple times. She's all quantitative and analytical, not one most would mistake for having half a creative bone.

Yet she's been writing stories since she was a child. She enjoys playing God in this one forum where it actually works. She also really likes hanging out with her characters... maybe a little too much.

Her first long-ish story was penned by hand when she was seven. It took her nearly the whole of second grade to finish. When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a Scientist was not only prescient, it also captured Dakota's essence perfectly: writer and scientist. Today she is both.


In bed or on my couch, cat on my lap. I need a soft, warm place to write. And silence. I need complete silence.


Late nights and weekend mornings. No regular schedule. I never could keep to one.


I try to plan but can never stick to an outline. I'm a "scene writer." I see a scene in my head, write it and then try to string scenes together.


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