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Dugald Steer - Author

About the Author

Dugald A. Steer was born in 1965 and lives in Surrey. His love of books and reading led him to study English Literature and Philosophy at Bristol University where he was an avid contributor to the Poetry Society Magazine. After stints working for Friends of the Earth and the Duchy of Lancaster Office, Dugald trained to teach English and spent the next five years in Spain, living in Galicia and Andalucia, writing in his spare time.

 

Dugald Steer now works as a freelance author for Templar Publishing, for whom he worked as an inhouse writer and editor for ten years. He has written a large number of books, including Mythical Mazes, Scary Fairies, An Accidental Christmas, Just One More Story and The Night Tiger among others. He has also made contributions to many of Templar’s best known series’, including Maurice Pledger’s Peek and Find series, and Derek Matthews’ highly successful Happy Snappy® series, for which he has written many books. He has edited many other books, has created Picture This... and Alphabet with Alison Jay and has also written The Toys’ Easter Surprise and the Little Mouse series. Dugald has wrote the handbook How to Be a Knight which he recently followed up with How to be an Explorer. Dugald Steer is the author of the hugely successful Ology™ series that includes Dragonology™ and Monsterology™ (writing as Dr. Ernest Drake), Egyptology (as Emily Sands), Wizardology™ (as the wizard Merlin!), Pirateology™ (as Capt. William Lubber) and Mythology (as Lady Hestia Evans), as well as the Ology™ handbooks, model packs, field guides and the Dragonology™ Pocket Adventures. After the success of The Dragon’s Eye, Dug is working on the forthcoming second novel in The Dragonology™ Chronicles – The Dragon Diary, as well as the top-secret seventh title in the Ology series!

‘In the library with Dugald Steer’ - quick fire questions and answers from the author of the Ology books

What was your favourite book as a child?
The Hobbit, by JRR Tollkien

Which book would you never have on your bookshelf?
The [insert the name of your diet plan here] plan diet

Which book would you give to a friend as a present?
An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears

Which other writers do you admire?
Far too long a list. For modern children’s writers, try Jaqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman, Daniel Handler, Jonathan Storud, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Horowitz, Karl Hiaasen, Marcus Sedgwick and that nice Potter lady

Which classic have you always meant to read and never got round to it?
Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray

What are your top five books of all time, in order or otherwise?
The Thousand Nights and a Night, by Unknown
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes
The Jungle Book(s), by Rudyard Kipling
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Is there a particular book or author that inspired you to be a writer?
Three authors: Michael Moorcock, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis

What is your favourite time of day to write?
In the morning

Which fictional character would you most like to have met?
Merlin, from Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur

Who, in your opinion, is the greatest writer of all time?
Sir Francis Bacon aka William Shakespeare

What is your favourite word?
Honorificabilitudinitatibus

Featured books by Dugald Steer

Other books by Dugald Steer

Knightology

Knightology

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2017

The newest edition in the Ology series takes the reader back to a time of myth and legend. The book tells of tough tournaments, castle construction and defence, weapon mastery, going on Crusades amongst other knightly pursuits. Explore exceptional knights from both history and legend. The author, Sir Lancelot Marshal (a descendent of the most famous knight - Sir William Marshal), has left the book to his squire as he sets off on a quest to discover the true burial site of King Arthur and his infamous sword Excalibur. Can the tales within the book be true? And why was the true location of King Arthur and his sword kept secret? From jewelled covers to stunningly paper-engineered interiors the Ology series is renowned for it's fantastical stories and high end production values. Over 18 million Ologies have been sold worldwide.

Egyptology: The Colouring Companion

Egyptology: The Colouring Companion

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Following the discovery of amateur Egyptologist Emily Sands' journal in 2004, the epic account of her 1926 expedition in search of the Lost Tomb of Osiris was finally revealed to the world. Miss Sands' great niece has released a new set of materials, sent to her by her aunt during the expedition, which include black-line illustrations by Nick Harris and Helen Ward - two of the artists who accompanied Emily. In this companion colouring volume to Egyptology, Miss Sands' fascinating notes are accompanied by 31 black line versions of some of the most important sketches of tombs, pyramids and ancient artefacts. Now you too can step back in time to the golden era of Egyptology, open this book and put pencil to paper. Word count: 5000

Dragonology: The Colouring Companion

Dragonology: The Colouring Companion

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

An astounding collection of imagery of those rare and fabulous creatures we call dragons. The pages brim with exquisite art and incredible facts - open the book and put pencil to paper.

Dragonology

Dragonology

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2013

It's been ten years since the long-lost research of renowned nineteenth century dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake was presented in all its eccentric glory. We're celebrating with a dramatic new look and updated logo. This limited edition is the perfect gift for an old fan or new reader to keep and treasure for a lifetime (only for those who believe in dragons, of course).

The Dragon's Eye

The Dragon's Eye

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

When Daniel and his sister Beatrice spend their summer with Dr. Ernest Drake, they find themselves propelled into the world of dragonology - the science and protection of dragon-kind. Soon the siblings are caught up in a race to find the Dragon's Eye, a jewel that has the power to reveal the identity of the true Dragon Master. But evil dragonologist Ignatius Crook will stop at nothing to claim it for himself. The first in four fire-breathing novels that are packed with dragons, magic and action-adventure.

The Dragon Diary

The Dragon Diary

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

When a mysterious illness begins to spread among wild dragons, the children are charged with delivering a strange book, the Liber Draconis, to Dr. Drake, which they believe may contain a recipe for the cure. Travelling on the fabled Dragon Express, they cross many continents, befriend a colourful collection of new dragon species and escape from the clutches of the evil Alexandra Gorynytchka for a second time. But will they reach Dr. Drake in time? The future of dragonkind hangs in the balance.

The Dragon's Prophecy

The Dragon's Prophecy

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

When the annual frost-dragon migration fails to happen, Dr. Drake and his apprentices Daniel and Beatrice realise something sinister is afoot - could dark dragonologist Alexandra Goryntchka be up to no good again? The trio head to the Lost Isle of Dragons, where they face grave danger to stop their enemy finding the Hammer of the Dragons: a legendary weapon deadly to all dragons. When they learn of an ancient prophecy foretelling a battle between the powers of good and those who would harm dragons, it seems that age-old rivalries are about to be laid bare. The fourth and final part of the fire-breathing series of novels that are packed with dragons, magic and action-adventure.

The Dragon's Apprentice

The Dragon's Apprentice

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

Daniel and Beatrice's precious dragon chick, Torcher, is kidnapped, and the evil deed appears to be the work of a mysterious and ancient organization known as Dragonsbane. The children's parents and Dr. Drake head off to protect the Society of Dragons. To add to this, there also appears to be a traitor in the inner circle of the S.A.S.D. Being able to trust no one, can the children outwit the traitor, defeat Dragonsbane and rescue Torcher before it's too late? The third in four fire-breathing novels that are packed with dragons, magic and action-adventure.

The Dragon Prophecy

The Dragon Prophecy

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2012

When the annual frost-dragon migration fails to happen, Dr Drake and his apprentices Daniel and Beatrice realise something sinister is afoot. Could dark dragonologist Alexandra Goryntchka be up to no good again?

Working with Monsters

Working with Monsters

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2009

Iceland Wyrm

Iceland Wyrm

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2008

Dragon Star

Dragon Star

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2008

A Pirateology Pack

A Pirateology Pack

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/07/2008

Dragonologists Writing Kit From the Desk of Dr Ernest Drake

Dragonologists Writing Kit From the Desk of Dr Ernest Drake

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/07/2008

Aimed at apprentice Dragonologists, this work contains notelets, envelopes, stickers and postcards, as well as guidance from the secret and ancient society of Dragonologists.

The Winged Serpent

The Winged Serpent

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2008

How to be an Explorer An Adventurer's Guide

How to be an Explorer An Adventurer's Guide

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2007

The year is 1930 and Sir Henry Hardcastle, President of the Society of Intrepid Explorers, has written a book to teach new members everything they need to know to take on the challenge of the unknown. His book contains chapters on preparing for ocean, desert, Arctic, under-the-sea, jungle and mountain adventures.

The Dragon's Eye

The Dragon's Eye

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2007

Step into the world of the Secret and Ancient Society of Dragonologists in this series of fire-breathing adventures. In 'The Dragon's Eye' join 12 year-old Daniel Cook and his sister Beatrice as they begin their dragonological apprenticeship under the watchful eye of the eccentric Dr. Ernest Drake.

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

Author: Dugald Steer, Beth Harwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Merry Christmas Little Mouse

Merry Christmas Little Mouse

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2006

This is a new title in this lovely series about a little mouse and her grandparents. One chilly winter, it snows more than ever before and Little Mouse worries that it could prevent Santa - and Gran and Grandpa - from visiting her house. Explore the meaning of love, family and friendship, along with Little Mouse, in the other titles in this gentle series. Good Night Little Mouse , Little Mouse, I Love You and Thankyou, Little Mouse are all available now.

The Toys' Easter Surprise

The Toys' Easter Surprise

Author: Dugald Steer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2004

The toys are on an Easter Egg hunt around the house and garden, when they meet the Easter Bunny and his chick helpers, and learn an important lesson about takign things that do not belong to them. A beautifully illustrated follow-up to Susannah Ronchi's titles: The Toy's Night Before Christmas and The Little Christmas Tree.

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