D.C (Darren) McNaughton (@DCMcNaughton) is a writer and fantasy illustrator living near Detroit, Michigan. My specialties are dystopias, utopias, long hair, tattoos, incredible people with unusual mental disorders (who live awesome lives, regardless), LGBTQ people both sweet and morally-gray. And my favorite: beautiful, brilliant anti-heroes.

Polyamorous and genderless (he/they/she), I spend most of my life in a fantasy world, writing and oil painting whenever possible. Though I am so far unpublished, I have been querying completed manuscripts in hopes of soon finding a literary agent who is willing to accept me and all my stories. Reading my projects section you might notice my ambitions are unrealistic, but that’s okay. I enjoy every second of my personal hell, and wouldn’t give it up for anything.

I currently have two finished manuscripts, one manuscript that needs 2-3 more drafts, and several others in progress. I am also currently working on a series of short SFF stories.

While waiting to find my place in the publishing industry, I write and write, hoping to gollygosh someone out there notices. Between hours of writing, I illustrate scenes and characters from my books. If I’m not doing either of those things, I host a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, raise chickens, hug two sweet Maine Coon cats, and live on a growing homestead with my five live-in partners.

Favorite Writers:
Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Diana Gabaldon, T.S. Eliot, Lovecraft, Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Gerald Brom and William Blake.

I do still paint/illustrate from time to time, but hardly ever for work. Most of my time spent painting is for my books, or to help other aspiring artists. Always feel free to contact me about art tips, but please never contact me looking for professional work, as I’m far too busy writing these days. Watch my Twitter account (@DCMcNaughton) for any openings.

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