D.C. (Darren) McNaughton (@DCMcNaughton) is an aspiring author and (once) professional fantasy illustrator who finally decided to get her act together and start believing she could be the writer she always wanted to be.

For a long time, D.C. didn’t think she had the talent to spend her life writing full time, but two years ago she finally gave up her job as a full-time illustrator to really work at becoming a published author. Every day is hard — usually harder than the last — but learning how to write successfully has been worth every tear and every unearned dollar. D.C. believes her characters have always been worth it. She’d do just about anything for them.

If she can get over being a perfectionist, D.C. McNaughton just might have her first two books finished and out for query by August 2019.

If you read my ‘projects’ section you might notice that I am hilariously ambitious for an unpublished writer. Do realize that I know that I’m crazy and take full responsibility for my actions. See, I’m penniless because I stupidly left my job for the love of fictional characters and now I write as much as possible to make up for the lack of said job.

Understand that my stories mean everything to me and the last thing I want is to put all of my money on one project and have it fail. The lives of my books and characters are fueled by one another. As someone looking to debut, it’s hard to know which book will be the one to ‘start it all.’ My books and characters rely on one another as much as they rely on me. That’s why I work on so much.

It takes a village.

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

A Few Personal Tidbits:
When I’m not writing, I’m taking care of 70+ chickens. I love cooking — I think I’m pretty damn good at it. Love red wine, love chocolate. Between my family and I, we have one dog, (soon) two cats, two horses, and a pony. I have an indoor hen who thinks she’s a rooster. Her name is Dusty and she is a perfect chicken.

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.

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