Interview with C.C. Naughton

Published 2018-03-03.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story, but the earliest book I remember reading was a large, illustrated book of fairy tales (I still have it!). The stories were greatly condensed, but retained the important elements. I am sure it was a huge inspiration for my love of fairy tales in particular, and fantasy stories in general.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Astrid Lindgren, Madeleine L'Engle, Lemony Snicket, Anne McCaffrey, Lois Lowry, Jane Yolen, Diane Duane, Diana Wynne Jones, Gail Carson Levine.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I currently have a Kindle Fire, because I also like using it for games. :)
How do you approach cover design?
I am fortunate to have a friend who is an amazing artist! She draws my covers for my Twinkle Dingle fairy series. Sometimes I have a specific idea for how I want something to look, but she also reads my books so she usually has a good grasp of which elements to include.

My Beneath the Birch Tree saga covers are all a photo relevant to the story surrounded by birch bark. I am going more for consistency there.
What are you working on next?
So Many Things.

1. Bud's Blog! If you liked him in Don't Piss Off The Fairies, you'll love reading his blog. It's ongoing.

2. Three books in the Twinkle Dingle series - a prequel, the next book in the main series, and a Bud Mushroom Adventure.

3. The next two books in the Beneath the Birch Tree saga.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I sew when I can--I like to make weird plush toys. I am a bit obsessed with Stardew Valley at the moment, so that takes a lot of my free time. I also like to read, I have over 800 e-books on my Kindle.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I actually have a copy of it still (I dictated, but I have the original index card it was written on). You can read it here:
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Books by This Author

Bud Mushroom and the Missing Buttermilk
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,030. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Bud Mushroom, Useful Fairy, anticipates floating in a Ginormous Hole full of Delicious Buttermilk when he discovers the Buttermilk has Mysteriously Vanished. Dejected by his Enormous Loss, he helps his friends with Unusual Tasks to Take His Mind Off Of Things. Eventually, he finds something even more amazing than the Buttermilk he lost, and is reminded of the value of friendship.
A Fairy Excellent Adventure
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,830. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Flutterglow is a newly Growed-Up fairy, with a brand-new dress, her own house, and an Essential Job. Along with her friends, Cloverflower and Bud Mushroom, she is sent on a Very Important Mission for the Queen herself, in spite of being the Youngest Fairy in all of Twinkle Dingle. Will they succeed on their Mission? Or will they--as the Queen expects--Simply Mess Up Everything?
Out of the Ashes
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,050. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fairy tales
Ásta's life is never the same after she discovers her new step-mother is a witch. More concerned for her new step-sister than herself, she sets out to find a way for them to both escape the witch -- only to find herself in mortal danger. With the help of a mysterious wisewoman, Ásta discovers a way to protect her step-sister and the man she’s come to love.
Fairy CrossingS
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,270. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Queen Sparkleberry is in a Kerfluffle. Will the Unexpected Visitor to Twinkle Dingle bring her Endless Amusement? Or will he threaten Twinkle Dingle itself? Why is he so Dangerous, and More Importantly, how much buttermilk can Bud actually drink? A stand-alone sequel to 'Don't Piss Off The Fairies'.
Bud Mushroom and the Nefarious Trousers
Price: Free! Words: 8,640. Language: American English. Published: November 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Bud Mushroom, A Useful Fairy in the Employ of the Queen of Twinkle Dingle, has been captured by Pixies! Does he escape? Can he save Twinkle Dingle? Will he Defeat the Nefarious Trousers? You'll have to read it to find out!
Don't Piss Off The Fairies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,070. Language: American English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An offbeat fairy tale about a spirited girl, her enigmatic grandmother, an incredible forest, baffling quests, and adorable (but also slightly creepy) fairies!