Debra Daugherty


Debra Daugherty is from Central Illinois, Land of Lincoln. Her country home is built on ground that has been in her family for six generations, since 1892. Although she doesn’t have any children, she has several nieces and nephews, and is “Mama” to two dogs, Honey, an American Stratford Terrier whom she rescued from the animal shelter, and a Chihuahua named CeCe. When she writes in her home office, Honey is at her feet, snoring. Both dogs are great listeners when she reads her stories aloud while working on revisions.

Debra’s love of writing began in grade school, and she credits her teachers for encouraging her. After graduating from high school, she worked as a clerk typist, but did take some night courses at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. When not writing children stories, Debra loves to spend time with her family, browse through antique shops, and travel. She’s been fortunate to have visited London, Paris, Rome and Edinburgh and these cities are now settings for her Young Adult mystery series, her work-in-progress. She’s also kissed the Blarney Stone, but says she was full of blarney before she kissed the stone.

Debra is a member of SCBWI, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and belongs to a writers group, The Scribes. Publishing credits include CALAMITY CAT, 2013, MeeGenius/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and THE DRAGON’S RING, 2016, Clean Reads/Astraea Press. She’s also had two short stories published in Guardian Angel Kids’e-zine, LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR! and THE MYSTERY OF THE GHOSTLY THIEF. In 2015 her children’s story, HEART OF STONE, won first place in the Litchfield Student Educational Foundation’s writing contest.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My writing desk is cluttered with scribbled notes, pens, post-its, a ruler a file box, along with my desktop computer, phone and a stapler. It's a wonder I find anything.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am still living on the land where I grew up, although in a newer home. The old homestead was torn down in 1990. There's a lot of family history here, deep family roots, as the ground has been in my family since 1892. That's when my great-grandparents bought the property. I love living in Central Illinois, in the country, yet only a few miles from the capital, Springfield. I've never thought about my environment influencing my writing, but perhaps it has. I enjoy simple joys, beautiful sunsets, the love of pets and closeness of family, and maybe these pleasures spill over into my words.
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The Dragon's Ring Book Trailer
This is the book trailer for The Dragon's Ring by Debra Daugherty. Videos by O.


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