About Us

Author's Bio:

Debra Daugherty is a Central Illinois author who enjoys traveling, browsing in antique shops. and spending time with her family. She doesn’t have any children, but is Mama to Honey, an American Stratford Terrier whom she rescued from the animal shelter.

She joined SCBWI, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, in 2012, and is now their Illinois chapter’s network representative for the Springfield area. Her writing group, the Scribes, meet monthly at a local library, or via zoom, for critiques and writing programs.

Debra’s publishing credits include Calamity Cat (2013, MeeGenius/HMH); The Dragon’s Ring (2016, Clean Reads); The Memory Jar (2023, Young Dragons Press); two children’s stories in Guardian Angel Kid's e-zine; and a short story in Offbeat Reads’ anthology, Adventures on the Go, Book 2, (2021). Her short story, Heart of Stone, won first place in the Litchfield Student Educational Foundation writing contest in 2015.

In April 2021, Debra signed a contract with Young Dragons Press for three picture books. She is represented by Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

Something most people don’t know about Debra--she’s kissed the Blarney Stone.

Author Visits: Debra is available for author visits, in person within 30 miles of Springfield, Illinois, and by zoom or Skype. Please contact her at ddaugherty329@gmail.com for information on her fees and for contract details.


History of project

Besides being a member of SCBWI, I belong to a local writers group called Scribes. We meet once a month for support and to get critiques of our work. Our meeting place is usually The Centrum Cafe in Springfield, IL. At our last meeting we set goals for ourselves, and one of my goals was to have an online presence. This is the beginning of fulfulling that goal.

Our users

I hope with my blog to be able to connect with other writers of children stories. I want us to share ideas and comments, and to provide help and support for each other as we strive to have our books published and our voices heard.