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All About Nancy Northcott

Reading led me to writing, as I suspect it does many authors. When I was a preschooler, my grandfather and I drew stick figures and made up stories about them, but something new and serious sparked in my imagination after I read my first super-hero comic book at age 7 (I’d talked him into buying it for me). By that time I’d progressed to stories I illustrated in crayon, mostly fairy tale retreads. Comic books led to science fiction, which joined YA romances, mysteries, and adventure stories on my reading list.

While a succession of teachers who liked realism led me to read more and write less, I never stopped inventing worlds and people in my head. College and graduate school revived my need for escapism, and I returned to writing, this time in the form of comic book fan fiction, much of it with a heavy romance slant. Encouraged by friends to write something of my own, I tried my hand at a novel. Figuring out how to write something that long led to a few fits and starts and lots more fan fiction, but I eventually finished my first novel and went on to give it siblings.

I read pretty much all genres, including comic books, but love romance and read very few books that don’t include a romantic arc. I’m also a lifelong history geek and Anglophile, so I read a lot of history. I majored in history as an undergraduate and spent a fabulous summer studying Tudor and Stuart Britain at Oxford University (as well as learning to drive on the left side and observe local customs in pubs). My college classes mostly covered who fought whom, when, why, and how, and I’ve been delighted to discover how much material is available about the ways people of different eras lived.

I enjoy all forms of wordplay (love crossword puzzles!) but consider fiction a unique window to the human heart. My books include historical romance and fantasy, paranormal romance, traditional fantasy, and romantic suspense, but all of them combine adventure and romance in the development of true love for my characters.

When I’m not blogging with the Banditas, I read, write, or try to convince my husband Prime Minister’s Question Time on C-SPAN is a really cool show.


Me with the Stargate Atlanta stargate backdrop, Dragon*Con 2010 (Yes, my eyes, unfortunately, are closed.  *sigh*)

Nancy's Fun Facts

I'm a pretty much lifelong geek girl.  I had a crush on Superboy and Robin the Boy Wonder when I was in grade school, and never mind that they existed only on four-color comic book pages.  The boys around me, not having superpowers or a cool utility belt full of gadgets, just didn't measure up.  *g*  I knew the dh and I had potential when he loaned me a Smithsonian history of comic strips he was reviewing.



From the Grab Bag

We’re in the time of year that always seems sort of disjointed to me.  We’ve had Halloween, Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks away, and Christmas, which is even more weeks away, already dominates the world of retail.  So I sort of feel as though we’re suspended between holidays.  I refuse to start Christmas shopping yet, and it’s too soon to do more than ponder Thanksgiving. Good thing there are so many books to be read while in holiday limbo.  I’m not ready start reading Christmas books yet, though I love buying short stories and anthologies as well as
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Launch Party for Warrior

Come in and make yourself comfortable!  Sven has a great array of appetizers, and we have these cool-o choices of party favors, midget laser swords or tiny blasters (in honor of Will and Audra’s favorite online game).  Pick one on the way to the bar. I am seriously celebrating–see the honking big champagne flute in my hand?–because some couples are just easier than others, and this couple were not what we might call cooperative. I was working on the book down in my Lair cave, when Will, who resembles Eric Christian Olsen of NCIS: LA with disordered brown/blond hair and
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Parting Gifts

This is one of those blogs that started out headed in one direction and then, because of things that happened, veered to another. Sunday afternoon a week ago, after Moonlight & Magnolias, I drove into downtown Atlanta to attend the memorial service for the editor of the Daily Dragon, Nebula Award winner Eugie Foster, pictured at left in a photo graciously supplied by Amy Herring.  Eugie died in late September of respiratory failure following a stem cell transplant to fight sinus cancer. The memorial was held at the Hyatt Regency, one of the host hotels for the con and the site of the
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