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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.

Tiny Treats for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! We’re celebrating with another free Tiny Treats anthology.  This one is officially Tiny Treats 2: a Saint Patrick’s Day Collection.  Like the Christmas version, this collection was compiled and edited by Trish Milburn. My story, “Green Beer,” was inspired by the amazement I felt the first time I beheld such a thing, on a long-ago St. Patrick’s Day in New York city.  Until then, it had never occurred to me that people might change the color of beer.  Brody Hamilton, the mage archer who is the story’s hero, thinks it’s kind of strange. But it’s also
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Southern Insanity

I’ve lived my entire life in the American South.  My mother’s family had been here for generations before I was born.  So I’m familiar with southern eccentricities.  I don’t know that we have more of them than any other region, but I do think we’re more open about them. We’re not really keen, however, on having people from other places comment on our particular peculiarities.  That’s kind of like going to visit a neighbor you scarcely know and saying  something like, “Wow, your Uncle Fred….He’s really cracked, huh?” But there’s one thing I suspect most sane southerners would readily admit: We
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Ruth Kaufman’s Winners

Drum roll, please!  We have the winners of Ruth Kaufman’s At His Command!   The winner of the inspirational version is… Deb!           The historical version goes to… Oberwon Wonch! The winners should email Ruth directly: Ruth J Kauf AT aol DOT com (no spaces) to claim their prizes. Congrats to the winners, and thanks to everyone who stopped by!

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