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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.



Christie Kelley’s Vexing the Viscount

My guest today is a familiar face we haven’t seen lately.  Thanks to a chance encounter, Christie Kelley returns to the Lair to give us a look at her newest book. Welcome, Christie! What have you been doing since you were here last?  Unfortunately, most of my time has been spent with the day job and not writing. The company I work for bought their third biggest competitor, so my team has been stuck with the job of integrating their data to our system. Which, by the way, is how I ran into Nancy at BWI airport as we were
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The New Face of Jeanne Adams

Hi, everybody!  If you’re a regular here, you may figure you know Bandita Jeanne.  Maybe you see her as a tall blonde who writes hot, dynamic romantic suspense?  If that’s your image, it’s right…as far as it goes.  Because there’s another side to this boom girl bandit, a side that loves science fiction and fantasy.  She has masterfully blended the two with her usual brand of hot romance in her new release, The Tentacle Affaire:  A Slip Traveler Novel, which is the first in a fabulous new series.  So we thought we’d do a post that shows you more of this new aspect of hers. Sven has fabulous
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Trish’s and Nancy’s Dragon Con Adventures

Hey, everybody, it’s that time of year again, the time when Trish and I report on our Dragon Con weekend.  Last year, we ran into each other several times.  This year we saw each other only once, outside the ballrooms where she and a friend were going to one panel and I was about to go cover a Stargate one for the Daily Dragon.  Here’s a picture of the first banner in the parade.  I think the woman in the red gown and pink gloves is from Who Shot Roger Rabbit, but I couldn’t swear to it.  I have no clue
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