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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.

The Joy of Making

From the time we’re small, we start trying to shape the world around us.  Our efforts then are usually simple, a stack of blocks or a pile of sand.  From there, some of us graduated to using a sheet and a couple of chairs to make a “fort.”  Or piling up branches outdoors to do the same. The dh had a toy bulldozer he used to make paths in the sandbox, and the boy had an elaborate set of sand molds that went to the beach with us.  I remember being so excited, at age 5, to discover that the hose would
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C.L. Wilson & The Winter King

My guest today is USA Today and New York Times bestselling author C. L. Wilson. I’ve been eagerly awaiting her next fantasy romance release, The Winter King. Publishers Weekly chose that book as one of the Most Anticipated Reads for Spring 2014. C.L. will chat about The Winter King with us today. Welcome, C.L.! Both The Fading Lands series and The Winter King are set in fantasy worlds. How are they similar and different? Well, both are similar in that both worlds feature magic at the heart of the story, and both feature multiple races & societies of people with
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The Weekend Agenda

We had a hitch with the blog this morning, but we’re ready to roll now.  It’s the weekend, and for different people, that means different things.  My neighbors are having yard sale, for example, while the dh is planning to work in the garden and the boy is heading to a movie with friends. When I was growing up, Saturday was housework day.  We changed the beds, dusted, vacuumed, did laundry, and cleaned the bathrooms.  No fun stuff was allowed until all this was done.  I’ve occasionally suggested to the boy, when he was bored, that whatever he was doing
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