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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 Last Gasp of Summer

Yesterday was one of those summer days we just hate around here, hot and muggy.  Oppressive.  Today, though, was nice.  The air felt light.  There was even a breeze, and the temperatures were down about 10 degrees from yesterday.  It was almost like, well, fall. Now Dragon Con is upon us, ending on Labor Day.  While summer doesn’t officially end until September 22, Labor Day feels like it draws the curtain over summer and its freedom.  Maybe that’s because school used to start right after Labor Day, not in August like it does now.  For whatever reason, Dragon Con itself has become
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The Winter King Prize Package Winner

To celebrate the launch of The Winter King, C. L. Wilson is giving away a prize package including a signed copy of Crown of Crystal Flame (Book 5 of the Tairen Soul series), plus aWinter King excerpt booklet, bookmark & coll card. The winner of the package is…   Barbara Elness!   Congratulations, Barbara, and thanks to everyone who stopped by!  Barbara, please send your snail mail contact info to nancy AT nancynorthcott DOT com.  

Jesse Hayworth on Reunion Romances: We Should Totally Hang Out…Not!

My guest today is a familiar face in two different incarnations.  As Jesse Hayworth she writes terrific contemporary Western romances.  As Jessica Andersen, she gave us the dynamite paranormal Nightkeepers series and several great romantic suspense adventures.  Today she’s going to chat with us about what happens when exes reconnect.  Welcome, Jesse, and take it away!  Howdy! Jesse Hayworth here, and I’m delighted to be back at the Romance Bandits to celebrate a new Book Birthday. Whee! *Confetti.* *Party horns.* Yes, indeedy, Harvest at Mustang Ridge is available today! This is the third Mustang Ridge book, but it can be
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