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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.

Hanging Around the Lair

Thanks to everyone who stopped by yesterday.  I hope you enjoyed the day, whether or not you celebrated Thanksgiving! Since yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US, of course, today is that frenzied day of marathon shopping known as Black Friday.  The name comes from the goal of retail stores to make enough that one day to put them in the black for the year. Yeah.  I won’t be helping.  I’m all for businesses making money, but I hate crowds, especially frenzied ones. I may venture out to our local independent bookstore, though probably not as it’s in a shopping center.
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Thanksgiving Ramblings 2015

Well, delicious aromas are wafting from the Lair kitchen.  The cabana boys have the table set, and the gladiators and hockey hunks are hauling the Christmas decorations down from the attic.  Meanwhile, the banditas have scattered to spend the day in our own ways. For me, Thanksgiving and Christmas are about family and friends.  This year fits that pattern. The boy is home from school, and some friends are joining us for dinner this evening. Last year was different, though.  Last year, the boy was studying in Barcelona, Spain, where there is no Thanksgiving break. He wasn’t going to be able to
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Terri Osburn Talks Heroines

My guest today is Terri Osborn, the author of the bestselling Anchor Island Series. Terri writes small town contemporary romance with heart, hope, and lots of humor. Her new Ardent Springs Series launched in April with HIS FIRST AND LAST, and this month she’s celebrating the release of OUR NOW AND FOREVER, the second book in the series. Welcome back, Terri! Hello, my friends in Romance Bandit Land, and thank you to Nancy Northcott for inviting me to hang out today. I celebrated the release of my sixth book a week ago today, which is the second book in my new Ardent
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