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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.

Not Just For Kids (Part 2)

Last month, you may remember, we chatted about picture books.  This month we’re going to round off our discussion with books for older children, say fourth grade or so and up.  These are favorites of mine, and I hope you’ll share favorites of yours. Two of the books on today’s list won the Newbery Medal.  The Newbery is named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newberyand goes to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” in a particular year.  It’s awarded by the Association of Library Services for Children, a division of the American Library Association.  A complete list
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Not Just For Kids (Part 1)

All across the US, people are mobilizing.  Some are going to visit family or friends, others are going off on a holiday, and others are preparing for the onslaught of guests.  For some reason, thinking of this reminded me of when various cousins came to visit, or we went to visit them, when I was growing up. Some years back, when I was well into adulthood, I received a wonderful picture book about such visits as a gift.  Thinking of all the people traveling this week reminded me of it, so I checked to see whether it was still in
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October Booty!

I have two prizes to announce today. The first is a copy of Jon Land’s Strong Darkness, and it goes to…   Flchen1 The second is winner’s choice of a signed copy of Sentinel or a signed copy of Warrior.  The winner is… Amy Conley Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who stopped by.  Please send your snail mail contact info to Nancy (at) Nancy Northcott (dot) com.  With no spaces or parens, of course.  Amy, I need to know which book you’d rather have.

  • this-old-homicide
  • A Perfect Catch
  • A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle
  • Christmas with a SEAL cover
  • Her Christmas Earl: A Regency Novella
  • Warrior_FINAL_3
  • Tiara Wars
  • A SEAL's Fantasy cover
  • What a Duke Dares
  • The Whisky Laird's Bed
  • A Perfect Trade final
  • Baby Steps
  • The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
  • BOund by Moonlight
  • Sentinel_Final
  • Vanished final Bestselling w quote
  • Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00036]
  • marrying the cowboy
  • second-chance-seduction-150
  • A Cowboy in Her Stocking
  • A Perfect Distraction
  • Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00009]
  • Close to the Edge final front only
  • Love in the Land of Lakes
  • historical romantic thrillers box 1
  • bigler county box 2
  • The Patrician final 800 by 500 (3)
  • Mad About the Earl
  • Deadly Little Lies
  • Heiress in Love