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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.

Coming in October

Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s October already and the year is almost over!  It seems like the summer just started, but we’re rolling up on Jeanne’s favorite holiday, Halloween. We have a great month lined up in the Lair.  Here’s what’s coming! Bandita Jeanne will do her usual post on October 8 and will be hosting the annual Halloween Party in the Lair on the 31st. On October 13, USA Today bestselling author Jon Land returns with Strong Light of Day, the seventh and latest Caitlin Strong/Cort Wesley Masters thriller!  In this RT Top Pick, Caitlin faces down a man whose engineered
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The Books Under the Bed

Some authors write one book, maybe revise it once or twice, and then sell it.  Sometimes that book soars up the charts, and sometimes it falls into oblivion. There seems to be no predicting which. I don’t personally know anyone who claims to have sold the first book he or she wrote–at least, not without multiple and extensive rewrites.  My first manuscript resides in a closet (mainly because getting it under and out from under the bed is awkward) and is unlikely to ever see the light of day. But the first, previously unpublished manuscript by one of my favorite authors
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Trish’s & Nancy’s Dragon Con Adventures ~ 2015 Edition

As our regular visitors know, Trish and I head to Atlanta every Labor Day weekend to fly our geek flags and wallow in fannish energy.  And every year, we blog about it. We often run into each other, but this year, we met only once, in passing.  She was on her way to a photo op, and I was trying to get access to a panel I was supposed to cover for the Daily Dragon.  So we’ll learn about each other’s DC weekends while y’all do! I started off the holiday on Thursday morning by having breakfast with some friends
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