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Friday, November 9, 2012
3:00 AM | Posted by Terri Osburn | | Edit Post
Welcome to another Fabulous Interview with the Fabulous Captain Jack-
Bosun: Not today, Jack.
CJS: Did you… But… It's an interview day.
Bosun: Yes it is.
CJS: And I do the interviews. It's in my contract.
Bosun: Jack, have you ever known pirates to sign a contract?
CJS: *starts to speak then screws up his face* But Hellie said-
Bosun: Hellie lied.
CJS: She wouldn't. *Bosun raises a brow* True. She would. And it was on a cocktail napkin. *taps chin* But I've been washing the rum mugs for months now. She tricked me?!
Bosun: *patting Jack on the shoulder* Afraid so, buddy. But you don't want to do this one anyway.
CJS: I don’t? Why don't I?
Bosun: Nasty creatures involved in this one. Ghouls, and not the cute Halloween type. These things have claws, they stink, they fill people with venom, and feed off them.
CJS: *making a puckered face* Now that you mention it, I do have somewhere else to be.
Bosun: Thought so. *watches Jack prance off – turns to the audience* Hello, everyone! Today we're welcoming a long time friend of the crew who is finally getting her turn on the shelves. And it's about damn time if you ask us. Give a warm rum-soaked welcome to Nancy Northcott!
*crowd hoops and hollars*
Nancy: Thanks for having me on the Revenge today!
Bosun: Thanks for joining us today, Nancy. I am so excited to chat about your debut novel RENEGADE. First off, tell us about the book.
Nancy: Thank you, Bosun. The tagline for the book is She enforces the rules. He breaks them all. Now they are each other’s only hope.
I think the simplest way to give you specifics is to share the blurb, so here it is:
As the mage council's sheriff for the southeastern United States, Valeria Banning doesn't just take her job seriously, she takes it personally. So when a notorious fugitive and supposed traitor risks his life to save hers, she has to wonder why. To find the answer, she’ll have to put everything on the line, starting with her heart.
As a mage, Griffin Dare is sworn to protect innocents from dark magic, which is how he finds himself fighting side by side with the beautiful Valeria Banning. But when the council finds out the two have been working together, the pair must run for their lives--from the law, the threat of a ghoul takeover, and a possible council mole.
Bosun: Talk about opposites attracting! There's some gruesome stuff in this book, Nancy. I have to tell you, that excerpt I read on your website made me cringe more than once. Why ghouls?
Nancy: I wanted the book to be dark, and that meant having antagonists who were a serious threat. Using ghouls, which are not as well known as vampires or zombies, let me adapt the concept to fit what I wanted. Ghouls are dark magic users who can use their retractable talons to siphon magic or life energy or to rip their prey’s flesh. They’re strong enough to pose a threat to the mages, and I think the villain has to have enough power to pose a true threat to the hero.
Bosun: Well, if you're into that sort of thing. *shivers* (Kidding! I can't create villains so go you!) Regardless of the foul creatures, the voice totally sucked me in. (No ghoulish pun intended.) I know you've been a member of the Romance Bandits for quite some time so I'm guessing this isn't your first manuscript? Have you always written this kind of story?
Nancy: My first manuscript was traditional fantasy, and I’ve written others featuring characters with special gifts. I’ve enjoyed writing straight historicals, and I read a lot of books that have no paranormal elements, but I like the possibilities they offer for playing with the story.
Bosun: Your website shows another book coming in this series. Can you tell us about that one?
Nancy: Guardian is a second chance at love story. It revolves around mage physician Stefan Harper from Renegade and Camellia “Mel” Wray, the Mundane (or non-mage) FBI agent he once hoped to marry. They meet again when a friend of hers is murdered and Stefan is called in to consult about a strange toxin in what’s left of the victim’s blood. Their old attraction quickly rekindles, but his secrets and her fears still stand in their way.
Guardian is scheduled for May 2013. In March, though, is a novella, Protector. It’s about wildland firefighter Edie Lang and helicopter pilot Josh Campbell, who are both mages. They think their one-night stand three years ago wrote “The End” to their mutual attraction until they meet again while fighting a wildfire. Then they’re forced to admit they feel more than mere attraction, but they have differences that make them fear risking their hearts.
Bosun: You certainly know how to create powerful stories. And I love that she's the firefighter. Has the process of launching your first book turned out to be what you expected? Has there been an element you didn't expect as a newly published author? Something you wish you'd known going in?
Nancy: Being a blog guest is a lot of fun, but I’ve been surprised to find that it isn’t as easy as I assumed it was. Answering questions clearly, but briefly, and choosing an excerpt are tougher than I expected.
Bosun: On that note, let's do the fun stuff. Plotter or pantser?
Nancy: Plotter with a heavy dose of pantser.
Bosun: Alpha or Beta? (In both writing and reading.)
Nancy: Depends which I’m reading or writing at the time. I can go with either, depending on the story’s circumstances.
Bosun: Rum or vodka?
Bosun: Paper or plastic. Wait, that's not right. I mean paper or digital (as in reading preference?)
Nancy: Both. I enjoy the ebooks I own, but an electronic reader always requires a recharge. Having once spent two weeks without power after a hurricane, I want to be sure I always have something new in a readable format.
Bosun: Excellent and diplomatic answers all. Now let's turn the tables. Do you have a question for the crew or should we just send drinks all round and let the party begin?
Nancy: What’s the most heart-wrenching moment in a book or movie you love?
Thanks very much to all the crew (and Cap’n Jack) for letting me celebrate Renegade’s launch with you.
Bosun: Excellent question! Get on it, crew. And one lucky commenter will win a digital download of RENEGADE. (Nook or Kindle (US/Canada only), your choice!)
I almost forgot! For fun, check out the book trailer for Renegade!