Message From The Author

Nancy Northcott

Book Title: RENEGADE
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

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Author's Message

My first crush was tall, dark, handsome, strong, noble, and kind. He was also an alien. I had a serious crush on Superboy, a native of the distant and imaginary planet Krypton. We spent a lot of time together, him on the pages of Superboy and Adventure Comics, me poring over those pages. As you might imagine, this was not a very satisfying relationship, even by crush standards. Girls with crushes on real guys at least had the chance to exchange an actual word or two with the guys.

I did eventually move on, grow up, and find a wonderful man who was actually a living being from this planet. He’s blond rather than dark, and he’s also willing to carry home a suitcase full of research books, even though he can’t fly and doesn’t wear a cape. Yet memories of that early crush stayed with me, and they helped to shape Griffin Dare, the hero of my new paranormal romance, Renegade.

The heart of any romance, for me, is the hero-heroine relationship. The hero has to be a man I could fall in love with, and the heroine has to be the kind of woman I could admire. Looking back at the Boy of Steel, I realize he has a lot in common with romance heroes. Some of them don’t start off demonstrating kindness, compassion, or even courtesy, but there’s always a hint that they possess those traits, which do emerge by the happy ending.

Griff is tall, dark, handsome, strong, noble, and kind, as the Boy of Steel was. He even has special powers, though his are magical, but Griff isn’t on the side of law enforcement. He’s a fugitive accused of murder and treason by his fellow mages. Living in hiding, he sees little prospect of bringing the real traitor to justice. He can’t stop trying, though, any more than the average superhero would. He refuses to give up his quest. 

When a desperate, magical call for help reaches him, he hesitates before responding. This could be a trap. The people he’s hunting know he isn’t the rogue they’ve painted him as. They would know a mage in dire straits could lure him into the open. Yet he translocates to help the mage in need, Valeria Banning, the heroine.

Like Wonder Woman (who would’ve been a great match for Superboy if she were a little younger and whose hair color, coincidentally, was close to my dark brown), Val is strong, brave, and devoted to the pursuit of justice. She takes a highly skeptical view of a fugitive’s claims, but Griff just saved her life so she agrees to hear what he has to say.

What he tells her sounds far-fetched, but it has enough plausibility for her to investigate. Unfortunately, her investigation alerts the wrong person. She and Griff must flee for their lives. But she demonstrates the courage, fairness, and loyalty I hope I would in her place, and she gives her heart to a man who understands the importance of honor and trust and determination.

He’s a worthy successor, at least for me, to the Boy of Steel.

- Nancy Northcott


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Anonymous's Comment

Submitted by Nancy N. on December 4, 2012 - 6:21pm.

Hi, Anonymous--I'm glad you loved Val and Griff. Thanks for saying so out here in public.

I agree about the superhero gadgets. They had the coolest stuff. Batgirl was a particular favorite of mine, maybe because she was a librarian and thus a reader.

Defined by Super Heroes

Submitted by Nancy N. on December 3, 2012 - 1:48pm.

Hi, Anonymous--Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I'm surprised to see how those early influences linger. I remember some of those old B&W series, and I think that's where I get some of my fondness for police procedurals and detectives.

Can't Wait to Read Renegade!

Submitted by Anna Campbell on December 2, 2012 - 1:45pm.

Nancy, lovely to see you here. Hi, all you RTers! Nancy, as you know, I've ordered Renegade and it's making its way here. If it hasn't arrived by the time I take my short Christmas break, I'll have words to say to Santa (although really it's the post office service I should be haranguing!). I love the sound of this book and the more I hear about it, the more eager I am to read about Griff and Val. They sound like such wonderful characters. Congratulations on your debut!

Can't Wait to Read Renegade

Submitted by Nancy N. on December 3, 2012 - 1:50pm.

Anna, thank you! I hope Renegade will arrive in time for your holiday and that you'll enjoy it. Writing it was a blast.

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