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Author N.C. Northcott was born in London and now resides on a plateau near a river with two cats and Yorkshire Terrier. They love writing urban and historical fantasy but also dabble in horror, steampunk, science fiction, mystery/thriller and romantic comedy. An avid photographer who also dabbles in painting and procrastination, their next project is an urban fantasy about a transgender sorceress set in modern-day America, near Boston. As they just invested in a magical electric bread maker, there will be somewhat less writing and considerably more sandwiches in their future.
Their story, “The Siren and Bowery Jack” appears in Haunts & Hellions: A Gothic Romance Anthology.
NTK: How did you become interested in Gothic Literature?
NCN: I read Dracula when I was younger.
NTK: How do you define “romance”?
NCN: Where love is a primary motivator of the story, not just some side gig for the heroine.
NTK: What is your favorite Gothic horror story?
NTK: Do you have a favorite Gothic horror movie? What attracted you to this film?
NCN: The Others with Nicole Kidman. It has a cool (though obvious) twist and isn’t too shock-and-guts in terms of its horror.
NTK: Are your characters based on real people?
NCN: The protagonists… no. But some of the other characters were real people, historically.
NTK: Do you use an outline to write? Or do you write by the seat of your pants?
NCN: Yes. I have used an outline with great success but now tend to write a list of scenic/plot needs and then write from the seat of my pants. An excellent book for people like me is Take Your Pants Off by Libby Hawker. Reading it changed how I write, for the better.
NTK: Do your characters have free will? Or do you decide their fate?
NCN: In this story they have free will in the moments, but because the story had to go somewhere specific, I was the puppet master all the way. That’s not always the case with my novels. A key villain in my current WIP suddenly became a heroine and I had to change her name and back story.
NTK: What are you most afraid of?
NCN: Losing my animals (two cats and a dog) and my home.
NTK: What is your favorite romance?
NCN: Movie: You’ve Got Mail. Novel: Replay by Ken Grimwood.
NTK: Who is your favorite horror author?
NCN: Stephen King or Dean Koontz.
NTK: What does the future hold for you? What books, short stories, or works do Horror Addicts have to look forward to?
NCN: So so much! I just finished draft two of an urban fantasy set in Boston, am editing my rom-com set in Toronto, am researching a scifi ecothriller set on another planet, my agent is trying to find homes for one scifi novel, one literary thriller, and one mystery series. Oh, and I applied to go to the moon on SpaceX’s Starship in 2023 with Yusaka Maezawa. Dream big or stay home!
The The Inspiration Behind “The Siren and Bowery Jack.”
By N.C. Northcott
“The Siren and Bowery Jack” was inspired by the long history of misogyny and male violence against women and my desire to speak out against it. I wanted to write a steampunk love story about a literal monster/creature who wasn’t in fact the true monster of the story. I also wanted a VERY strong woman whose powers were underestimated by the men around her, a woman (like all women back then) who was seen as nothing more than a disposable tool by the users and violators who ran the world in New York in the late 19th century.
I don’t believe fiction should have happy endings for the villains. No trials, no sneaky lawyers, no redemption. Their ending should be as dark and violent as their lives and their actions. Eye-for-an-eye stuff. I want the reader to fist pump when they read the end of my story, to be terrified for the protagonist all along, but then to cheer when the antagonist meets their end. Of course, the reader should also feel guilty for feeling that way, because we’re not supposed to be happy when a person is punished without due process and proper legal representation. Maybe sometimes evil should be eradicated. In fiction we can do that.
With regards to the romance, I wanted a love so strong that it transcended species, with a mythological creature/monster loved so much by a human who didn’t care about their differences. Of course, my heroine is humanoid, so the relationship breaks fewer taboos. I’m not ready to write a minotaur/human love story, yet.
Writing and researching this story has now inspired me to plan and plot an entire novel about 19th century human trafficking in the tenements of New York City.
Author N.C. Northcott (they/them) was born in London and now resides on a plateau near a river with two cats and Yorkshire Terrier. They love writing urban and historical fantasy but also dabble in horror, steampunk, science fiction, mystery/thriller and romantic comedy. An avid photographer who also dabbles in painting and procrastination, their next project is an urban fantasy about a transgender sorceress set in modern-day America, near Boston. As they just invested in a magical electric bread maker, there will be somewhat less writing and considerably more sandwiches in their future.
Welcome Horror Addicts, to the Haunts and Hellions Book Event Calendar. We have many delightful events planned for your enjoyment and edification. Be sure to join us for interviews, tales of inspiration, excerpts, and parties galore! We would be most honored by your presence.
|1||31 Days of #GothicRomance on Instagram||1-31||https://www.instagram.com/horroraddicts.netpress/|
|13||Press Release for Haunts &Hellions||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|14||Haunts & Hellions Book Event Calendar||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|15||Haunts & Hellions Inspiration for the Book||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|16||Chilling Chat: Author Lucy Blue||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|16||Excerpt “The House Must Fall”||all day||https://www.rlmerrillauthor.com/rocknromanceblog|
|17||The Inspiration Behind “Left Behind”||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|18||Excerpt “Hungry Masses”||all day||http://www.emmyzmadrigal.com|
|19||The Inspiration Behind “The Siren and Bowery Jack”||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|20||Excerpt “Left Behind”||all day||emzbox.com|
|21||Chilling Chat: Author Emerian Rich||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|22||HorrorAddict.net #194, Haunts and Hellion Podcast||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|22||Facebook Party Announced||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|23||Excerpt “She Woke at Midnight”||all day||https://nachingkassa.wordpress.com/|
|23||Chilling Chat: Author B.F. Vega||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|24||Chilling Chat: Author N.C. Northcott||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|24||Facebook Party, Day one||8a-8p|
|25||Chilling Chat: Author Kevin Ground||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|25||Facebook Party, Day two||8a-8p|
|26||Chilling Chat: Author R.L. Merrill||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|26||Facebook Party, Day three||8a-8p|
|27||Chilling Chat: Author Rowan Hill||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|27||Facebook Party, Day four||8a-8p|
|28||Chilling Chat: Author Daniel R. Robichaud||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|28||Facebook Party, Day five, winners announced||3:00p|
|29||Excerpt “Companions”||all day||http://www.daphnestrasert.com|
|29||Chilling Chat: Author Tara Vanflower||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|30||The Inspiration Behind “She Woke at Midnight”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|31||Chilling Chat: Author Emily Blue||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|1||Excerpt “With Red Eyes Gleaming”||all day||https://consideringstories.wordpress.com/|
|1||The Inspiration Behind “Californio Fog”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|2||Chilling Chat: Author Daphne Strasert||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|3||Excerpt “Lady of Graywing Manor”||all day||http://blueswriterthoughts.blogspot.com/|
|3||The Inspiration Behind “Companions”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|4||Watch Party Announced||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|5||Excerpt “Love Never Dies”||all day||http://writerrowanhill.com/|
|6||Chilling Chat: Author Naching T. Kassa||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|7||Watch Party Reminder||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|8||Excerpt “Maudaleen”||all day||http://www.kevinground.com/|
|8||Watch Party 6pm, Facebook||6:00p||https://www.facebook.com/events/271539928045528|
|9||The Inspiration Behind “With Red Eyes Gleaming”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|10||Excerpt “The Siren and Bowery Jack”||all day||www.TheTaoOfTim.com|
|11||Chilling Chat: Author Emmy Z. Madrigal||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|12||The Inspiration Behind “The House Must Fall”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|13||Excerpt “Blood and Dust”||all day||http://emzbox.com|
|13||Haunts and Hellions released on Kindle||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|14||The Inspiration Behind “Maudaleen”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|15||Excerpt “Californio Fog”||all day||https://bookhoarding.wordpress.com/|
|16||The Inspiration Behind “Hungry Masses”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|17||Excerpt “My Ain True Love”||all day||https://lucybluecastle.wordpress.com/|