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!