Nancy Northcott has written a slew of romance novels, some of which include an element of magic. At the Bay to Ocean Conference, she will be discussing the topic, “The Ups and Downs of Writing a Fight Scene.” She generously took part in a Q&A for the newsletter and website.
If you were going to set a romance on the Eastern Shore, where would it be?
The conference will be my first visit to the Eastern Shore, so I don't know much about it. I've heard it's beautiful, though, and I would take advantage of the nearness to the Chesapeake Bay and set my story somewhere near the water.
Some writers need orange soda. Some need chocolate. When you are writing on deadline, what keeps you energized?
Mostly the deadline. I usually drink some variety of tea, hot or cold depending on the season, and ice water.
What is your top tip for writers in 2018?
Persevere—in learning the craft, putting words on the page, and learning the markets. Those who give up will never see their words in print.