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Guest Author: Nancy Collins (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Please join me in welcoming author Nancy Collins here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  The first book in her Golgotham series, Right Hand Magic, will hit shelves on December 7, 2010.  You can read an excerpt here.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Right Hand Magic.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Welcome Nancy!

While the physical location of  my new urban fantasy series—Golgotham– is that of Manhattan’s old Fulton Fish Market, it’s actually based on New Orleans’ French Quarter, New York City’s  East Village/Alphabet City, and Atlanta’s Little Five Points. The one thing all these places had in common was that, despite their perceived dangerousness, I felt completely at home when I lived there. Each community embraced those who have spent most of their lives out of step with mainstream society. My new Golgotham series—starting with Right Hand Magic—is a love letter to such bohemian neighborhoods.

Those of you familiar with the Crescent City should recognize the French Market and Bourbon Street in Golgotham’s busy Fly Market and decadent Duivel Street. As difficult as it might be to imagine now, the French Quarter was once a functioning neighborhood, not just a tourist attraction. Families lived in the Quarter and there were restaurants and businesses that catered specifically to them, as opposed to the tourists. Years ago I haunted the punk clubs at Decatur and Esplanade, and enjoyed midnight meals at the Hummingbird Hotel and Grill, a 24/7 restaurant attached to a flophouse. The Hummingbird was the inspiration (in spirit) for The Two-Headed Calf, the favorite hang-out of Right Hand Magic’s protagonists, even though it’s physically based on Boston’s Union Oyster House.

When I first moved to New York from New Orleans, I lived on East 3rd, around the corner from Two Boots, a Cajun-style pizzeria. Their andouille & crawfish pizzas helped cushion the culture shock. Golgotham’s Strega Nona’s Pizza Oven is a (very) thinly disguised tip of the hat. I also lived near the Hell’s Angels NYC Chapter, which inspired the Golgotham Iron Maidens MCC. The inspiration for Hexe’s backyard was  a vacant lot at 6th and B  turned into a public garden, in the middle of which was a tower built of found objects such as scrap lumber, toys and discarded rocking horses. One of the first East Village boutiques I sought out was Tish & Snooky’s Manic Panic, ground zero for the popular fluorescent hair dyes & cosmetic line, and the inspiration behind the Kymerans’ outlandish hair color.

When I moved to Atlanta in 1999, I initially settled in Little Five Points, a section of town notorious for its bizarre boutiques, live music scene, and tattoo parlors. The character of Lafo, owner of the Two-Headed Calf, is based on a good friend of mine, co-owner of a neighborhood bar, who invited all his friends for a Thanksgiving Feast each year, where he would supply such delicacies as roasted wild boar, smoked venison, and corn dog casseroles.

I’m constantly amazed how each day I discover something new about Golgotham and those who call it home. Sometimes it feels not like I’m making things up, but instead serving as a channel for their tourism board. If you’re interested in finding out more about what Golgotham has to offer, I recommend checking out Golgotham Online.

Author Bio:

Nancy A. Collins has authored more than 15 novels, numerous short stories, and served as writer for DC Comics’ Swamp Thing for two years. She is a recipient of the HWA’s  Stoker Award and the British Fantasy Society Award, and has been nominated for the Eisner, John Campbell Memorial, World Fantasy & International Horror Guild Awards. Best known for her ground-breaking vampire character, Sonja Blue, her works include Sunglasses After Dark, the Southern Gothic collection Knuckles And Tales, & the Vamps series for Young Adults.  A native of Arkansas, she has lived everywhere from New Orleans to New York City. She currently resides in the Cape Fear area of North Carolina with her fiancé, Tommy, and their Boston Terrier, Chopper.

You can visit Nancy around the web here: Myspace | Golgotham Online


One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Right Hand Magic.

1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.

2. Giveaway ends Tuesday, December 14th at 11:59 PM EST.

3. The winner will be picked with the help of

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8 Responses to “Guest Author: Nancy Collins (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Kristen HNo Gravatar

    Great Interview! I love Nancy’s work. Cannot wait to read this Thanx for the chance!

    My Bloody Fairy Tale

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  2. Joyce FierroNo Gravatar

    I’m so excited to read this book. I am very familiar with the French Quarter as well as New York’s East village.

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  3. donnasNo Gravatar

    Sounds great. Thanks for sharing! Really looking forward to picking it up.

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  4. JoNo Gravatar

    Nancy Collins is one of my favorite authors! I did a small happy dance when I read this post, and just posted on my own blog about it, with links to your blog.

    Made me SO happy today. :) Thanks for having Nancy as a guest!

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  5. Chas @ LLLNo Gravatar

    I love everything about this title- the cover and the premise!!
    I’ve never read Nancy Collins before but this series looks like a great start!!!

    =) Thanks for the great post!!

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  6. JulieNo Gravatar

    Thanks for the contest. This book looks good.

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  7. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. LoriNo Gravatar

    I want to read this in a bad way. This is on my most anticipated list. Thanks for the opportunity.

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