Nancy Blanton

About me

Nancy Blanton is author of the historical novel Sharavogue, winner of the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award. Set in 17th century Ireland and the West Indies, this is the story of an Irish peasant girl who vows to destroy General Oliver Cromwell during his march across Ireland to crush a violent rebellion, and the courage and spirit she summons to overcome obstacles and fulfill her destiny.

Nancy also wrote and illustrated a children’s book, The Curious Adventure of Roodle Jones, coo-authored Heaven on the Half Shell: The Story of the Northwest’s Love Affair with the Oyster, and oversaw publication of High Tides and Tailwinds: The Story of the Port of Seattle, 1911 – 2011.

She’s been a newspaper reporter, public relations specialist, managing editor, and corporate communications manager. She received the Association for Women In Communications founder’s award, and the Port of Seattle Women’s Legacy of Leadership award.

From my website

What is a novel, anyway?

As NaNoWriMo approaches (that is, National Novel Writing Month, November 1-30), I thought it a good time to answer a question a dear friend asked of me recently: What is a novel, actually? What defines it compared to other books? Well, I know what it is, but I have never…

Historical research goes anorexic

One of the characters in the novel I’m writing now will sicken and die within a year. It’s sad, I know, but life expectancy in the 17th century averaged at around 35 years, so death tends to play a big role in stories from that time. Cause of death data…

Research: spiritual and sneaky

Bestselling author James Patterson says, with the vast availability of content on the Internet today there are “no excuses” for not doing research when writing a novel. And I say, why would you bother writing without it? I cannot see the thrill of writing pure fantasy that comes only from…

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