Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am excited to introduce to you Cindy Vallar. As a person of Scottish heritage (the clan McCay), I LOVE almost anything Scottish. Cindy’s debut novel is a historical novel set in Scotland. She also writes about maritime piracy. I have a brother who is an expert on maritime history and who was married in the Maritime Museum chapel in New York City. It’s always fun to find someone with so many common bonds. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Cindy Vallar is the author of The Scottish Thistle, her debut historical novel about the Camerons and MacGregors during Scotland’s Rising of 1745, and Odin’s Stone, a romantic short story of how the Lord of the Isles settled the medieval feud between the MacKinnons and MacLeans on the Isle of Skye. In 2005 she received the first Friend of Clan Cameron Award from the Clan Cameron Association North America.
A retired librarian, Cindy is also the editor of Pirates and Privateers (www.cindyvallar.com/pirates.
html), a monthly column on the history of maritime piracy. She is a freelance editor and a workshop presenter, as well as a reviewer and columnist for the Historical Novel Society’s Historical Novels Review. She belongs to the Historical Novel Society, Clan Cameron Association of North American, Scottish Clans of North Texas, National Maritime Historical Society, Laffite Society, EPIC, and the Louisiana Historical Society.
She invites you to visit her award-winning website, Thistles & Pirates (http://www.cindyvallar.com/), which includes an excerpt of The Scottish Thistle, as well as pictures of the places in this novel.
Tell us about your current release.
Set during the Rising of 1745, the last civil war fought in Britain, The Scottish Thistle is a historical novel intertwined with a love story.
Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love.