Monday, May 2, 2011

Meet Cindy Borgne, Author of Vallar, and a Giveaway!

Today I'd like to welcome Cindy Borgne to my blog. Cindy's currently conducting a blog tour, so I invited her to stop in and chat today. Here's some information on Cindy's new book, Vallar:

Sixteen-year-old Ian Connors works for Marscorp, using his psychic ability to give the organization an advantage over other groups angling for control of the embattled planet. The people of Earth have abandoned the colonies of Mars due to a dwindling of their own resources. The leaders of Marscorp believe that by pooling the planets assets, they will be able to gain enough power to force their way back to Earth.

Ian's job is to use his visions to locate smaller organizations in order to plunder their valuables and incorporate their masses. But a disturbing vision and a horrible loss cause Ian to doubt his loyalties to a corrupt, dictatorial admiral.

Unwilling to be a pawn in the Admiral's dangerous game, Ian must find a way to escape and protect a girl he sees himself with in the future. His only hope may lie with a new organization known as Vallar - an alliance of rebel organizations willing to fight for their survival. (380 Pages)

So, Cindy, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m from Macomb, Michigan. I’ve been writing since I’ve been about fourteen. Then on and off for many years in between raising two children. It’s been within the last seven years that I’ve become determined to stick with it. I write mostly science fiction and fantasy. I’ve been a stay at home mom for several years, but I’ve had a few day jobs such as web-designer, freelance editor, computer instructor, and I was once a payroll clerk for a school district.

What inspired you to write Vallar?

It was a combination of two things. In the story, the main character Ian, has the ability to foresee the future. So I put him in him a situation where he uses his ability for the wrong reasons, but he doesn’t realize it at first because he’s being manipulated. When he doesn’t realize it, he has to get away from the people using him for their own greed. The second reason is in the beginning of the story Ian sees himself with a girl he’s never met. I enjoyed experimenting with his desire to be with her based on a vision. It’s also is a forbidden type of love, and I had fun writing it.

Can you tell us about your writing process?

I always flesh out the plot and characterization first, so my first drafts are light on description. Once I know the plot is solid, I go back in and add all the details. Then I edit it several times. I put it up for critique, and I continue to edit it. I even listen to it on my Kindle to catch errors. I pretty much pound the thing before I publish it.

Do you have any interesting writing methods or quirks?

I always start out with an outline because they help get me going, but I never have been able to stick to them. Some things on my outlines work, but other things don't or I come up with better ideas.

Are you working on any new projects?

I want to finish a sequel to Vallar. Plus I would like to write a fantasy/historical novel set in the mid 1700’s.

And where can we find Vallar?

It's at Amazon, Nook and Smashwords. It's easiest to go to my website to find all the links: (click here).

And it gets even better - Cindy's giving away five free e-copies of Vallar! Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday, May 8 to be entered in the drawing (please include your email address). Five lucky winners will receive a coupon for a free download of Vallar from Smashwords. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 9.

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting today, Cindy! And you can visit Cindy's blog by clicking here.


Brian said...

What an interesting book and Cindy has just the imagination to pull it off. Great interview!

Kelly said...

Great interview! I also add details later when I write! Glad to see another doing that as well.

Cinders said...

Hi Brian and Kelly. It's nice to meet you.

Nas Dean said...

Hi Cindy,

Welcome to Susan's place on the web!
It was great meeting you and getting to know you. Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations on the release of VALLAR!
All the best.

Old Kitty said...

Great to meet a new author and her fab book, thank you! I wish Cindy Borgne all the best with this - the story sounds very exciting! Take care

Cinders said...

Hi Nas and Old Kitty, thanks for encouragement.

Jai Joshi said...

Vallar sounds so interesting. I love the idea of the story also being a lesson about greed and exploitation.


Cinders said...

Thanks Jai.

Don't forget to leave your e-mail if you want to win a free e-copy. I also have contest going on at Goodreads. I'm giving away 3 paperbacks.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations to Cindy for the publication of Vallar!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the concept behind Vallar - sounds terrific :)

Lydia K said...

Nice interview!
Sometimes I have trouble sticking to my outline too.

Trisha said...

Cindy's book sounds fabulous!!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Fun interview!

Have a great time on your blog hop, Cindy!


Jo Schaffer said...

I enjoyed the interview. Sounds like a cool book. Always fun to find new authors. (=

Lynda R Young said...

Great interview. The book sounds great. I've heard about this one around the blogsphere. Wishing Cindy huge success.

Liz Fichera said...

What an interesting world and premise! Lovely book - lovely interview!

Cinders said...

Thanks everyone for all the kind thoughts.

@Lynda = I'm surprised you heard of it. :)

DEZMOND said...

oooh, I do love me anything sf :)

Robyn Campbell said...

Excellent interview, Sus. I love filling in as I go too. I think of it as coloring in the lines.

Sounds like a very lovely book. Cindy, congrads. Can't wait to read it. :-)

Carolyn V said...

Great interview! Congrats to Cindy on her book! =D

Cinders said...

Wow, it's great to meet everyone. I also followed all your blogs. If I missed anyone, let me know. I went back and forth a few times between screens.

CherylAnne Ham said...

Great Interview! I've read Vallar and it's a great book! Good luck to the winners.

Anita said...

Good luck to Cindy!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like an interesting sci-fi piece.

Congrats to Cindy on the release.


Cinders said...

Good luck to everyone in the contest. :)

Hema P. said...

Vallar sounds like such an interesting book! It is sci-fi, but has nuances of a historical fiction -- great combination. Thanks for introducing Cindy to us!

Velva said...

The writing ability and creativity always leaves me in awe.

Cheers to you Cindy! I know this is a wonderful accomplishment. Thanks Susan for hosting her-


Cinders said...

It's been great to be here. I can't wait to give out the free copies.