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Born and raised in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, I spent my formative years reading books and writing poetry. While in college, I saw a movie based on the life of Jean Laffite, a gentleman pirate who helped Andrew Jackson win the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Intrigued by the mysterious, I researched then started to write a novel about Laffite. Graduation, career, and marriage put that manuscript on a shelf where it remained until I began working as a school librarian for seriously emotionally challenged teenagers. I returned to writing to relieve the stress inherent in working in special education facilities. During a boring staff meeting, I wrote about a caped figure who crossed the Scottish Highlands during a fiercesome storm. After twelve years and numerous revisions, that kernel of an idea blossomed into my first published novel, The Scottish Thistle. I'm currently working to complete that pirate novel started many years ago while researching another novel set in the Dust Bowl of western Kansas or Texas during the Great Depression.
During my senior year of college, one of Mom's friends introduced me to a young man who attended my high school seven years before I did. Not only had we lived on the same street as children, but he delivered our newspaper, his mother taught my Sunday school class, and I went to school with his youngest brother. Tom and I married a year later. We celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary by moving from Maryland to Kansas.
I never know when new adventures will arrive on my doorstep. Soon after we vacationed in Austin, San Antonio, and Fort Worth, Texas in 2002, Tom's company offered him a transfer to the Fort Worth area. Little did we know then the trek we would take to reach our new home. Instead of moving directly from Kansas to Texas, we drove to Maryland a week after the 2003 snow storm hit the East Coast. Shortly before our twenty-fourth wedding anniversary, we headed to Texas. In May we moved into our new home, which includes a library to house my collection of over 1,000 books.
Having retired from library work, I pursue my dream. My passion for research and a desire to make history more interesting inspires me to write historical novels intertwined with love stories. Amber Quill Press re-released The Scottish Thistle, my first novel, in November 2006. I write a monthly maritime history column entitled Pirates and Privateers. I review books for Historical Novels Review and Pirates and Privateers. I teach online courses and in-person workshops on piracy, the Royal Navy, the Age of Sail, the history and culture of the Scottish Highlands, writing historical fiction, and self-editing. I'm also a freelance editor and write an editing column for The Historical Novel Society's Historical Novels Review magazine.
My mother fondly refers to my three younger sisters and me as her “Little Women.” I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland. I'm a member of the Clan Cameron Association, EPIC, The Historical Novel Society, The Laffite Society, Scottish Clans of North Texas, the Louisiana Historical Society, and the National Maritime Historical Society. I love to read. My favorite authors include Stuart Woods, Clive Cussler, Leon Uris, Nigel Tranter, James L. Nelson, Steve Berry, and LaVyrle Spencer. When I'm not reading or writing, I like to watch professional bull riding, collect Teddy bears/foreign dolls/Kachinas, and do jigsaw and crossword puzzles. I also enjoy listening to Celtic and bagpipe music, instrumental jazz, and country music.
If you'd like to read more about me and my writing, I recommend these interviews:
Under the Crossbones interview -- Phil Johnson, August 2015
Wednesday Writer's Workspace -- The Writing Nut, 12 November 2014
An Interview with Historical Novelist Cindy Vallar -- Nick Daw's Writing Blog, 3 October 2014
Pirates and Privateers -- Fraternizing with Fran, 9 July 2014
The Scottish Thistle: Inspiration and Passion -- My Story, My Way, 16 April 2014
Q&A with Cindy Vallar -- Disquieting Visions, 4 March 2014
Reading from Rumble the Dragon -- Ghost in the Machine Podcast by Gail Martin, 2 March 2014
Interview with Cindy Vallar -- Suzy Knight, 28 February 2014
A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder: An Interview with Cindy Vallar -- Krogfiction, 23 February 2014
Dragons, Vikings, and Misfits -- Savvy Authors, 20 January 2014
Interview at Morgen's Author Interviews -- 13 March 2013
Interview at Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog -- 6 February 2013
Interview: Cindy Vallar -- Readers Write to Know, 3 October 2012
Special Guest: Cindy Vallar, author of The Scottish Thistle -- The Chanta Rand Radio Show, 5 April 2011
Interview with Cindy Vallar, author of The Scottish Thistle -- Allvoices.com, 3 December 2009
Interview: Cindy Vallar, author of The Scottish Thistle -- BrooWaha.com, 14 December 2009
Three Queens o' Pirattitude! -- Mark Summer's Profiles in Pirattidue, Pirates Magazine, Autumn 2007
Interview with Author Cindy Vallar (Part I and Part II) -- Favorite Pastimes, 13-14 February 2007
Interview with Cindy Vallar - Romance at Heart, December 2003
Interview with a Pirate Lady: Cindy Vallar - Seascapes #1, March 2003
Author's Chats: Cindy Vallar - Mocha Memoirs, February 2003
Cindy Vallar - MyShelf.com, 1 June 2002
Sime-Gen's Historical Author Spotlight - 20 May 2002
Cindy Vallar...Author of Historical Romance - 3 May 2002
Interview with Cindy Vallar - Fiction Factor, 17 April 2002
Meet Cindy Vallar - Historical Romance Writers, 8 April 2002
Author Network - 27 April 2001
What's Your Inner Dragon?
Perhaps it's my Welsh heritage, but I've always liked dragons.
I recently discovered a quiz that identifies my Inner Dragon.
To learn more look beneath the sleeping dragon.
I am a White Dragon.
An apparition of balance, power and reclusive intelligence.
I like to think things out, plot against enemies, and
gaze upon the world from the highest mountain peaks.
Favorable attributes: the Day, the Sun, truth, a positive attitude, helpful magic.
Humans only need fear me when they stray into my domain without proper tribute
-- a strawberry pie the size of a Volkswagen.
I am a peaceful dragon.
Since I breathe Fire and Lightning, I make a most impressive opponent.
Even the nicest dragons can do some serious damage.
© 2000-2010 Cindy Vallar
Some images © 2003
Dragon graphic complements of Malathar's Dragons
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Excerpts: Short Stories
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