Cindy Vallar

Author, Editor, & Pirate Chronicler
P. O. Box 425, Keller, TX  76244-0425

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Appearances & Book Signings

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Who Were the Real Pirates & Privateers and Book Signing
Houston Bay Area RWA
16 July 2019
HBA RWA appearance


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Jean Laffite, Enigma & Legend and Book Signing
Cradle of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas
16 November 2017
Cradle of Texas Chapter Daughters
            of the Republic of Texas AppearanceCradle of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the
            Republic of Texas AppearanceCradle
            of Texas Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas
            Appearance


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Pirates, Privateers, and Smugglers Workshop and Book Signing
Historical Novel Society 5th North American Conference
St. Petersburg, Florida
21-23 June 2013
Cindy Vallar at
            HNS Conference in St. Petersburg
Photo courtesy of Rick Seymour, Conference Photographer


Cindy Vallar
            and Norma Jennings at book signingCindy Vallar and
            Rick Spilman at book signing
At the book signing with Norma Jennings (right), author of Daughter of the Caribbean,
and Rick Spilman (left), author of Hell Around the Horn


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American Privateers: The Wars of Independence
Captain Molly Corbin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Southlake, Texas
12 November 2011

DAR EmblemPresentation National Library gift
Presentation of certificate of appreciation (left) and donation on Gustavas Fox of the Union Navy: A Biography
in my name to The Daughters of the American Revolution's national library in Washington, DC.



Honored Speaker Cindy
                      Vallar and Loblolly Tom Vallar
Cindy, clad in dress attire of pyrate surgeon,
 and Tom, surgeon's mate
Mystery Dessert: Pirate Ship Cupcakes
Pirate ship cupcake -- scrumptious!



Dominique Youx, Intrepid Warrior
The Laffite Society
Galveston, Texas
11 October 2011
Dominique
                  Youx Presentation



Researching and Writing Historical Fiction Presentation
Denton Writers League
Denton, Texas
10 September 2011
HF
                  presentation



Workshops at EPICon 2011
Williamsburg, Virginia
10 March 2011
Historical
                            Fiction Workshop
Researching and Writing Historical Fiction
Self-editing Workshop
To Be and Not to Be and Other Editing Quandaries


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Privateers of the American Revolution
82nd Birthday Luncheon -- Coral Gables Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
Coral Gables, Florida
20 November 2010
Program Presentation



Brithday Cake
Table Decoration



The Saint and the Sinners: Cotton Mather and the Pirates
Major James MacGregor Chapter
Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century
University Park, Texas
13 October 2010
The Saint and the Sinners
                          presentation The Saint and the Sinner
                          presentation

While I talked about Cotton Mather and his visits to pirates and the preaching of their execution sermons, Tom read excerpts from Mather's published works.



Privateers of the American Revolution
Cross Timbers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Flower Mound, Texas
16 October 2010
DAR
                  appearanceDAR
                  appearance



Writing and Researching Historical Fiction Workshop
Texas Writers Guild
Richardson, Texas
20 September 2010
Historical Fiction Workshop



Bringing Pirates to Life Workshop
Denton Writers' League
Denton, Texas
11 September 2010
Bringing
                  Pirates to Life Worksho



British Royal Navy Workshop
Denton Writers' League
Denton, Texas
14 August 2010
Royal
                  Navy WorkshopRoyal Navy
                  Workshop



Meet Local Author Cindy Vallar
Haltom City Public Library, Texas
23 June 2010
Haltom
                  City Public Library AppearanceHaltom City
                  Public Library Appearance



Maryland Writers Association Conference Workshop
Hunt Valley, Maryland
24 May 2010

Conducting
                workshop on researching and writing historical fiction



Scottish Tartan Festival
Minden, Louisiana
10 April 2010

Cameron
                TentHighland Calf




A Night of Romance
Haltom City Public Library
Haltom City, Texas
24 February 2010

Reading The
                Scottish ThjistleDiscussing
                writing and my career


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Writer's Guild of Texas Workshop
Richardson, Texas
21 September 2009

Speaking
                about writing and researching historical fiction


Denton Writers League Workshop
Denton, Texas
14 February 2009

Denton Writers League
                -Researching & Writing Historical Fiction,
                Self-editing Tips

 
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Louisiana Highland Games Book Signing
Jackson, Louisiana
15 December 2008

Clan Cameron Display Clan Cameron TentHighland Cow
 



  Denton Writers League Workshop
Denton, Texas
8 November 2008

Denton Writers League 2008Denton Writers League 2008



The Many Faces of Piracy Symposium
California University of Pennsylvania
California, Pennsylvania
18-19 September 2008

Many Faces of Piracy
                signSpeaking
                on Pirate Surgeons
Cindy speaks about Pirate Dress, Pirate Surgeons, and Modern Piracy.

Combat DemonstrationCombat Demonstration
Members of the Historical Maritime Combat Association demonstrate techniques pirates used.


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Pirates!
Denton Public Library - South Branch
Denton, Texas
14 August 2007

Displaying the Jolly
                RogerPeering through Spyglass
Two young pirates unfurl a Jolly Roger, while the Pirate Lady surveys her crew.

Dressing like a Pirate
One lucky young lad dons a green bandana to start dressing like a scurvy dog!

Learning to Draw Pirates
Activity time begins with drawing their own pirates.




Pirates Workshop
Arlington Public Library
Arlington, Texas
17 July 2007

3 Pirates
Tom and I pose with Librarian Amber Roy



Pirates Galore! with H. J. Ralles
Barnes & Noble, Denton, Texas
30 June 2007

Cindy, HJ
                RAlles, and Tom
Tom and I pose with H. J. Ralles before our event.

Cindy and the guys match pirates to flags
Who's Jolly Roger do I see?

Cindy and
                Hilary pose with the winners
Posing with the winners of the best designed pirate flag.



The Historical Novel Society Conference
Desmond Hotel, Albany, New York
8-10 June 2007

Cindy
Karen Mercury (right) sent these shots of Tom and me at the booksigning
held poolside Saturday afternoon.

Read Karen's musing on the conference Part I and Part II.


Chatting with a fellow Texan and lover of historical fiction.

Bright and early Sunday morning, Jim Nelson and I present "Bringing Pirates to Life."
Jim talked about the history of piracy from 1630-1730,
while I discussed what it was like to be a pirate.

Jim expounds on piratical
                historyCindy expounds on pirate life.

Cindy and Jim answer
                questions

Cindy and Jim pose after
                the workshop



Books 'n Authors 'n All That Jazz
Book Signing and "How to be a Pirate!" Workshop
Weatherford College
Weatherford, Texas
28 April 2007

Pirate Lady
                            explains Pieces of Eight

Pirate Lady peers through Spyglass

Cindy displays her
                            books for sale
Young pirates
                            model their workshop projects

Young lady pirates practice their
                              sneers

Young pirates gather to paint their
                              earrings





"Pyrate Surgeons" and "Barbary Corsairs" Presentations
PyrateCon 2007

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana

20-22 April 2007
Learning about Pyrate SurgeonsLearning about the Barbary CorsairsPirate
                Lady makes a point
Costume made by White Pavilion Clothiers

Pirate Lady and Friends at PyrateCon
Cindy with
                            Steve Kimball
Cindy with Steve "The Black Fox" Kimball, publisher of The Pyrates Way magazine
Cindy with
                            George Choundas
Cindy with George Choundas,
author of The Pirate Primer
Cindy surrounded
                            by The Pirate Guys
John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur and Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers of
Talk Like a Pirate Day fame surround Cindy between talks
Cindy with Mad
                            Sally
Cindy with Tori "Mad Sally" Baur



Career Day at Medina Valley Middle School

Castroville, Texas
9 March 2007
Medina Valley Middle School Career
            DayMedina Valley Middle School Career Day



Red River Branch of Clan Cameron Annual Meeting
Dallas, Texas
25 February 2007
Red River Branch Clan
            Cameron Annual Meeting


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Celtic Heritage Festival and Clan Cameron Roundup
Bedford, Texas
14 October 2006
Honored Clan
                      leads parade Drambeauties perform
Writing of The Scottish Thistle
As the honored clan, the Camerons led the Parade of Clans. To my left is Cerise Blair, President of the Southwestern Region. To my right is Tom Cameron, the Commissioner of Clan Cameron North America. I spoke about the writing of The Scottish Thistle and the places I visited that appear in my novel. The Drambeauties gave a special performance for the Camerons in our clan tent.



Pirates and Privateers
Barnes & Noble
Denton, Texas
7 Ocober 2006
Sign announcing appearances at Barnes and
                        Noble

During the Educators' Reception, I spoke with H. J. Ralles, author of The Keeper Series. The next book in the series involves pirates and will be released in 2007. We hope to do a piratical presentation next summer to celebrate.
Replica of an authentic pirate flag still
                        in existence
Using a
                      spyglass to site prey
A Pirate Adventure explores a treasure chest filled with replica artifacts connected with pirates. This hands-on exploration allowed these intrepid buccaneers to handle pieces of eight, sight prey through a spyglass, learn how and why pirates wrapped the butts of their pistols with ribbons, and investigate other interesting items from the pirate world. Afterward, these pirate queens made their own Jolly Rogers.
Examining pirate treasure



Piracy Workshop

Red River Romance Writers
Wichita Falls, TX
8 July 2006
Piracy Workshop in Wichita
            Falls



North Texas Book Festival
Denton, TX
22 April 2006
North Texas Book Festival
 
 
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Piracy Workshop
Denton Writer's League
Denton, TX
13 August, 2005
Denton Writer's League
            Workshop


Clan Cameron Rally and Frederick Celtic Festival
Frederick, MD
13-14 May 2005

The Banquet at the Frederick Masonic Lodge
The Beginning of the Banquet
The End of the Banquet
Call to dinner
The Cameron Men & Me
(with Apologies to the Ladies)

The Banquet

Swords award to Commissioner
            Thomas A. Cameron and Past Commissioner Donald J. Cameron

At the Festival in Urbana, Maryland
Pipe and Drum Band
Pipe and Drum Band

Parade of Honored Clan
Clam Cameron - the Honored Clan - in parade of clans

The Commissioner and Me!
Thomas A. Cameron, Commissioner, Clan Cameron North America
Cindy Vallar, Friend of Clan Cameron



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All Pikes Peak Reads Piracy Panel
Pike's Peak Library
 Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 October 2004
Piracy Panel
Cindy Vallar - Historical Overview of Piracy
Lane Brunner - Treasure from the SS Central America
Captain Michael MacLeod - Reenactors in Festivals and Films
Jamaica Rose Barton - No Quarter Given
Jacqueline Church Simonds - Women Pirates


In search of lost treasure
Ship of Gold!

Women
              Pirates confront the captain
Time to vote on a new captain!


The Ship's Company
Dee Vazquez, Community Relations Officer, Pikes Peak Library
Jamaica Rose Barton, Editor of No Quarter Given
Jacqueline Church Simonds, author of Captain Mary, Buccaneer
Cindy Vallar, Editor of Pirates and Privateers
Lane Brunner, Ph.D, American Numismatic Association
Captain Michael MacLeod, Reenactor and Co-Editor of NQG


West Texas Book and Author Festival
Abilene, Texas
25 September 2004
West TX Book & Authoer
              Festival


Book Exchange
Hammond, Louisiana
8 May 2004
Cindy with Book Exchange Owner
Standing in front of owner Charley Hardin's Wall of Authors


North Texas Book Festival
Denton, Texas
17 April 2004
North Texas Book Festival
              Signing


The Laffite Society
Galveston, Texas
16 March 2004
Talking about recently
              published pirate booksTalking
              about Pirates & Privateers


Book Reading
Scottish Clans of North Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
1 February 2004
Reading of The Scottish Thistle

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2003-2019 Cindy Vallar

Home About Me Appearances & Book Signings Editing Services
Excerpts of My Stories Gallery: Clan Cameron Gallery: Rebel & Spy Gallery: Scottish Highlands Workshops
Gallery: Thistle's Scotland 1 Gallery: Thistle's Scotland 2 Historical Fiction vs. History My Interviews & Other Writings
My Research Resources My Reviews & Website Awards Pirates & Privateers Recommended Books to Read
Recommended Research Links Workshop Offerings & Schedule





Contact Me Sign My Guestbook Subscribe to my T&P Newsletter