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Interview: Cindy Vallar, author of The Scottish Thistle

by Novel Noise (writer), Appleton, WI, December 14, 2009

Cindy Vallar is the author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle (Amber Quill Press)

About the Author

A retired librarian, Cindy Vallar is the Associate Editor of Industry for Solander, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society, and writes the “Red Pencil” column where she profiles authors and compares a selection from their published historical novels with an early draft of that work. She also reviews for their journal, Historical Novels Review. She is the Editor of Pirates and Privateers, a freelance editor, and a content editor for Pyrates Way magazine. She belongs to the Historical Novel Society, the Red River Branch of Clan Cameron, the Scottish Clans of North Texas, the Laffite Society, the Louisiana Historical Society, and the National Maritime Historical Society.

Cindy’s love of Scotland has taken her to that country several times to do research and attend an international gathering of Clan Cameron on the chief’s estate in 2001. She also covered that gathering for the Scottish journal, Dalriada. In 2005 the Commissioner of Clan Cameron in North America invited her to the clan’s North American Rally, where he presented Cindy with the first Friend of Clan Cameron Award. She’s also served as the Co-membership Director and Secretary of the Red River Branch of the Clan Cameron Association North America.

Her two passions, pirates and Scotland, have led Cindy to share her knowledge with others through the workshops she conducts online and in-person. She is an instructor for several Romance Writers of America’s chapters. She invites you to visit her award-winning web site, Thistles & Pirates (, to learn more.


1. What is the latest book or movie that made you cry?

The latest movie that made me cry was Miss Potter, starring Renée Zellweger.

2. What fictional character is most like you?

Good question, but I don’t have an answer. There’s a little bit of me in the characters I write, particularly the heroines, but I can’t say that I’ve met a fictional character like myself.

3. What is the greatest album ever?

Paul Overstreet’s Heroes

4. Ok, Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter?

I’ve always been a fan of Star Trek.

5. What is your ideal brain food?

Spaghetti and meatballs

6. What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?

Being married to the man I love for thirty years and working toward the next thirty.

7. You want to be remembered for....?

Helping others achieve their dreams.

8. Of those who've come before, the most inspirational are?

Harriet Tubman, Grace O’Malley, Deborah Sampson, Helen Keller

9. The creative masterpiece you wish bore your signature?

Captain Blood

10. Your hidden talents are?

Disseminating information and taking complex materials and writing the information in terms most people can understand.

About The Scottish Thistle

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.

About the Writer

Novel Noise is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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1 comments on Interview: Cindy Vallar, author of The Scottish Thistle

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By Cindy Vallar on December 15, 2009 at 02:16 pm

Thanks, Melody. I hope you enjoy the book. And when you visit my website, you'll find pictures of the places in The Scottish Thistle. -- Cindy Vallar

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