Cindy Vallar

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

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                          bear, cup of morning tea, and a book to readWelcome!

Books have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. In fact, my dad once described my first library when I was a year old: Her library contains a multitude of magazines, some beginning on page six or ten, others on fifteen or twenty-one, except the newest which not only begins on page one but still possesses its blue and yellow cover. My mom shared her love of reading, especially historical fiction, as well as her writing. Among my many keepsakes is one of my earliest attempts at creative writing -- a description of a photograph from a Girl Scout calendar.

I continued to write short stories and poetry and made several attempts at novel writing in high school and college. My first publishing credit came from my senior English class when I wrote "The Traveller," a poem in the style of Geoffrey Chaucer, which appeared in my high school literary magazine, Soliloquy. In college, I majored in library science and later went on to get my my master's degree while working as a school librarian.

Having retired from library work, I now pursue my dream. My passion for research and a desire to make history more interesting inspires me to write historical novels and articles about pirates and privateers. Within these pages I invite you to explore my writing and research, my editing services, my workshop offerings, reviews of books I recommend for your reading pleasure, and many other treasures.

Once again, welcome and enjoy your visit!


Sláinte or Fair Winds and Following Seas,

Cindy Vallar


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My Historical Novels & Short Stories
The Scottish Thistle

Cover Art: The Scottish
                                    Thistle
Cover Art by Trace Edward Zaber


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 . . .



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Learn about the Rising of 1745

Listen to an Interview

Visit Thistle's Scotland

Read the Reviews

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Odin's Stone

Sketch by Elizabeth,
                                  Marchioness of Stafford
Sketch by Elizabeth,
Marchioness of Stafford

Long ago on the Isle of Skye, Alexander,  Lord of the Isles, tires of the feud between two clans and invokes an ancient Norse rite involving the Stone of Odin . . .
 

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Rumble the Dragon

Artwork by Lian
Artwork by Lian


When Ivan Skullsplitter plunders the dragons' sacred chalice, a young, intelligent misfit ventures into the dangerous world of men to  prevent . . .

The Rebel & the Spy

Drawing of Jean Laffite
Engraving by R. Telfer


Alexine You lives in two different worlds -- Barataria and New Orleans -- but when a stranger enters her life, she must finally choose between  being a privateer or loving a spy . . .


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Visit Rebel & Spy Gallery



What's New & Forthcoming
Workshops & Appearances
Articles & Interviews
Book Reviews
Researching & Writing Historical Fiction
(Hosted by Hearts Through History Romance Writers)

October 5-30, 2020

$15 for HHRW members
$25 for nonmembers

Register Now!
Last day to register is October 9.



Coming in 2021
(Hosted by Outreach International Romance Writers)

January
Researching & Writing Historical Fiction

March
To Be or Not to Be & Other Editing Quandaries

August
Here Be Dragons

October
Witches, Kelpies, & Fairies, Oh My!
Under the Crossbones Interview
Podcast:
Under the Crossbones, August 2015
(my segment begins at minute 7:00)


Update for 100th episode
(my segment begins at 1:06:40)


Podcast: Craft of Writing/Publishing
and Writing about Pirates

Latino Role Models Success, 16 February 2017

Red Pencil: Christmas at Carnton
Historical Novels Review, May 2018
(My final Red Pencil column)

The Royal African Company and Pirates
Part 2
Pirates & Privateers, 21 September 2020
Rebellion
by Philip Yorke
Historical Fiction, England, 17th century


Larcum Mudge
by Philip K. Allan

Historical Fiction, Caribbean, 19th century


The Admiral's Pursuit
by Lyle Garford
Historical Fiction, Caribbean, 19th century


Barbarians on an Ancient Sea
by William Westbrook
Historical Fiction, Bermuda & Algiers, 19th century


The Grumpy Pirate
by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig
illustrated by Ashlyn Anstee
Picture Book


Pirates of the North Atlantic
by William S. Crooker
History, North Atlantic, 17th-19th centuries




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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