Cindy Borgne, author of Vallar, uses the freedom of sci-fi to spin a story of political and psychological intrigue.
Welcome to the blog, Cindy! Could you tell us a little bit about your book?
The setting takes place in the future on Mars. Here is a blurb about it.
Ian Connors is a psychic who uses his special talent to serve the most powerful corporate syndicate on the planet, Marscorp. 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.
Your protagonist, Ian, has psychic visions that change the course of his life. How did you make these scenes feel vivid and realistic to readers?
When Ian starts to have a vision, I’ve tried to duplicate the same experience anyone feels when drifting off into a dream. I’ve used a combination of my own experience with dreams because I have very vivid dreams, and I’ve also studied the experiences of people who claim to be psychic. Some psychics believe your spirit can leave your body while sleeping, so most of the visions in the story are written to feel like Ian is having an out of body experience where he travels to the future and sees what might happen. Lastly, I’ve found that incorporating motion into the description helps make it more realistic.
How did you prepare to write a novel that takes place in outer space? Were there any special roadblocks that came up due to your setting?
None of the characters go out into space in the story, but they are on Mars, which did create a lot of challenges. For one, if a character needs to go outside they have to be in a spacesuit. Also what if a character is injured while in a spacesuit? I had to come up with ways to handle these situations. There were times I thought about moving the story to a different location with more Earth-like conditions, but it always messed up the plot. I have too many situations where the characters face challenges related to the harsh Mars environment. Mars is a very repetitive setting, so I also incorporated different settings. There are bio-domes, factories, and more. I did a great deal of study about Mars, especially the terrain, and one book that helped me was “The Traveler’s Guide to Mars”. Also if anyone is interested they should check out Google Mars, which is a somewhat interactive map of the red planet.
What are the pros and cons of having your book sold exclusively for Kindle? Are you planning to expand to paper publishing?
The main drawback is a lot of readers still like paper books, and many people still don’t have an e-reader of any kind. I have people who have been asking for the paperback, and I do plan to have one. It’s in the works.
Who (or what) would you invite to a sci-fi dinner party?
I would invite Q from Star Trek’s The Next Generation. He was so entertaining. He would also have to stay in character.
Thanks for stopping by, Cindy!
Vallar is available on Amazon Kindle. For other e-versions, check out Cindy’s website here:
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