Ms. Borg now lives in a dirverse lake community in Arkansas, where she continues to write historical and contemporary fiction. She also published a non-fiction book about Pasha, her cat and his former shelter buddies. Her poetry has been published in over twenty anthologies and was chosen for professionally recorded readings. Ms. Borg’s hobbies include world literature, opera, sailing and, of course, devising other plots for future novels.
Brian: Inge, welcome to Underground Book Reviews. Thank you for joining us. Your bio is fascinating, so let’s start there. What part of your life and career has had the greatest influence on your writing?
Inge: Thank you for having me on the Underground, Brian. It’s been a while since I was on one in London—by far not as much fun nor an honor, as this is indeed.
The seed for my writing was sown early by my parents and their passion for reading. This, I strongly believe, is an absolute prerequisite to forming ones own voice later on. And it must be ongoing not just for education, but for the pleasure of so many great works out there.
Brian: I read Sirocco not knowing, at first at least, it was a sequel. It stands very well on its own. You’ve just published After the Cataclysm, Book 3 of the Legends of the Winged Scarab series. Please tell us about this series.
Inge: My personal favorite is Khamsin, The Devil Wind of The Nile (Book 1). As it plays out in 3080 BC, it also stands alone as a historical fiction novel. I never planned a series; but curiosity got the better of me. What are those Legends? Who wrote them? And what are those terrible predictions? Wouldn’t you want to know? I still tease you about the in After the Cataclysm. I can’t promise, but what about the Khepri, The Winged Scarab? (Can you hear it rattling in my head?)
Brian: Sirocco is a contemporary thriller set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring revolution. However, much of the plot revolves around ancient Egyptian history. When and how did your interest in ancient Egypt begin?
Inge: It started with someone saying “You should write a book. Here is a subject for you...” How banal. And, there was no Internet yet. I started my research by devouring the writings of archaeologists – many of them outdated or superseded by new discoveries.
Khamsin languished on the shelf for over a decade. Then, like the storm itself, Amazon churned up the writing landscape. Back to the drawing board. I cut 100,000 words (!), rewrote some facts according to new discoveries, and published on Amazon late in 2011; then I started writing Sirocco(keeping with the stormy theme).
Brian: Did you try to pitch these novels to an agent or publisher? If so, what was your experience?
Inge: Oh, my yes. I have a 5-inch binder from the ‘90s with “pink” the dominant color. When I described Khamsin akin to Wilbur Smith’s books, one publisher consoled me that “they wouldn’t publish his works either.”
Another well-known agent admonished,“And don’t send me anything Literary!”And I was so proud of my word-smithing.