Born and raised in Austria, Inge H. Borg completed her language studies in London and Paris. To continue her study of French (in a round-about way), she accepted a job at the French Embassy in Moscow. After Ms. Borg was transferred to the States, she worked on both coasts, and after several years of living in San Diego, became a US citizen.
Ms. Borg now lives in a diversified lake community in Arkansas, where she continues to write historical and contemporary fiction. She also published a non-fiction book about her cat and its former shelter buddies. Her poetry has been published in over twenty anthologies and was chosen for professionally recorded readings. Her hobbies include world literature, opera, sailing and, of course, devising new plots for future novels.
What inspires you to write?
The love of language and, of course, the stories and ideas rummaging around in my head. If I don’t let them come out, how will I have room for more?
I have enjoyed writing essays from an early age on. The love of books was fostered by my parents; reading must be the first step to writing. Now, that I have the time, this passion fills my days (and nights).
Tell us about your writing process.
After an idea forms, there is research (especially for my historical fiction). Then I think of names and outline the main characteristics and physical attributes of “my people.” The storyline is done in very broad brushstrokes as a synopsis (sometimes chapter-by-chapter). However, as the WIP progresses, surprising things happen. Protagonists develop sometimes in good, other times in annoying ways – and once or twice, I am forced to “do something unspeakable” to them. That’s when I remember: I can get them off the face of the earth – or at least, out of my book! It’s very empowering.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Mostly, they talk to me – and I do listen, not always impartially. The most intriguing ones are often those I like the least; the “bad boys,” if you will. You can always count on them to liven things up and provide you with another twist in the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
While it is exciting to put a hypothetical “The End” on your manuscript, don’t be too hasty. Let it cure a bit; re-read, re-edit, and re-read (yes, again). Honest Beta-readers are invaluable (not your grandma). Listen to those who give you an honest (not gushing) opinion, and don’t be too enamored with your own work not to follow some of the things they point out.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
What new writer, these days, does even have the opportunity to be noticed by a reputable publisher (and I am not talking vanity)? Self-publishing, therefore, seems to be the only way to go – at least, until one has been noticed; then the publishers want to come in and take control, most of the profits, and the glory.
In other words, for the new writer, there is no other choice – that good, as well as bad. It now is up to the reader to wade through the proverbial slush pile.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s here to stay – especially in digital format; although printed books – especially the cost-efficient Print-on-Demand will continue to be around.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Historical Fiction, Archaeological Thriller, Storms at Sea, Dystopian (all three in the same series), Contemporary, Animal/Pet Stories
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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