Interview with Inge H. Borg

You have quite a few books to your credit – historical fiction, thrillers, intrigue, poetry, humor, and even a book about a cat.
Probably like most of us, I started out being ‘earnest’ with my outpourings, mainly my poems.
Then, I discovered there was this mischievous splint in my soul and I dared to mix some lighter stuff into my writing (and if anyone asks, I will steadfastly deny that any of that stemmed from my own experiences. I will also deny that I sometimes tell a fib).
Many of your books include exotic locations and, in your historical fiction novel, faraway times. Obviously, you are a sophisticated lady who has traveled a lot and experienced much hinting of some dashes of intrigue.
Thank you for your kind words. Now that my head is bigger, i.e. swelled, I am only too happy to answer your questions.
While English is not your first language, I found your writing not only flawless, but lyrical as well as humorous, with a spark of mischief. Actually, you know English better than many native-speakers. Tell us about your life.
I am an old Austrian mountain goat (think Heidi), but left home on a long train ride when I was 18 to do the “au pair-thing,” first in London, then in Paris. An opportunity opened up to work in Moscow at the French Embassy (Talk about intrigues. Perhaps better not.)

I actually vacationed in Sochi (recently of Olympic Games fame). This is interesting as I left Russia for a great job at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck from where I was transferred to Vienna to help prepare for the Tokyo Games; alas, I had to wait for another 8 years before I got there on a 3-week orient tour.

In Vienna, a new company recognized me as a ‘gypsy’ and sent me to Chicago. After three years, my heels itched and I moved to Boston. Love that town! However, a former NYC multi-national corporation beckoned and I moved to New Hampshire to join the ranks of “them,” meaning that if you were recognized as one of “them,” the price went up as soon as you entered an antique store.

During another frigid winter, somebody said that I would love San Diego with its good opera and palm trees. That was enough for me...except that my boss cautioned that 'in California, they were all crazy and young.' Heck, I wasn’t dead yet. Sold my little house, gave the cat away (he rejoined me via American Airlines six months later), and drove my little Opel cross-country. And what a grandiose country it is!

After I managed to buy a townhouse loft in La Jolla, that Jewel of the Pacific Coast, I thought I had died and gone to heaven – I also thought I would never leave. You know what they say! Okay, it was time to come down from my lofty existence. I searched the Internet for a little house I might like with high ceilings and a garage. Anywhere on a lake. “Anywhere” turned out to be in the Foothills of the Ozarks. I mean, Arkansas.

Off I went. This time in an older Volvo and with my old cat. House turned out to be perfect. While I am not right on the lake, I look out over a golf course. Alas, once again, it is colder than I had imagined. Hence, I sometimes I dream of warm ocean breezes and tropical islands. Who knows what the future holds.
Aren’t you sorry now you asked?
How long have you been writing.
I began to concoct fairly good essays rather early mostly to make up for my mathematical ineptitude at school. (My mother once told the school principal to ‘let it go,’ and that ‘It is hereditary.’) Luckily, the stunned man obliged and let me matriculate with good grades all around.
Tell me about passages in your books of which you are most proud of.
I feel that my Prologues are my most ‘cherished’ passages. They set the mood, introduce foreboding, and clarify the choice for the titles. But for the sake of not making this interview interminable (people hate that), I posted them separately on my blog. By the way, there is a funny annotation from a native-speaking “editor” after he was told (by me) to leave them alone; he declared them as ‘holy.’
Let’s take Khamsin, for instance. The happenings of that novel appear in your later ones, most intriguingly. Tell us about that.
After years of querying agents (surely you remember that painful process), I happened to read an article about Amazon’s self-publishing opportunities. It offered a competition for up to 150,000 word novels. I slashed and burned 100,000 words off Khamsin; but didn’t win anyway. Still it introduced me to self-publishing. The learning curve how to format for e-book and print was as steep as my first cover was banal. Luckily, I also learned to use Picasa and up to now have designed all my own covers.
What projects are you working on at the moment
I just published Book 5 of the Winged Scarab series.
After that? Who knows...there are always the Legends of the Khepri, the people of the Winged Scarab, hinted at – of course – at the end of the last book.
You have written about, and worked with, rescued shelter animals and have adopted two beautiful Maine Coon cats. Pasha and Lilliput. Since Pasha is the more gregarious one, his handsome self is on the cover of his own book.
After I retired and moved to Arkansas, I was roped in to do volunteer work for an hour or two a week at a small local animal shelter. We all know how that usually goes.
Within a short time, I had chucked my high heels and silk suits and was scooping you-know-what on a regular basis. My book not only tells of the wonderful cats and dogs that came through the shelter, but of some of my initial hilarious ineptitude and how I was taught to overcome my lifelong cynophobia; by the dogs, of course.

After I had adopted my ‘best cat ever,’ it was a natural to write about him and his shelter buddies in Pasha, From Animal Shelter to A Sheltered Life.
Inge, Thank you for this insight into your writing life.
Thank you for having me. I enjoyed it and hope that my readers do the same when they read my books. Writing is my new full-time job. It is my life, my passion, and I take my task very seriously. I expect my books to be professional, almost flawless and interesting products – because my readers deserve no less.
Published 2016-04-12.
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Books by This Author

Shadow Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,650. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Disillusioned, Monika Lenz needs to escape. From the city. From her job. From deceitful lovers. A year in a Sierra Nevada mountain cabin should bring the attractive fifty-year-old back on track. There, she hopes to find beauty and serenity and peace. When shadows invade her sanctuary, she fails to cope. Foreboding and relentless, they grasp at her. Can she find love at last?
Pasha, From Animal Shelter to A Sheltered Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,310. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » General reference » Bibliographies & indices, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
(5.00 from 1 review)
When the flaming-orange tom was brought to the local animal shelter, he was messy. And he stank. That darn cat never took his eyes off me. They were not quite green and not quite yellow; they were round, and alert, and reflected light like precious stones set in orange gold. ‘Don’t even think about it,’ I told him. I already had two cats.
Moments of the Heart, A Book of Poems and Short Prose
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,470. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Essay » Literature
This 40-page volume of poetry and short stories will provide moments of reflection, laughter, and reading enjoyment to those who appreciate the melody of a sentence, the cadence of a rhyme, and the revelation of good prose.