A trip to Egypt with author Inge H. Borg
Inge H. Borg is a writer who easily bridges genres from Historical Fiction to modern-day action/adventure. And she does this all in her series about the Legends of the Winged Scarab.
I am always curious how writers come up with ideas for their stories, so with the publication of Inge’s fifth novel in the series, I asked her:
For The Nile Conspiracy, it was a friend who mentioned a monster dam threatening to choke off the Blue Nile, Egypt’s lifeblood. After researching some fascinating and controversial reports, “pop went the weasel.” Or—in my case—the writer.
The Nile Conspiracy takes the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance as its basis for some (fictional) subversive action by Egypt in its conflict with Ethiopia when diplomacy fails. Throw in the Lost Labyrinth of Egypt, an ancient underground maze (its documented existence vehemently being denied by Egyptian government officials), and my protagonists from the previous three modern-day books of the series get enough action & adventure to battle temptation, bad boys, and the elements.
Not to mention El-Hanash, the crystal snake – and the curse of the mysterious ‘Khepri,’ an ancient unknown people living around 6500 BC … (Hm, popping the weasel-time again?).
Helen: Which of your books would you say are closest to your heart?
Inge: Perhaps, as with many writers, one’s ‘first-born’ always occupies a special place. Khamsin, The Devil Wind of The Nile, certainly does that for me. Again, years ago, a friend muttered the oft-laughed-at phrase: “You should write a book. How about Ancient Egypt.”
Honestly, I have no idea why I chose a subject matter I had to research in libraries (no Internet at that time). Obviously, the fascination has lasted as the modern-day sequels always harken back to Egypt and its ancient mysteries.
Helen: I should mention here that your Khamsin was short-listed for the 2014 Historical Novel Society Indie Award for Best Historical Fiction. Considering the quantity and quality of the submissions, I’d say that’s quite an accomplishment.
Inge: It was a most pleasant surprise. And totally out of the blue; indeed a great honor as well as an encouragement to keep writing. Of course, I had to make the transition from ancient demeanor, if you will, to a more edgy, modern behavior as the series progressed–without losing my own particular style. Hopefully, I succeeded.
Thank you, Helen for giving me the opportunity to be part of your wonderful Tuesday Talk Blog series.
And, to show my appreciation for my readers, I scheduled
The Nile Conspiracy
to be ON SALE in the UK and US
February 22 – 25, 2016
Helen: That’s good news for your readers!
For more Background Information and Excerpts from the Series, check out Inge’s own blog: