Burns’ book release party is set for Sunday at VALA

Technology, hidden messages and a post-apocalypse are central to one local author’s new book, which will be released on March 4 at VALA Eastside in Redmond.

Heather Burns is a Bothell resident who recently finished “Cyborg Dreams: The Mind of Mine,” which is the first book in a trilogy that was picked up by a Florida-based publisher.

“It’s extremely exciting and it’s so much fun,” Burns said. “It’s a huge learning experience, right, because this is all new to me because I’m an engineer by trade.”

The 200-page read is Burns’ first book and based off a dream she had in 2009.

It deals with a post-apocalyptic theme where the main character keeps having premonitions in her dreams of impending danger to the town they live in.

However, it wasn’t until last October when she decided to finally turn her idea into a book, and in the course of just a couple months, pumped out a full book.

“Once I started writing, the characters kind of wrote themselves,” she said.

She borrowed a book on how to write novels from her mother, who is an avid reader.

While Burns was originally planning on putting a self-published text online, after reading the book her mother convinced her to try and get it published.

“Trying to find a publisher was pretty difficult, you have to find one that matches your genre, that matches your word count, that’s actively looking for people,” she said.

But her perseverance ended up paying off.

Her book will be available as an E-book or in paperback form and can be ordered from Amazon or Barns and Noble.

The launch party on Sunday will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. with $10 tickets that include food, drink and a raffle ticket. Prizes include a NOOK eReader, a Fire 7 tablet with Alexa and a $25 Amazon gift card.

VALA is located at 7525 166th Ave. N.E. in Redmond Town Center.