MaryLu Tyndall is back with the second book in her Legacy of the Kings Pirates series - The Reliance.
Welcome, MaryLu, it's a great pleasure to have you here. We fell in love with your first book The Redemption and eagerly awaited the second.
I love writing Inspiration Adventure Romance stories because it gives me a chance to portray spiritual truths in action through fascinating characters who go through tremendous challenges. It is my desire that people who read my books will be encouraged and strengthened in their own walks with God.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day my husband joined the Kingdom of God in a miraculous encounter with the Almighty. I’d been praying and fasting for him for many years and had nearly given up when the Lord gave my husband a “Road to Damascus” experience that forever changed him—and our marriage too!
Wow! That's wonderful! I rejoice with you. How has being published changed your life?
Since I signed my first publishing contract and became a full-time writer, I spend much more time alone, much more time in my own fantasy world, and much more time with the Lord. All of these are great things! I’m in the public eye a little more than I feel comfortable with, and I travel more than I used to, but I get up every morning and thank the Lord for blessing me with such a wonderful ministry.
What are you reading right now?
The Captain’s Bride by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I try to read novels that are in the genre in which I write—inspirational historicals, and this book is a great story of a ship’s captain and his new bride immigrating from Norway to America in 1880.
What is your current work in progress?
Currently, I’m working on the first book in a new series entitled Charleston Belles about three sisters who live in Charleston, South Carolina in 1718.
Sounds interesting. What would be your dream vacation?
A couple of weeks on a deserted island in the Caribbean with my husband—no kids, no pets, no responsibilities—just sun, sand, peace and rest!
I'm with you on that. How do you choose your settings for each book?
I love romantic, historical settings that incite a sense of adventure, which is why in my novels so far, I have chosen the sea as a backdrop.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Paul Hewson, or Bono, the lead singer and song writer for the band U2. Many people do not know that U2 is a Christian band, but if you listen to most of their lyrics, they are all about Christ. Although I’m not crazy about their music, I admire Bono, his intense and unwavering Christianity in the face of so much fame and fortune, and his undying love for the poor and starving in Africa. I would love to know how he keeps so determined and so dedicated in his walk with Christ.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Oil painting, gardening, and cooking
I'd love to see some of your paintings. Now what is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
When I’m in a scene, there are so many things going on in my head—so many characters talking and events happening—that I have a hard time putting it into words that will adequately describe it to the reader so that he or she will feel they are actually there. Sometimes I spend hours on one scene. If I get really stuck, I put on some music or take my laptop outside, or go for a walk and pray.
Tell us about the featured book.
The Reliance picks up the story of Captain Merrick and Lady Charlisse, the two main characters from my first book, The Redemption. Newly married and carrying her husband’s child, Lady Charlisse can see nothing but happiness in her future until one night her world is shattered when the sleepy town where she is staying is attacked by pirates. As her husband, Captain Merrick, races her to safety, they are caught in a plot of hatred and revenge that deceives Merrick into believing Charlisse is dead while in truth, she has been captured by the evil pirate, Kent Carlton.
Overcome with grief, Merrick turns away from God and returns to the life of piracy, while Charlisse must find a way to escape from the pirate ship, Vanquisher, rescue another lady held captive by Kent, and search for her husband amidst the savage seas before he falls too far into the debauchery of his old life to save him.
The Reliance is a story about relying on God, and through the characters I hope to portray the ultimate test of faith every Christian goes through when tragedy strikes.
Okay, that just moved to the top of my to-be-read pile.
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