Today I am super excited and honored to welcome MaryLu Tyndall to my blog. As many of you have figured out by now, she is one of my favorite authors. She writes historical romance packed full of adventure on the high seas. In addition to her writing, MaryLu is also a very sweet, Christian lady. There is nothing fake about her. Take a moment to read her blog. You’ll see what I mean. All of her posts are thought-provoking. Now, without further ado. Welcome, MaryLu!
Tell me a little about yourself and your family.
I was raised in South Florida where I fell in love with the beach and the tropical weather and also where I dreamed of pirates and romance! I have a degree in Math and spent several years working as a computer programmer at IBM. Yet during that time, I wrote stories as a hobby, never dreaming I would ever be published. I mean, I didn’t have an ounce of training. But God had other plans and 8 years ago, He opened the doors for my first published book, a story about a Christian pirate, The Redemption. Since then I’ve written ten books, one of which was nominated for the prestigious Christy Award! I currently make my home in Northern California with my wonderful husband, six kids and three cats.
What inspires you?
My passion for others to know that God is real, present, and powerful just like He was in the Bible, and that He loves them more than anything!
Share 3 random facts about yourself.
- Popcorn is my favorite food.
- I’d rather be on a tropical island than anywhere else!
- I’m a shy, introverted, hermit who doesn’t come across that way in person at all!
What relaxes you after a long day?
A hot bubble bath and a good movie
What do you like to read?
Historical Romance or Suspense
What is your greatest asset?
God has made me a good listener and one who can easily empathize with others
What are you working on right now? Tell us about your current book.
I’m currently writing a single title, Veil of Pearls, set in Charleston in 1811. It’s the story of a runaway slave, Adalia, from Barbados who is only a quarter black and who falls in love with a rich, pampered son of a plantation owner in Charleston. Morgan sweeps her into a world she has never known, an opulent world of glamorous parties, balls, and concerts. But her new life comes at a high price, that of denying her heritage as well as her God. How far is Adalia willing to go to win the approval of society and the heart of the man she loves? And when her secret is discovered, will that love be enough or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?
What one piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Study the craft of writing but when you sit down to write, forget it all. Just write the story God puts on your heart. Don’t get caught up in the details (you can go back and fix those) and always remember if you’re bored writing it, your reader will be bored reading it.
What would you like to ask the readers of this post?
What is your all time favorite book and list 5 reasons why.
Answer MaryLu’s questions and win a copy of her newest book – Surrender the Dawn. Drawing ends on Friday, August 12.