Hello! I am so excited to host MaryLu Tyndall on my blog today. I was a forever fan with my first book read of hers. Her pirate tales are so fascinating and she tells them so well, I feel as if I’m standing on the ships deck with the sea spray against my face. But let’s talk to MaryLu today about her book, She Walks in Love, her second in the Protectors of the Spear series.
1. When did you know that you wanted to write and did you know you wanted to write Christian fiction?
I started writing when I was very young. I had a poem published in my high school year book, and I also wrote a couple of novels just for fun. But then I grew up (unfortunately) and the responsibilities of life got in the way. I didn’t write anything for years and years and never considered that I’d write again, let alone get published! But one day the Lord placed an idea on my heart, a glorious, wonderful, crazy idea to write a novel about a Christian pirate. He then freed up some of my time, so I thought, why not? I obeyed, and lo and behold, the Lord opened door after door and He got that very first novel published!
2. How do you get your ideas for books?
My ideas come from a variety of places: From books I read, movies, life, history, etc, but mainly I believe the Lord is the one who plants an idea on my heart. Those ideas usually simmer for a while until I start thinking about them more and more. Then I start to see the characters come to life in my mind. I see their faces and personalities! It’s like they are saying, “Write my story!”. That’s when I know it’s time to write that novel.
3. Do you do a lot of research for each book?
Yes. Research is really not my thing at all. I love history, but diving into the details and trying to find certain facts I need to know can be quite time consuming and difficult. Sometimes I have no idea where to go to find a certain fact. I have volumes of history books on my shelves and a host of links to online sights, so I do my best!
4. I love, love that you include spiritual warfare in your books. I firmly believe in this. Have you ever taken flack for this?
Yes. I’ve had some negative comments for sure, but not as many as I thought I would! I realize that much of the church either doesn’t believe in spiritual warfare and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, or they steer away from such topics out of fear and ignorance. In fact, rare is the pastor who teaches its members how to do battle against our enemy and win! That’s why I feel the Lord wants me to write about these things, to show believers that we battle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual rulers in high places. And we don’t have to live a life in subjection to them or a life of defeat. We are victorious through Jesus!
5. Does the Holy Spirit speak to your heart about what to include in your books?
All the time! I can’t say there’s been a book I’ve written that the Holy Spirit hasn’t been right alongside me, leading me and telling me what to write. He and I have become good friends. 🙂
6. You usually write pirate tales. Why did you decide to go to the medieval period? Which is my favorite setting, by the way.
It’s actually one of my favorite settings too! I’ve always loved medieval stories. Publishers will tell you that medievals don’t sell well, so I sort of steered away from it for a while. But they also told me pirate stories don’t sell well either, and that was wrong too. Anyway, I couldn’t wait to dive into that time period, and I’ve had a great time writing my Protector of the Spear series. Another aspect of the medieval time period is that you can get away with more spiritual content because people in that day were very superstitious and highly spiritual, albeit not always in a good way, but more open to it nonetheless.
7. What do you want readers to take away from this book?
There are many themes that run through She Walks in Love, but there are two main things I hope people will walk away with after they turn the last page. One, that God never leaves us, even if we feel like He’s gone, even if bad things happen to us over and over, He is there, watching over us, orchestrating events to bring us back to Him. And two, that this short life on earth is nothing compared to eternity, and that if we look at this life through that lens, all our problems and struggles will seem small and worth enduring for the glory God has in store for us.
About MaryLu Tyndall
Award winning and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida’s Coast. After obtaining a degree in Math and working as software engineer for 15 years, she decided to test the waters as a writer. With now more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the deeply spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. As a follower of Christ, her stories often reflect her own journey and walk with God. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandkids, and three cats on the California coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea.
My Rating: 5 stars!
‘Evil is astir this night. It begs entrance to this holy place.’
MaryLu Tyndall brings us her second novel in the ‘Protectors of the Spear’ series and it is so good.
The Spear is supposed to be the one which pierced the Savior’s side at His crucifixion and great powers lie within it. Lady Christiana D’Clere is the new protector of the Spear, her sister Alexia being the first. Lady Christiana has been kept drugged by the wicked steward of her family’s estate, he wanting control. There is also an evil bishop to deal with along with two who tread deeply into the dark side.
Christiana has escaped and is running for her life, protected by Sir Jarin the Just. He is determined to restore her to her rightful place as lady of Luxley Castle. But they will have to face many obstacles, both of a physical nature and from the spiritual realm. And Christiana must learn to trust that even though the blood of the Christ stains the relic, the power within her comes from God Himself. Sir Jarin has to learn to rely on powers greater than his own as a knight, as the dark powers that chase them seem only to grow stronger.
MaryLu Tyndall is a wonder at these spiritual warfare novels. She opens her readers’ eyes into that realm where evil does indeed fight against the right. I read this one in only one day. I am a forever fan. I very much recommend this one.
*My thanks to the author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Publisher: Ransom Press
Publication Date: June 17, 2019
You can find MaryLu at: http://www.marylytyndall.com