I'm so excited to share The Restitution with you today! Book three of the Legacy of the King's Pirates series is rich with setting and a fast-paced story that's sure to keep your hands turning pages. This book swept me to a different time and place, and I was seriously caught up in the story--I HAD to know what was going to happen! The story is ripe with conflict, and it's one of those reads you don't want to set down, even for a minute. If you're a fan of historical fiction, pirates, or both, this is a must read. Before we get to the interview with MaryLu Tyndall, here's a bit about the book, and MaryLu's bio.
A scorned woman longing for wealth, position, and the return of her son...
An obsessed pirate craving the love of the lady he once ravished...
A twisted nobleman seeking to capture a spurned woman's heart
And the intricate plot of vengeance that weaves their lives together.
Lady Isabel Ashton gave birth to her illegitimate son, Frederick, the product of a pirate's violent attack. Spurned by family and society, Isabel clings to the hope of marrying a nobleman and returning to her privileged social class, but then her baby is kidnapped.
Captain Kent Carlton, determined to win the heart and forgiveness of the woman whose purity he pirated, searches every port for Isabel. What he finds is Richard Sawkins, a nobleman who informs him of Frederick's existence and kidnapping and the whereabouts of Isabel.
Will Kent forsake all his treasure, power, and dreams of becoming the Admiral of the Brethren of the Coast in order to unite Isabel and his son? And will Isabel finally realize that title and wealth are meaningless when compared to riches in Christ. Can she allow her heart to love a penniless pirate?
MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and ships during her childhood days on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. Her love of history and passion for story drew her to create the Legacy of the King’s Pirates Series. MaryLu now writes full time and makes her home with her husband and six children on California’s coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea. For more information on MaryLu and her upcoming releases, please visit http://www.mltyndall.com/.
And now, here's MaryLu!
Thanks for taking time on your tour to stop by my place. First, what inspired the Legacy of the King's Pirates series?
I have always had a passion for Pirates. I know that sounds weird, but I was raised on the shores of South Florida and fell in love with the sea and sea-faring adventures. The romanticism of pirates just became a part of that world for me. However, the idea for a “Christian” pirate series never occurred to me until after I saw the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. If Johnny Dep could pull off this weird half-evil, half good, likeable pirate, why couldn’t I create one who was a godly man? And hence, the series was born.
The setting is incredibly realistic and fresh. Can you explain a bit about your research process?
I spent half my life on the sea or near the sea in tropical settings, so I have a sense of the sights and smells associated with those surroundings. I have sailed on two tall ships, a schooner and a sloop and studied the working of the sails and the way the ship moves and sounds as it glides through the water. In addition, I have read tons of books both fiction and non-fiction on sailing and on pirate life in the 17th century, and I attended a pirate convention in Key West last year. I love this job!
With six children, how on earth do you juggle your family responsibilities with writing? Any favorite time management tips?
I wish I could give you some great tips, but I’m afraid I have it quite easy compared with most mothers. My kids are all over seventeen, two have moved out of the house already, one is away at college (The Naval Academy) and two more are going to college here in town and the youngest is a senior in high school, so I usually have my days free to write. Of course I have the usual interruptions with “emergencies” but for the most part, the kids are busy with their own lives. But, I do keep the house and do the cooking, etc… which is quite a bit of work. The best advice I can give anyone is simply to set aside a block of time, find someplace quiet and go write. Even if your only time is late at night or early in the morning, and even if it’s only for a few hours, keep disciplined to write and only write during that time, and you’ll be amazed how much you’ll accomplish.
Finish this sentence: My greatest writing influences are...
Jesus, The Bible, Rafael Sabatini, Francine Rivers
Best advice for new writers?
Learn your craft, go to conferences, join online writer’s groups (ACFW recommended), join a good critique group, read how-to books, and read lots of best-selling and award-winning novels to see what makes them so good. Make sure God is calling you to write, and then write what He puts on your heart and never give up until He tells you to. And never ever compare yourself with others. Keep your eyes on the One who has called you and given you your own specific task to complete.
That is excellent advice! Thanks again for stopping by, and may God continue to bless your writing!
To get a copy of The Restitution, click here.