I’m thrilled and honored to welcome MaryLu Tyndall here today! I’ve never met her in person, but I’m totally hooked on her writing. I hope she’s prepared for the crazed-fan attack whenever I do meet her. 🙂 Her books are impossible to put down, so I recommend blocking off your calendar for 48 hours once you start reading.

Meet and Greet with Author MaryLu Tyndall | www.sarahforgrave.comA Christy Award finalist, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling pirates during her childhood years 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. Now, while writing her eleventh novel, she manages a home, husband, and six kids while battling three cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep!  She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.

You can connect with her at the following places:

Website:  http://www.marylutyndall.com/
Blog: http://crossandcutlass.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MaryLu-Tyndall-Swashbuckling-Romance/175344859169475
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/MaryLuTyndall
Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mofrYRedr8&feature=g-all-u


Welcome, MaryLu! I’m with you on the popcorn and chocolate addiction, so pardon my munching while we get to the questions… 🙂

Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?

Passionate, Crazy, Worry-wort, Sensitive, Caring, Disciplined, Control-freak

Either/Or Questions:

1) Mediterranean or Caribbean Cruise?

Mediterranean! Only because I’ve never been there. The Caribbean is gorgeous and my first love, but I hear the Mediterranean is simply stunning, especially with all those exotic ports of call!

2) Right brained or Left brained?

Right! All creative and passion and absolutely zero logic and reason (At least that’s what my hubby tells me!)

3) Out on the town or Take-out and a movie?

Take out and a movie, of course.  I like going out some times, but I’m much more comfy at home with my PJs and my big-screen TV and some popcorn!

4) Soup and salad or Burger and fries?

Are you talking to the dieting MaryLu or the MaryLu who can eat whatever she wants and stay thin MaryLu?  The former would choose soup and salad. The latter, burger and fries every time!

5) Stretch limo or Yacht?

Yacht!  Who would choose land when you can seek adventures at sea?

6) Life of the party or Fade into the background?

Definitely fade.  Always been a wall flower.  I much prefer to watch people than have them watch me!

7) Chocolate milkshake or Root beer float? Chocolate milkshake!!  When I was a kid on a family picnic I drank an entire 6-pack of root beer and on the way home. . .well, let’s just say my Mom’s station wagon was never quite the same. Since then, I can’t even stand the smell of root beer!  (Sorry if that was TMI)


LOL, MaryLu, not TMI at all! I have similar memories with chicken fried rice, so there ya go. 🙂 I had to laugh at your right-brained comment. You must have at least a little left brain in there since you were a software engineer for fifteen years. But I can see how visiting the high seas through your books would send that left brain sailing. 🙂

Thanks so much for being here today! It was a pleasure to have you.


Meet and Greet with Author MaryLu Tyndall | www.sarahforgrave.comVeil of Pearls

She thought she could outrun her past. . .

It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants. Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a quiet life, thankful for her freedom but still fearful that her owner will find her.

Born into one of Charleston’s prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. Morgan’s persistence, however, finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society.

But her new life comes at a high price—that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God. How far is Adalia willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves? And when her secret is revealed, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?


Blog Readers: Let’s talk…Are you a land lover or a sailor at heart, and why? What’s the biggest adventure you’ve ever experienced at sea?



Meet and Greet with Author MaryLu Tyndall

30 thoughts on “Meet and Greet with Author MaryLu Tyndall

  • July 30, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I am most definitely a land lover. I went out ONCE on a fully rigged, massive, sailing ship. I thought I would have a lovely day out on the water. So, I wore a sun-dress. I spent the entire day below decks, violently ill, huddled beneath a smelly, but lovely & snug, blanket.

  • July 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Though raised just 8 miles from the North Carolina coast in Wilmington with the river and the sea coast, I’ve never been “to sea.” I think I would love to sail somewhere just once at least. However, not doing so is o.k., too. I love the beauty of the ocean with its majesty and ever changing canvas but God is Creator of all so land is fine with me as well.

    I visit your blog regularly.

  • July 30, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I am a land lover. I was raised in a shore community in southern NJ, but never gained an affection for boating or other water activities. I prefer mountains, rolling hills, wooded spaces…and now have a bit of each living in north central KY. 🙂

    Thank you Sarah, for helping us get to know MaryLu better. MaryLu, wishing you all the best with your book. This one looks wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway; I’d love to be entered.

    Happy Monday!

  • July 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I have never been out sailing, so I guess that makes me a land lover. I love seeing different places, anyway. Then again, I am very attracted by the ocean.

  • July 30, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I love root beer floats — so sorry that MaryLu had such a bad experience with root beer as a child.
    And I guess I’m a land-lover — give me mountains to hike and a chance to walk along the beach.

  • July 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Ooo, similar root beer experience, but it was a game at church where you had to drink a whole soda down as quickly as you could. Blech.

    And I’m a land lover. Well, I like the sea, but only if I’m close to land. Or if I’m on a huge cruise ship and very, very safe from sharks. 🙂

  • July 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Ahh, I neeeeed to read Mary Lu’s latest book. The cover alone is so beautiful. I think I’m probably a land-lover, but I’ve not been out at sea enough to know for sure, I guess. I will say, the Mediterranean IS beautiful. Best swimming experience I’ve ever had–off the shore of Spain–standing only knee-deep and being knocked off my feet by freezing waves. Soooo fun. 🙂 (I had a lot of bruises the next day, but it was so worth it! 🙂 )

  • July 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Hi MaryLu!

    I get you on the control freak and the yacht, maybe even the yacht in the Mediterranean. 🙂

    katy Lee AT cox DOT net

  • July 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Good morning everyone! Ah.. far too many land lubbers here! Perhaps ye just haven’t had enough grand experiences at sea!! LOL. Mary, your story made me smile. Many people find themselves in the same boat as you. No pun intended.
    Very Godley, the sea is gorgeous, isn’t it?
    Karen, thank you for your well wishes!
    Jemimah, indeed, the sea has a way of luring you to it’s beauty.
    Beth.. I should try a root beer float again.. it has been over 30 years!
    Lindsay, I did avoid the beach for almost a year after I saw the first Jaws movie as a kid. LOL
    Melissa, love your Spain story!! I’m jealous.. sounds beautiful. 🙂
    Katy, a yacht in the Mediterranean.. it’s a date!!

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone!!

  • July 30, 2012 at 11:10 am

    MaryLu, I cannot believe you a “wallflower” not the one I see on this blog and out and about on FB. enjoyed the questions and answers today, thanks for sharing with us.
    love to read this book.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

    • July 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I’m really outgoing on line!!! But in real person.. I tend to be on the shy side. Weird huh? Thanks for dropping by, Paula!

  • July 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Hi! Wonderful interview! Please enter me. I’ve been trying to win this one for awhile haha. Maybe I’ll get lucky with this one 🙂 god bless!

    • July 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Oh and my email is katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • July 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Hope you win this one too! Actually, I wish I could give you all a free copy!

  • July 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I have always wanted to go sailing, especially on a old ship. I love MaryLu’s books, and I can’t wait to read this one.


  • July 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’m definitely a land lover. I’ve grown up in Colorado and I love the mountains!


    • July 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Ah.. you’re like my hubby, Marissa!! He loves his mountains! They are beautiful.. 🙂

  • July 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Omosh! I love Mary lu Tyndal! She’s so my inspiration to become a Christian novelist when I become older! Anyways..I think I’m mostly a land lover even though I want to go to sea again (I went once on a cruise with my family to the Bahamas) It was soo much fun! the air was so warm on my face, I loved the smell of the sea filling my nostrils, and my favorite part was watching the sunset every evening! I want to go on another cruise again! However, the reason I’m a land lover is because I’m always afraid of a ship sinking. (aka Titanic). But the sea is really exciting and beautiful!

    • July 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you so much his princess!!! Believe it or not, I haven’t ever been on a cruise… but I did just come back from a week in Jamaica!! Heavenly. Most modern ships never sink… but that is a terrifying thought. Especially if the water was freezing like the Titanic. Brrrr…

      • July 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        Omgosh! I didn’t know you was going to reply to my comment! You totally made my day! love you Mary Lu Tyndall! You’re my favorite author ever!

        • July 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm

          There’s a Huge smile on my face right now! Thanks!

  • July 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Hi everyone! Hi MaryLu! Sorry I’m so late to the party today. Mondays are a little crazy this summer.

    I love reading all your sea stories and meeting all you land lovers too! I must confess I’m also a land lover. My few experiences at sea ended up with me wishing I had one of those nausea patches behind my ear. 🙂

    Can’t wait to read your book, MaryLu! Thanks again for being my guest!

  • July 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    i just started ‘pleasure boating’ this summer…and love it.
    thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story.

    • July 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Hope you enjoy your boating, Karen! There’s nothing like being on the water!!

  • July 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for the interview! Unlike Mary Lu, I’m a land lover. Give me terra firma any day. I don’t swim, so the water holds little appeal.

    • July 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      That’s okay, Susan. We need some people to stay on land and keep things under control. 🙂

  • July 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I love canoeing on a river or small lake, but put me on large bodies of water and I need the Dramamine for sure! Of course, I just end up sleeping and miss the whole adventure anyway. I would say I’m a little of both as I absolutely leave the beach next to the water!

  • August 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I love the premise of this book! I read one of MaryLu’s a long time ago – one of the ones with pirates in it – and really enjoyed it.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    MaryLu is one of my favourite Christian authors. All her books are so interesting and really enjoyable. At the moment my favourite books are Forsaken Dreams and Surrender the Heart.

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