If you had the opportunity to live on an actual ship out in the ocean, would you leave your home and do so?
In a heartbeat! I adore the sea, always have. I grew up on the beaches of South Florida and now live near the beaches of California. It’s almost like I’ve got some mermaid in me because I can never be far from the sea! But a ship!! Ah, there’s heaven to me. So, yes indeed, bring me that horizon!
Have you ever had the opportunity to “dress-up” for a special occasion as a pirate?
Does wearing a head scarf and an eye patch count? If so, then yes, I sometimes put on my Captain Jack hat and my eye patch while I’m writing. (Just to get into character, of course. Wink) I’ve also been known to draw my flintlock pistol on an intruder now and then, in addition to wielding my 18th century cutlass about my house. But don’t tell too many people. They may come haul me away to the pirate funny farm. (which may not be a bad thing, either)
At what point in your life did you know that you had a talent for writing and who inspired you more to take that talent to the next level of publishing your works?
I have a talent for writing? J Well, gosh, thanks. Actually, I never really knew I had talent. Or should I say, I never thought I did. I did exceptionally well in English classes in college and dabbled with novels and short stories my entire life, but I never thought I was good enough to get published. And as for the inspiration, I’d have to give the credit for that to God. He’s the one who told me to write a novel about a Christian pirate. So I did. Then He’s the one who told me try and get it published. I really didn’t think I stood a chance, but I obeyed anyway. I guess He knew something I didn’t, eh?
What other books/stories do you have in the works for when this series is finished?
I’m working on a single title, Veil of Pearls, set in Charleston, SC 1811 about an escaped slave girl who falls in love with the wealthy son of a plantation owner. At only one-quarter black, she appears white and although she hates slave-owners, once she gets swept up into the glamorous world of Charleston society and falls for Morgan Rutledge, she is desperate to hide her past. It’s a story about putting popularity above God. It is filled with balls and soirees and plays as well as sea-faring adventures. I’m very excited about it!
How do you adequately research something/someplace that is not readily accessible anymore (ie: sailing on a pirate ship) and make it SO real? Do any female pirates exist?
Did female pirates exist? Have ye read me tale, The Red Siren? LOL. Well, actually, history reveals that there were quite a few female pirates. Their stories are quite fascinating. My favorite is Mary Read. She pirated the Caribbean with Calico Jack Rackham and Anne Bonny, another female pirate. Take the time to google her. Her story is better than fiction.
As far as researching ships and sailing, if only you could see my library! I have several books on navigation, tall ships, and pirates. I also read a lot of sea-faring fiction. In addition, I’ve been on several tall ships myself. The HMS Rose, which was the ship built to specification for the movie Master and Commander, was my favorite. I’ve also been on several sloops, brigs, and the USS Constellation anchored in Baltimore. I’ve attended tall ship festivals where I’ve been able to go sailing and fire cannons. Ah, the life!
For fun: do you like dogs or cats better (Why?). Ice cream or yogurt? J
Cats rule. Dogs drool. (Sorry, couldn’t resist) I prefer cats because you have to work to win their affection. They are independent and moody and demanding. Hey, that sounds like most people I know! Anyway, for some reason, those qualities attract me more than a creature who still loves me after I kick him across the room. Not that I do that, mind you! (Egad, I’ve probably lost all my dog-loving readers) Actually, I love all animals and think dogs are the most affectionate loyal creatures I’ve ever known. But still, cats rule.
If I’m going to splurge on some decadent desert, then I’m going to get the real deal. Ice-cream all the way. I do love yogurt too, but why waste calories on 2nd best. Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream for me!
Are you doing any books tours soon, if so where?
Unfortunately, no. I’m not. My publisher isn’t sure that book tours are worth the effort and expense, so they haven’t planned any for me in the near future. I am planning a book signing here in San Jose, CA sometime in the fall if you’re in town!
And for all the fans that are ready to have a mutiny if they don’t contact you soon (!!) where can your readers connect with you?
Ye can find me sailin’ on me website: http://www.marylutyndall.com
Or on me blog: http://www.crossandcutlass.blogspot.com/
Or on me facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/MaryLu-Tyndall-Swashbuckling-Romance/175344859169475
The winner of Mary Ellis's Abigail's New Hope is...
She has been emailed and has a week to get back with me. Thanks all and have a great weekend!!