Welcome Mary Lu Tyndall!


Welcome to my blog, Mary Lu. I just finished reading
The Restitution.
It’s great. Will there be another book following this one?

Hi Diana! Thanks for having me on. No, I’m sorry to say, there will not be another book in the pirate series at this time. I do get a ton of emails asking for more books, so perhaps in the future, there will be another “Legacy of the King’s Pirates.”

Pirates are fascinating to read about but how do you do your research?

Not being able to go back in time and join a pirate crew really limited my research! LOL. Although I doubt I would have made a good pirate (I still have all my teeth) and they would have probably made me walk the plank or something else equally hideous! I use a variety of research methods. I read many books, both fiction and non-fiction, watched as many pirate movies as I could get my hands on (Go Errol Flynn!) and made a trip to the Florida keys to sail aboard a real pirate vessel. I love this job!

I’ve always wanted to know what really happens to pirate treasure. After it’s taken and they store it in massive trunks in the bottom of the ship how do they turn their spoils into money?

Aye, the treasure! It all be about the treasure! Pirates did what all thieves do, even to this day, they spent what they could easily spend (the Spanish doubloons, the Pieces of Eight, the gold and silver coins) and they sold the rest of the things (jewels, coffee, tobacco, pearls) for money—which they promptly turned around and spent!. Pirates were notorious for spending every penny they stole. Rarely did they ever bury their treasure anywhere, as most of us have heard in pirate stories.

How does the captain keep his crew from taking from the stolen treasure? Do they each have a trunk and it gets filled from the spoils each time?

When any man joins a pirate crew, he must sign the Pirate Articles for that ship. These are rules made up by the captain and enforced on penalty of death. One of those rules would always be that any man caught stealing more than his share of the plunder would be killed (in some heinous way which I won’t describe here). Normally that was enough to deter any of the pirates from stealing treasure that wasn’t theirs—especially since not only just the captain would be angry but the whole crew of violent miscreants would be after him as well.

I think of pirates as homeless but in Redemption you mention the ships must be taken out of the water every few months to scrape the sides and bottom so were there pirate safety islands were everyone gets along while the ships are cleaned? Did pirates during this time period have a home besides their ships?

Normally, the ships were the only homes the pirates knew. They spent so much time at sea, that they didn’t feel “at home” on land. Many of the pirates had a “home” port that they would return to where they were usually welcomed among fellow pirates and where they could spend their “hard-earned” money on food, rum and women. The careening of a ship only took a few days and was often preformed on some secluded island away from any civilization. This was a very vulnerable time for any pirate because if he was caught during this time, he would lose his ship, and possibly his life as well.

What difficulties have you had in getting your books published since pirates are not known to be God loving men?

Surprisingly, None. The three book series was picked up only a month after my agent submitted it. Yes, I see your mouth hanging open. I was just as shocked. That’s why I really believe it was a God thing. The timing, the movies just coming out.. everything just fell into place.

Thank you for spending time here today. Is there anything you would like to share with my readers?

I pray you do not let the “pirate” theme dissuade you from picking up my books. Though there are indeed some nasty pirates, there are wonderful swashbuckling heroes and daring, alluring heroines. These stories are filled with romance and adventure, all interwoven with a strong message of God’s love and His power to changes lives. My one and only purpose in this life is to glorify God in whatever I do—to show others that He is on the throne and He loves us and has a grand adventure planned for every one of His children.

Thanks to all of you, and God Bless!

Weclome to my blog, MaryLu. I just finished reading The Restitution. It’s great. Will there be another book following this one?

Hi Diana! Thanks for having me on. No, I’m sorry to say, there will not be another book in the pirate series at this time. I do get a ton of emails asking for more books, so perhaps in the future, there will be another “Legacy of the King’s Pirates.”

Pirates are fascinating to read about but how do you do your research?

Not being able to go back in time and join a pirate crew really limited my research! LOL. Although I doubt I would have made a good pirate (I still have all my teethl) and they would have probably made me walk the plank or something else equally hideous! I use a variety of research methods. I read many books, both fiction and non-fiction, watched as many pirate movies as I could get my hands on (Go Errol Flynn!) and made a trip to the Florida keys to sail aboard a real pirate vessel. I love this job!

I’ve always wanted to know what really happens to pirate treasure. After it’s taken and they store it in massive trunks in the bottom of the ship how do they turn their spoils into money?

Aye, the treasure! It all be about the treasure! Pirates did what all thieves do, even to this day, they spent what they could easily spend (the Spanish doubloons, the Pieces of Eight, the gold and silver coins) and they sold the rest of the things (jewels, coffee, tobacco, pearls) for money—which they promptly turned around and spent!. Pirates were notorious for spending every penny they stole. Rarely did they ever bury their treasure anywhere, as most of us have heard in pirate stories.

How does the captain keep his crew from taking from the stolen treasure? Do they each have a trunk and it gets filled from the spoils each time?

When any man joins a pirate crew, he must sign the Pirate Articles for that ship. These are rules made up by the captain and enforced on penalty of death. One of those rules would always be that any man caught stealing more than his share of the plunder would be killed (in some heinous way which I won’t describe here). Normally that was enough to deter any of the pirates from stealing treasure that wasn’t theirs—especially since not only just the captain would be angry but the whole crew of violent miscreants would be after him as well.

I think of pirates as homeless but in Redemption you mention the ships must be taken out of the water every few months to scrape the sides and bottom so were there pirate safety islands were everyone gets along while the ships are cleaned? Did pirates during this time period have a home besides their ships?

Normally, the ships were the only homes the pirates knew. They spent so much time at sea, that they didn’t feel “at home” on land. Many of the pirates had a “home” port that they would return to where they were usually welcomed among fellow pirates and where they could spend their “hard-earned” money on food, rum and women. The careening of a ship only took a few days and was often preformed on some secluded island away from any civilization. This was a very vulnerable time for any pirate because if he was caught during this time, he would lose his ship, and possibly his life as well.

What difficulties have you had in getting your books published since pirates are not known to be God loving men?

Surprisingly, None. The three book series was picked up only a month after my agent submitted it. Yes, I see your mouth hanging open. I was just as shocked. That’s why I really believe it was a God thing. The timing, the movies just coming out.. everything just fell into place.

Thank you for spending time here today. Is there anything you would like to share with my readers?

I pray you do not let the “pirate” theme dissuade you from picking up my books. Though there are indeed some nasty pirates, there are wonderful swashbuckling heroes and daring, alluring heroines. These stories are filled with romance and adventure, all interwoven with a strong message of God’s love and His power to changes lives. My one and only purpose in this life is to glorify God in whatever I do—to show others that He is on the throne and He loves us and has a grand adventure planned for every one of His children.

Thanks to all of you, and God Bless!

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7 Responses to Welcome Mary Lu Tyndall!

  1. Great interview! I found it so fascinating hearing about how Mary Lu wrote the book and the research she did. Sounds like a ton of fun!

  2. Diana says:

    Thanks for reading Jen! Her books are fantastic as well. I enjoyed the entire series.

  3. Ahoy there! Just dropping anchor to say thank you so much Diana for having me on your blog! I absolutely loved answering your questions…very inventive! And I’m thrilled you enjoyed my pirate series! And yes, Jennifer, sometimes the research is the best part! Thanks for dropping in. Have a blessed and restful weekend.God Bless

  4. Diana says:

    Mary Lu it was fun interviewing you! I will say I was a bit nervous though since you’re a math major and I run from numbers! I had a feeling you might be stuffy. 🙂 I’m so glad you aren’t!

  5. Stuffy? Surely you jest! I hated Math, acutally. Another bizarre episode in my life, which I won’t go into now. The only Math I do now is counting the number of words in my novel (and WORD does that for me quite nicely) LOL

  6. Diana says:

    NO jest here! I’m comforted to know you’re a normal writer after all. 🙂 I love the word count on Word –most days. Somedays I think it doesn’t count correctly because I just know I’ve written more!

  7. Sara says:

    Great interview, it was interesting to read about how she came up with the ideas for the books, I was wondering the same thing. I still need to read the second book, but I loved the first and third one!

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