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Medieval knights and castles? Yes, please! I am excited to introduce you to MaryLu Tyndall today! Have you read any of her books? I keep hearing wonderful things, but I have not yet had an opportunity to read. I’m thinking I need to remedy this… 😉 Before we meet MaryLu, let’s take a quick look at her newest novel, She Walks in Power.
Alexia D’Clere didn’t ask to be Protector of the Spear, but after her dying mother gave her the tiny metal object and made her promise to keep it safe, she had no choice. Orphaned at age eight, she began to take over the running of her parent’s castle with the help of a trusted steward. Yet, when a plot to murder her was revealed, a friar whisked her away to live hidden in the forest. There, she learned to shoot expertly with bow and arrow and hone her skills to see into the spirit realm.
Now, at eighteen, Alexia continues to keep the Spear protected, provide meat for the starving village, while secretly caring for her ill sister who still lives in the castle. With Alexia’s powers of spiritual discernment and her skill as an archer, she is no match for those who come for the spear. That is until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King’s elite guard.
Ronar desires nothing more than to do his duty to God and King and pay penance for past sins. Yet a forest sprite with red, flaming hair blocks his every move, all the while enchanting him like no other. Something evil lurks at Castle Luxley, and both Ronar and Alexia are soon thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle which will not only test their very beliefs, but put them both in mortal danger.
Welcome, MaryLu! What inspired you to write this series, or this novel in particular?
The series is called Protectors of the Spear, the spear being the one the Roman soldier stabbed Christ with, or the famed Spear of Destiny. My inspiration was a desire to reveal the power available to those who believe in Jesus: the power in His name, the power to prophecy, defeat demons, heal, and see into the spirit world. So many Christians are not taught these things and often feel uneasy at the mention of them. I want to show how they should be a natural part of the lives of those who have put their faith in Jesus.
In the first novel, She Walks in Power, my heroine can see into the spirit realm—angels, demons, etc—and she uses that power to protect the Spear of Destiny from those who would abuse its power. Of course there just so happens to be a handsome knight who is seeking the spear in order to bring it to the King.
Because we must have a handsome hero. 😉 What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
That God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, that He will never leave you, He loves you without measure, and that you can experience what is “the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe.” Ephesians 1:19
Those are some great truths! Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them?
Yes. Alexia, the heroine often allows her emotions to run rampant and cloud her good judgement. I have to admit that is one of my biggest problems. I’m a super emotional person, especially when it comes to something involving a loved one (as it does with Alexia in the story), so I can definitely relate to all the blunders she makes and her inability to focus on God when she is emotional.
I wonder how many of us could relate to that! Aside from reading and writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I have Aquarium which is a saltwater reef tank, complete with many colorful corals, shrimp, crabs and fish. It’s a lot of fun and I get to have a little slice of the sea right in my room.
How fun! I’ve had freshwater aquariums, but the really cool fish are saltwater fish! If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
Israel. I am dying to see the Holy land and walk where Jesus walked.
That would be amazing! If you could live during the time period of your novel, would you? Why or why not?
No way. Despite the romantic tales of knights and princesses in medieval times, it was not a pleasant time period. Most people were peasants and life was really hard. No plumbing, no electricity, scarcity, disease, hard work, and no rights. No thanks!
We certainly do focus on the pieces we like, don’t we? Authors are busy people. How do you juggle all of the demands on your time, so that you can maintain your sanity?
Hmm. I have discovered that sanity is overrated.
LOL! That’s good to know! 😉 Can you share (briefly) about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
Yes, that people’s opinions of me don’t matter. Of course we all know that we should only care about God’s opinion, and we know that the fear of man is a snare (Prov. 29:25) but let’s face it, man’s approval has a way of making us elated or making us hate ourselves. When that happens we know that we aren’t looking to God for our value, but to men. And that will always fail us.
Social media makes that a challenge, too, as we compare “likes” and “followers” and whatnot, when really, none of that matters. What is your favorite part of the writing/editing/publishing process?
The actual writing is my favorite, though it is probably the hardest part. But I love diving into my story world. I also love helping design my cover and picking out Pinterest photos that go along with my story.
I’m almost afraid to spend too much time on Pinterest. I could easily get lost in there for days! If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
Study the craft of writing. I read so many books from new authors who really haven’t even learned the basics. They may have a natural talent to write, but they still need to learn the skills. After that, however, I always encourage new writers to write the story burning on their hearts. I know other authors disagree and tell you to write what publishers want to see so you can potentially get a contract, but if your heart isn’t really in the story, it will show. Plus, as Christian authors, God didn’t call us to write for the market, but for Him, and He has certain people already chosen to be blessed by your story. Lastly, never give up.
Great advice! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us, MaryLu!
Your turn! Are you a Pinterest fan? What’s your favorite social media platform?
Award-winning 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 eighteen books published, she makes no excuses for the spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. 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, three grandchildren, and three cats on the California coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea.
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