Today on the blog, I am so excited to be hosting one of my favorite authors! I fell in love with MaryLu Tyndall’s writings around 6 years ago when I found her pirate series. She writes wonderful historical romances that have strong inspirational themes of faith. If you love Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll love her books! Today, she is talking about how her faith influences her creativity.
Creating Alongside the Best Creator of All!
Have you ever gone outside to a park, to the beach, or gone hiking and looked around at all the beauty and thought, “Wow, what a creative mind God has!”? Think of every little detail He had to plan, create, and orchestrate so that planet earth would be so lush and gorgeous, from the stunning blue sky down to the tiniest colorful details in the petal of a fuchsia. Amazing. God is a creator, and He planted that great ability within man. He gave to some the ability to create businesses, to others, computers, to others, paintings, clothing, movies etc, and to authors He gave the ability to create stories. If you’ve read the Bible, you know that God is the ultimate story-teller. So, it goes without saying that when I sit down to write a novel, I rely on the One who is the best Creator of all!
Yes, there are great story-tellers who do not rely on God and who don’t know Him, but they are simply using the ability He gave them. Trouble is they don’t know it or thank Him for it. But for me, my faith in God is the only reason I write, and the only way I can write is through the ideas He gives me. Normally, he plants an idea for a new book in my head. Just a hint of an idea, a character, a storyline. I may ponder it for quite a while, put it away for some time, only to bring it out later. I pray over it and often, as time passes, I can actually see scenes in my head of the story—like clips of a movie. That’s when I know it’s time to start writing.
For me, my novels are not just stories, but messages that God wants to give to those who read my books. It is these spiritual themes which are the driving force behind my plot and characters, which keep the story moving toward a grand conclusion. What amazes me is that I often feel the hand of God helping me to weave the message seamlessly within the story. Without His guidance, I don’t believe I could do this so effectively.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter what you create, whether it’s a novel, garden, cake, clothing line, painting, or business plan, God can help you! He planted within each of us unique skills, talents, and desires for a purpose, so of course He wants to help you make the best use of those things. The key is to pray and then listen. You won’t hear a voice or get an email, but you’ll feel led in a certain way, an idea will pop into your head, you’ll get excited about a task. When that happens, pray, dedicate it to the Lord and ask for His help. He never turns down a request like that from one of His children!
MaryLu Tyndall has a new book in her Pirate series that just released! Here’s more information about it:
Captain Reena Charlisse Hyde always gets what she wants. She wanted to be the best female pirate on the Caribbean and she is. She wants to find the mythical Fountain of Youth and she knows the location of the map. And now after searching across the Caribbean for the man she intends to marry, she has found him. There are only two problems. He doesn’t want to be found, and he’s on board a Royal Navy frigate—the last place a pirate should venture.
Frederick Carlton thought he was finally safe from the woman who held his heart. But her attempt to rescue him labels him a deserter from the Royal Navy. He’s turned his life over to God and plans on being a preacher, but every moment he spends with Reena drives him deeper into a past he longs to forget.
Mutinies, deserted islands, treasure maps, battles, traitors, and villains send the couple sailing on a tsunami of adventure throughout the Caribbean in search of the Fountain of Youth. Frederick longs to escape the lure of the woman he loves. Reena longs for Frederick to love her again. But in the end, they will both have to choose between eternal youth or the lives of everyone they love.
A Christy Award finalist and winner of two Inspirational Readers’ Choice awards, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years. Trapped in a land-locked cubicle, she was often seen pounding furiously upon the keyboard during her lunch hour, creating what would become her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, all the while believing God’s promise to her that, “If you write it, I will get it published”. And He did! Twenty-five books later, her loving husband and six children still haven’t gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, little scalawag grandkids, and several stray 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.
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