MBA&M: Thank you, MaryLu for spending time with us and our readers today! What a great honor to have you with us! For those who may not know you, please give them some insight into the life of MaryLu Tyndall?

MARYLU: Thank you! I’m so happy to be here.  For those who don’t know me, I’m a cave-dwelling introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, lover of history, hopeless romantic, sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings.   🙂



MBA&M: Please tell us what your inspiration behind writing the “Escape to Paradise” series?

MARYLU: Have you ever been bombarded by so many problems that all you wanted to do was run away and forget everything?  I think all of us have felt that way at one time or another. This series is based on that desire to run away from your problems and start over. Yet the story lines encompass so much more than that. I pitched the series as LOST meets Gone with the Wind. It’s about a group of people longing for a new life, essentially running away from God, yet finding out in the end that their problems came along on the journey with them! Not only that, but each of them discovers their pasts are inextricably linked by a supernatural Hand that brought them each to Brazil for an eternal purpose.



MBA&M: What made you decide to write a story about life after the Civil War, in a new colony in Brazil?

MARYLU: The history is fascinating! I have not run into a single person who knew about this event. For some reason, it seems to have been buried in our history books, yet close to 20,000 Southerners traveled to Brazil after the Civil War. Many more went out west and some to Mexico.  For me, I find the story of a people traveling to an unknown land and forging a life from the wilderness utterly fascinating. Even though my stories are fictional, I felt this was a history that needed to be told.

MBA&M: In “Elusive Hope”, Hayden is seeking revenge. While Magnolia is seeking a way out. Can you give us insight into these two characters?

MARYLU: Hayden is a mix between a bad boy and a charmer. He’s the man who walks into a room and draws every female eye, not just because he’s handsome, but because he has a mesmerizing charm and confidence about him that lures the female heart. But he’s not interested in women. His only interest is in enacting revenge on the man he believes orphaned him at a young age and left him to die on the street–his father–and in order to find him, Hayden had to become a con-man just like him.

Magnolia is a Southern Belle through and through, but a bad decision on her part cost her parents most of their fortune and Magnolia her reputation, and sent them to Brazil for a new start. Accustomed to opulence, she detests the barbarity of Brazil and longs to sail home to reunite with her fiance. Constantly berated by her overbearing father, she has been told that her only value is in her appearance.  Consequently, Magnolia suffers from a severe lack of confidence and an obsession with her looks. 


MBA&M:  Now inquiring minds want to know or me rather..Did you visit Brazil to get your vivid descriptions for this setting?

MARYLU: I wish!  Unfortunately that was not in my budget.  However, thanks to the internet, there are plenty of vivid pictures, videos, and descriptions of that beautiful land. Plus, I used Google-Earth, which is the next best thing to traveling there myself!  I am amazed at how gorgeous Brazil is. They have everything from white sandy beaches to lush tropical jungles to snow-capped mountains. Some day I hope to go there on vacation.


MBA&M: I know you enjoy writing about pirates, will we ever get to see those dastardly pirates,again? If so when can we expect another pirate based story?I enjoy pirates by the way….

MARYLU: Absolutely!   In fact, I’m currently writing a sequel to my pirate series. (About Captain Merrick’s son!)  I’m very excited about the story. It’s set in Port Royal, Jamaica in 1692, right before an earthquake sinks most of the city into the sea. That’s all I can say about it for now, but I hope to release it in early to mid 2014.


MBA&M: I understand you may be on another new and grand adventure, can you give us any details?

MARYLU: Let’s just say that God is asking me to step out of the comfortable boat of traditional publishing and walk on the waves of managing my own career. I’m very excited about this new path in my life and know that whatever God has in store, it will be a grand adventure! 

MBA&M: Besides, writing, thanks for your time and effort to write your wonderful stories by the way! What do you enjoy most in life?

MARYLU: My family, church, my cats, a good book, a great movie, gardening, chocolate and popcorn!

MBA&M: Who would you say is your favorite character in life and in fiction?

MARYLU: My favorite character in fiction. Hmm. . .can I have more than one?  Edmund Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo,  The Scarlet Pimpernel in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Peter Blood in Captain Blood

A few of my favorite characters in life: George Washington and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

MBA&M: Last for not least, please tell our readers how to connect with MaryLu Tyndall and where they may purchase “Elusive Hope”?


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Thank you, MaryLu, for spending time with us and our readers and for your exciting stories!!




  • Series: Escape to Paradise (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing Inc. (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616265973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616265977

*from the author’s website*

Elusive Hope – Escape to Paradise Series Book Two


In a colony named New Hope, while their friends are seeking a Southern utopia. . . .



Hayden is seeking revenge. Relentlessly.


After years of all but selling his soul to track down his scoundrel of a father, Hayden Gale discovers his search must continue in South America, where his father is reported to be helping colonize Brazil. Hayden has nothing more to lose, certainly not a good reputation, and vows to keep pursuing–at any cost–the vile man who he believes killed his mother.



 Magnolia is seeking a way out. Desperately.


She’s in the jungles of Brazil against her will, but what choice does Magnolia Scott have? Her father insisted on uprooting their family to escape the uncertainty of Southern life after the Civil War. But how will she survive without all she holds dear—wealthy suitors, beautiful clothes, summer balls, and slaves waiting on her every whim? She vows to find a way to get back home—and attaches herself to handsome Hayden Gale.


 As they journey toward Rio de Janeiro, they both seek to use the other for their own purposes. Deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans. . . .

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Book 1 – Forsaken Dreams


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forsaken dreams

So without further ado, welcome back, MaryLu……

SONY DSCMBA&M: For those who may not know you, MaryLu, please give them a few tidbits about yourself?

MLT: I was raised on the shores of South Florida, where I grew to love the sea and the tropics and where I spent many hours on the beach dreaming of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes. But life and my own foolishness stole me away from those childhood dreams and sent me on a path spiraling away from God. I ended up living in California and working as a software engineer, of all things, but I was miserable. One day I heard God tell me to write a pirate story. Yes.. I thought I had gone crazy, too.  LOL.  But I wrote it and now 12 novels later, I’m still going strong. Today, I manage a home, husband, and six kids while battling three cats who have decided that my keyboard is the best place to sleep!  I believe that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and my sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.

MBA&M: “FORSAKEN DREAMS” is different from you other titles, what made you decide to write this title? What was your inspiration behind this title.

MLT: Several things inspired this series. First the history is so fascinating. I never knew that so many (tens of thousands) Southerners fled the South after the Civil War for greener pastures. Many went to Mexico, some out west, but several thousand went to Brazil. Their descendants still celebrate there today. Secondly I’m a big fan of the TV show LOST, in particular the jungle setting and the spiritual themes that ran through the show.  I love the supernatural and I saw an opportunity to write a story about a group of settlers who are in a sense, running away from their problems and from God, but who end up being part of an eternal plan that involves a battle between good and evil.   Forsaken Dreams is the account of their voyage to Brazil, during which the reader meets all the characters and discovers their individual reasons for running away. Themes of forgiveness, bitterness, hatred, guilt, rebellion and even Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome are addressed as the colonists face several disasters that threaten their mission and their lives. During the trip, hints are given here and there that something much larger is at stake waiting for them in Brazil, something that originated behind the curtain of the natural world.


MBA&M: We all, or most of us anyway, love sea faring adventures with handsome,tough, sea faring men,and their lovely ladies,but you love anything sea faring,what is the appeal to you?Why?

MLT: I’m always shocked to meet people who actually don’t care for the sea and tall ships! Okay, pirates I can understand a tiny bit. I mean, some of them were pretty nasty. (Not the pirates I write about, of course) But I love the ocean! I could spend hours on the beach (or on a ship) staring at its beauty. It’s never the same. Restless and wild and beautiful with all its swirling colors and foam-capped waves. It reminds me of how powerful and great God is and how small I am, yet how much He loves me. The tall ships of old, to me, are the epitome of romance and adventure. The men who sailed them were the adventurers and explorers of their day, untamed men who craved freedom and life! Who can resist a man like that?


MBA&M:  Why Brazil for the setting of “FORSAKEN DREAMS”?

MLT: The entire series, Escape to Paradise, is based on actual historic fact.  Some historians estimate that close to 20,000 Southerners sailed to Brazil after the Civil War. Battle-weary, in mourning, and disillusioned, they wanted to escape the punishment of the North and recreate their Southern way of life in Brazil.  Though many ended up returning, several thousand remained and started new lives. Some moved to cities such as Rio de Janeiro, while others started colonies. One such colony became the city of Americana where today descendants of these Southerners still celebrate their ancestry.


MBA&M: How many books will be in the “Escape to Paradise” series”?

MLT: Three. Forsaken Dreams follows the colonists as they sail from Charleston, SC to Rio de Janeiro. Along the way they encounter several disasters that threaten not only their voyage but their lives. Elusive Hope and Abandoned Memories follow their struggles as they set up a colony in the jungle. Each book is a romance wherein two of the colonists fall in love. (Of course!) Yet, each book offers a great adventure and an unveiling of the real purpose (God’s purpose) they are in Brazil as they discover there is more in the jungle than just flora and fauna!


MBA&M: How hard is it to write sea faring adventures, and where do you find your research for your titles?

MLT: Writing is hard work, no matter what you’re writing, but it is definitely easier when you write about something you love. That’s why I always tell new writers to follow their hearts, write their passions. For me I have three passions: Tall ships and the sea, romance, and God.  Yet, even with things you love, you still must do research. I have a library of books about tall ships and sailing and the history of sailing, pirates, general history, culture, etc…  I also do some of my research online, though you must be careful to verify your sources. It takes a lot of work and focus to do the research required to write each story. Every plot is different and every location and time period are different, so it’s like starting over with each new book!


MBA&M: What motivates you to write?

MLT: I love to write! I don’t really need motivation. It is who I am and who God made me to be. Even if I wasn’t going to be published, I would still write.


MBA&M: What was your favorite scene and which was your hardest scene to write in “FORSAKEN DREAMS”?

MLT: Hmm. That will be hard to say without giving away too much of the plot!  Let’s just say that the heroine, Eliza, harbors a secret that could not only ruin her life, but cause her death, and there’s a scene where that secret comes to light. I know this makes me sound sadistic, but I really enjoyed writing that scene! There were so many emotions flying around between the characters! Jealousy, Shock, Hatred, Love, Pain. Ah.. so much fun to write!   The most difficult scene came toward the end when the hero and heroine are about to get together but another secret is revealed that causes the hero much pain.  By that time, you see, I’ve fallen in love with my characters and I actually hate to hurt them!


MBA&M: Who is your favorite secondary character and why?

MLT: Definitely Hayden Gale, who is the hero in book 2. Hayden is confidence man (con-man) who stowed away on the ship. He’s the charming bad boy with a wounded heart that drives him on a lifelong search for the man whom he blames for his mother’s death. He wears his anger as a shield to protect what turns out to be a very sensitive, kind heart.


ElizaCrawfordMBA&M: Let’s look forward: “FORSAKEN DREAMS” is to become a movie, BlakeWallacewho would you want as your hero/heroine and your secondary characters?

MLT: I’ll attach pictures of how I see the Eliza and Grant (hero and heroine in Forsaken Dreams)  They aren’t really actors that I know of. At least not famous ones. However, if you’d like to see how I picture all the characters in the series, I encourage you to go view my Pinterest page There’s some great pictures of Brazil too!


MBA&M: Thank you, MaryLu, for visiting with us and our readers today. We always enjoy your visits. Please tell our readers where to connect with you and where they can purchase their copy of  “FORSAKEN DREAMS”?

Thank you, April!! This was fun. 🙂







Thank you, for taking the time to spend a few moments with us and our readers. What a joy to have you with us today!




forsaken dreams

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616265965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616265960

Book Description(Amazon)

Publication Date: March 1, 2013 | Series: Escape to Paradise (Book 1)

Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?

First in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall, Forsaken Dreams launches readers on a romantic adventure as Colonel Blake Wallace leaves the war-torn South behind to build a utopian society in Brazil. But will unexpected dangers on the ship and the secret of one captivating lady keep him from beginning anew?

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