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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