MaryLu Tyndall’s imagination has taken her to many exotic locales to meet many extraordinary beings. Today, she has someone special to introduce to us—the heroine of her latest novel, Tears of the Sea—Perdita.
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Thank you for coming, Perdita. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name, Perdita, means Lost Woman. Odd name I realize but my father predicted I’d be lost when I grew up so I was stuck with it. Turns out, he really wasn’t too far off. Another thing you should know about me is that I’m very beautiful and I’m 318 years old.
Wow, 318. You look great. What beauty products do you use?
How nice of you to say! Thank you. I made my own beauty products. I use a lovely seaweed-sand scrub to exfoliate, a sea cucumber mask, and kelp and whale oil as a moisturizer! I could make you some if you like. However, the best beauty secret I have is getting cursed to live forever as a fish. I’m sure we could find a warlock somewhere to cast a spell on you too if you like.
I’d love the whale oil … I think. I’ll pass on the curse though. But really, 318!!! No plastic surgery?
Plastic? Sorry, I have no idea what that is. I don’t often come on land.
Tell us three things about yourself that would surprise our readers.
1. I’m a mermaid. 2. I’m a mermaid 3. I’m a mermaid.
That’s one of those things with the, uh … (Connie looks to Perdita’s fins slapping against the tile floor) … oh!
Do you have a profession? If so, tell us about it.
I fear mermaids don’t have professions. We are fish, after all. Though I have heard that some of my fellow mermaids enjoy singing a man into a stupor and then dragging him to the depths for a meal. And I don’t mean having him home for dinner. (wink)
Gulp! Glad I’m not a man.
As a child or teenager, what did you dream of doing?
I was one of two girls born to a poor shepherd who wanted boys instead. My father wasn’t a cruel man, but he wasn’t loving either. I suppose all I ever dreamed of was marrying a man who truly loved me and who could rescue me from my depressing poverty.
What is your favorite thing to do now?
On sea or on land?
Both, I guess.
Well, on sea, I love swimming with the dolphins. Do you know they are quite intelligent creatures? Far more so than most men I’ve met! On land, I love to EAT EAT EAT!! Can you imagine eating naught but fish and seaweed for 10 years? By the time I am able to come on land, the first thing I do is seek out a good meal. Beef, pork, pudding, cake, ahhhh.. and fresh biscuits with butter and jam. Yum!
Yeah, but I bet with all that seaweed, your thyroid is in GREAT condition.
Share something about your day-to-day life that might help a reader to feel as though they know you a little better.
I swim, I catch fish and crabs to eat. I travel the Ancient Seas seeking ships I can swim alongside of and pretend I’m on board talking with all the people like I’m normal and have friends. Sound exciting? It isn’t! Not after 300 years.
I guess not.
When did things change dramatically in your life?
When that vile evil sorcerer Forwin cast a curse upon me and turned me into a mermaid! Don’t you think that would change someone’s life dramatically?
Um … yes?
Who are the most important people in your life today, and why?
People? Surely you jest! I only have a month on land every 10 years. Not exactly enough time to form lasting friendships. Besides, the men who I thought fell in love with me, all abandoned me.
Oh, that’s awful!
Who do you despise the most?
That EVIL and vile spineless toad of a wizard, Forwin!
(Connie flinches) Remind me not to get on your bad side.
What is your current life goal?
To find a man who loves me enough to die for me, of course. That’s the only thing that will break the curse! You would think that would be an easy task, I mean, look at me (she waves a hand over her curvaceous figure, but then shakes her head) But it appears that sort of love does not exist.
What things stand in the way of achieving that goal?
Stupid, shallow, self-serving men who only want one thing from me and lie when they profess their love.
In three words describe yourself.
Beautiful, hopeless, desperate
Are you an introvert, extravert or somewhere in between?
I beg your pardon?
Well … do you prefer to be around a lot of people or just by yourself?
People! People! I hate being alone! Do you know what it’s like to spend 10 years talking to nobody but dolphins and crabs?
Actually … no.
What inspires you to carry on?
I must break this curse!! More than anything I want to be human again, mortal. I want to have friends and attend parties and do something productive with my time. I want to marry, have children, and grow old. (She sighs) But after 300 years of trying to break the curse, I’m beginning to doubt I ever will.
What has life taught you?
Never make a bargain with an evil warlock. You would do well to keep that in mind.
I think I’ll take your advice there.
If you could ask a friend to share one deep insight, who would that be and what would you ask him or her?
Until recently, I haven’t had any friends. However, in my brief time on land this time, I’ve met a man, Savion. He’s unlike any man I’ve ever met. I suppose I would love to ask him how he can resist me? And what causes him to be so honorable and good when everyone else I’ve met is so self-serving.
Do you have any advice for those behind you?
Quit following me! You’ll never catch a mermaid. We are far too fast.
What is the most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done?
Jumped off a 100 foot cliff into a burning fire. You would think that would have killed me, but, alas, I survived! Immortality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
MaryLu, thank you for bringing Perdita here today. Can you tell us where fans can find out more about her or any of your other books on the internet?
READERS: Don’t forget to leave your email below by December 11, 2014 to enter to win a copy of Tears of the Sea. Ebook or paperback(within the US). A winner will be announced here on December 12, 2014.
Here’s what you’ll be getting …
Tears of the Sea
Doomed by the evil warlock Forwin to wander the ancient seas as a mermaid for all eternity, Perdita longs for the release death would bring. Every ten years she has a chance to break the curse when she emerges from the sea fully human for one month. The catch? She must find a man willing to die for her.
Captain Savion Ryne wants nothing to do with beautiful women. It was one such woman whose betrayal ruined his life and his reputation. After nearly drowning in a storm at sea, he wakes on an island with visions of a dark haired mermaid pulling him from the water. When a woman similar in appearance begs for his protection, he is suspicious.
Perdita has never met anyone as honorable as Savion. Even though he shuns her every advance, she falls for him. But as the end of her time on land approaches, she faces the hardest decision of all, save Savion and remain cursed for all eternity or break the curse and watch the man she loves die.
Best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida’s Coast. With more than fourteen 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. A Christy award nominee, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, and several stray cats on the California coast.
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