It’s Complicated

I Remembered You Oh God and I Groaned

I remembered You, O God and I groaned (Psalm 77:3, NIV) This is the favorite verse of the main character, Samantha Hart, in my latest novel, One Among Men. She got this verse from me. It was my first favorite and the very first I’d ever memorized when I began studying the Good Book in … Continue reading »

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Why I Created the Character “Preacher”

  One of the interesting things I’ve found since the release of One Among Men, is the almost universal regard of the 6’8” muscle-bound African-American dude-from-the-hood character nick-named Preacher. Many reviews state how they loved Chris and Samantha, the main characters … but they really loved Preacher. My sister, after having read the manuscript some … Continue reading »

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What to Do about the “Us vs. Them” in Publishing!

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen some interesting articles talking about the “Us vs. Them” battle lines being drawn between indie authors and traditional publishing. Though I have recently been known to tout the benefits of indie (both as author and as reader) I do not believe one is better than the other—just different. … Continue reading »

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To Build a Better Bookstore

As I watch the hub-bub surrounding the Amazon-Hachette dispute, and I read tales of publisher price-fixing and retailers with missing “buy” buttons for certain books produced by certain publishers, I get a little queasy. I am reminded that selfishness exists in the world and the temptations that come with the all-out desire for power are … Continue reading »

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Why This Published Author Decided to Self-Publish! By MaryLu Tyndall

The writing industry is changing. And in my opinion, for the better! I am the author of more than fourteen novels, all historical romances, all published by Barbour Publishing. I started my career back in 2005 when I received my first contract for a Christian Pirate trilogy, and it’s been a wild ride ever since! … Continue reading »

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Writer As Creator

One of the amazing things about being a writer is how it gives one a glimpse of what it is like to be God. No, I do not have the power to alter realities … but I do have the power to alter “unrealities.” And oh what an exciting prospect. I can make new worlds … Continue reading »

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Should You Write A Life-Changing Book?

I have a pet peeve. Okay, maybe more than one, but I’ll only rant about the one for now. I’ve always loved how God created this vast world with so many different parts. Different cultures, different music, different people with different gifts, and … different books. So why is it that people still go on … Continue reading »

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Do You Need Me to Like Your Book?

Acts 13:45 “When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was saying.” Okay, confession time. I’m going to tell you something that often gets me in trouble, but I hope you will understand my motive is to encourage you. I do not like all the books … Continue reading »

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Eek! I’m Becoming My Characters!!!

I used to have bone-straight hair. Really! I’d curl it with every kind of apparatus available to vain young women, but the hair just wanted to point down like it had weights attached to the ends. What happened? First Chris, then Tiffany—my characters—that’s what. I don’t know about you, but when I write people I … Continue reading »

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Should You Self-Publish Your Novel?

I confess, I do not usually encourage authors to self-publish. Why? Because, though I’ve seen some gems among the throngs of those plunging into the deep alone, I’ve also seen writing which lacked the benefit of a team of eyes ensuring the end-result will communicate that which the author intended in a way that engaged … Continue reading »

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