Marilyn Turk loves to study history, especially that of lighthouses and the coast of the United States. Her recent releases are A Gilded Curse, a historical suspense novel set in 1942; and Lighthouse Devotions - 52 Inspiring Lighthouse Stories, based on her popular lighthouse blog, pathwayheart.com.
The Niceville resident and Louisiana native is a graduate of LSU’s School of Journalism. After moving from the Atlanta area to Niceville, Turk retired from a career in food service sales and began her next career as a writer. Her work has appeared in a number of inspirational publications including Guideposts magazine, A Joyful Heart, A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Daily Guideposts, The Upper Room, Clubhouse Jr. magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Lighthouse Digest magazine.
Turk has always liked lighthouses, but when she saw her first lighthouse in person—the Pensacola Lighthouse—she was hooked. Now her husband Chuck is also a lighthouse enthusiast, and the two have visited many lighthouses across the country. In 2015, they traveled to Michigan where they saw over 40 lighthouses and stayed in one that had been converted to a bed and breakfast. This summer, they traveled the east coast where they visited lighthouses from Maine to the outer banks of North Carolina.
They took their lighthouse interest a step further when they served as voluntary caretakers at the Little River Lighthouse off the coast of Cutler, Maine. This year marked their second stint at the lighthouse, but the first with their seven-year-old grandson. The lighthouse is located on an island at the southern tip of the Bay of Fundy whose tidal change can be from 15 to 18 feet.
Although Turk is a diehard southerner, she loved their little lighthouse home. “It’s a totally different world than any I’ve ever lived in,” she says. “The weather is seldom really hot, with highs maybe in the low 80s, and can change daily. The first summer we stayed at the island, we ran fans one day and the next had to turn on space heaters. But the beauty and almost uncivilized landscape is wonderfully refreshing. Plus we loved the people of the friendly small town, where almost all are lobster fishermen.”
Turk is currently working on a four-book series of Civil War era novels, all set in Florida and each involving a different lighthouse. The first in the series, Rebel Light, is available on Kindle now and in print soon. When she’s not writing or climbing lighthouses, the author enjoys playing tennis, boating, fishing and gardening.
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