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We're launching the Book Tour for LIGHT THE WAY by Lin Stepp

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Author Interview

What inspired you to write Light the Way?

My novels are mainly set in the Smoky Mountain area near where I live. However, about five years ago, when talking to my editor at the time, Audrey LaFehr at Kensington, I told her about an idea I had for a three-book series set at our favorite vacation beach - Edisto Island, South Carolina. “I know I write mostly mountain books, but do you think my readers would also enjoy some beach set books?” She laughed and replied, “Everyone loves a trip to the beach, Lin, and I’m sure your readers will, too.” So, around continuing to write a mountain book every year, I also began to work on my new Edisto books. The first in The Edisto Trilogy, titled CLAIRE AT EDISTO, published in 2019… with RETURN TO EDISTO and EDISTO SONG publishing in the two years following. To my joy, readers loved my new Lowcountry stories, and CLAIRE AT EDISTO received the 2019 Best Book of the Year Award in Fiction: Romance in American Book Fest’s national contest. The popularity of the new Edisto books—and the push from readers and book sellers for more—gave me the idea for a new coastal series: The Lighthouse Sisters. Each of these four books will feature one of four sisters—Burke, Gwen, Celeste, and Lila—who grew up at the Deveaux Lighthouse and Inn at the north end of Edisto on small Watch Island. LIGHT THE WAY is the first of these books and it is Burke’s story.

What do you love the most about this story?

My family has been going to Edisto Island for summer vacations since my children were toddlers. It’s a small, lovely, quiet island halfway between Charleston and Beaufort on the South Carolina coast. I loved bringing my readers to this beautiful Lowcountry area in my earlier beach books … and the new Lighthouse Sisters books, set again at Edisto, have been a joy to plan and work on. As a girl I was always fascinated by lighthouses and often wondered what it must have been like to grow up at a lighthouse. In travels, I’ve seen how many of the old lighthouse keeper’s homes have been made into bed-and-breakfast inns for tourists now … so I decided it would be fun to create a story of four sisters growing up at a family inn and lighthouse like one of these. I love how writing books allows you to live out old dreams!

What challenged you about writing it?

The biggest challenge in writing LIGHT THE WAY was the extensive research needed to learn about the operation of lighthouses and about the history of lighthouses for my story. I also spent many hours planning the Deveaux Lighthouse and Inn. The old inn the family operates and lives in, was once the Lighthouse Keeper’s home and it has been in the Deveaux family for generations—so I had a lot of history to create. Since the island is surrounded by water, I also had to research about water travel, boats, the Atlantic coast and its wildlife, marshes and estuaries, seabirds, and all the locale around the island, like trips to nearby Charleston and Beaufort. I use as many real places as possible in all my books, so accuracy was really important to my story. Readers often travel to look for the places I write about, so I wanted to make the setting rich and inviting.

Which character do you most relate to and why?

The main female character in LIGHT THE WAY is Burke, the oldest of the four Deveaux sisters. The story mainly revolves around Burke, who with her mother, keeps the light and helps to run the inn and family business. Her father has recently died and Burke has taken over many of his duties. She works hard and carries heavy responsibilities, which I related to. She is serious and responsible—and has to be, but I loved letting new joys find her as the story progressed. I always “get into the heads and hearts” of my main characters and come to love them as I write my books and this was true with Burke.

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

I hope readers will feel they have visited the beauty of the South Carolina coast after finishing LIGHT THE WAY, and that they will have learned more about this beautiful region, the coast, the marshes, and the life people enjoy who live near the ocean. I also hope they will have learned more about the history and operation of lighthouses …and will have been entertained and blessed coming to know the characters in the story. I also hope readers will be excited to know they can revisit the Deveaux Inn and Lighthouse in three more books to come!

What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

My husband and I love the outdoors, hiking and exploring. We write regional guidebooks together and have three published guidebooks, a hiking guide to Smoky Mountain trails and two state park guidebooks—one to Tennessee state parks and one to South Carolina parks. We hiked the trails to write our hiking guide and we visited and explored all the parks in Tennessee and South Carolina to write our parks guides. This spring or summer, after Book Tour, we hope to start working on a new parks guidebook in North Carolina…. I also love to walk in the parks and neighborhoods near my home, love to read, and love meeting my readers and fans at book signings and events. If your book club reads my book LIGHT THE WAY, I’d be happy to chat with your group on Speaker Phone … and if you don’t live far from me, I love speaking for clubs, organizations, groups, churches, libraries, and at literary festivals. It would be a joy to meet or talk with you!

Light the Way
(The Lighthouse Sisters #1)
By Lin Stepp
Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 292 Pages
April 1, 2022 by Mountain Hill Press

In this new coastal series, Lin Stepp transports her readers into the rich, colorful lives of Burke and her sisters, Lila, Gwen, and Celeste, who grew up at the Deveaux Inn and Lighthouse on a windswept island, accessible only by boat. Get ready to be introduced to the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, challenges and adventures of a Lighthouse Keeper.

Life had grown hard for Burke Deveaux at the family inn and lighthouse since her father died. She missed his warmth and still expected to see him walking into a room, his big laugh booming. Burke and her mother were gradually adjusting to the change, and Lila had come home this winter to help, but the workload was heavy. With spring coming and tourism picking up in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Burke welcomed Hal Jenkins’ request for his son Waylon to work for them. Waylon, retiring early from the Navy, knew the island and the lighthouse, having grown up nearby. Burke also knew Waylon well since they’d grown up together. He’d always been older, and she wondered how he’d see her now.

Waylon had been away from Edisto Island for over twelve years now, traveling around the world in the military, but it felt good to be home. He’d hated learning Lloyd Deveaux was gone, the warm-hearted Lighthouse Keeper he’d followed around as a boy. But he liked the idea of coming to stay at the lodge at Watch Island to help the Deveaux family with the inn, lighthouse, and nearly five-hundred acres of land the Lighthouse Station occupied. He knew Burke had picked up many of her father’s old tasks and he looked forward to seeing her again. He’d kept feelings for her clamped down for years but one look at her brought them surging back. How would he handle that with them working together?

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“This book feels just as tranquil as Edisto and has a wonderful, laid back flow, like beautiful ocean waves lapping up on the shore … you can’t help but fall in love with every facet of this novel.” – Christ F. JUST READS Review

“From the stunning backdrop of the South Carolina Lowcountry … this book was like going home.” – Kim Standridge Boykin, Bestselling Author of Palmetto Moon

“Each book showcases Lin Stepp’s natural gift as a novelist for originality and narrative driven storytelling.” – MIDWEST REVIEW

Tour Schedule
March 28th:
Novels Alive
Cover Lover Book Review
Lady Hawkeye
Rockin' Book Reviews 
April 1st:
Heidi Reads...
Pause for Tales
Bizwings Blog
Teatime and Books

About the Author

Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, businesswoman and educator. A New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, Lin has twenty published novels out now, including her twelve beloved Smoky Mountain novels, all set in different Tennessee and North Carolina locations, three Mountain Home books, a novella in one of Kensington’s Christmas anthologies, and four South Carolina coastal novels, including her three Edisto Trilogy books and her first release in the new Lighthouse Sisters series. Lin and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks, including a published Smoky Mountain hiking guide and a TN and a SC state parks guidebook, all filled with hundreds of color photos. Stepp’s latest 2022 releases are Eight at the Lake, set in Dandridge near the Smoky Mountains, and Light the Way, set at the SC coast. Writing and adventuring are her joys and more novels set in the Smokies and at the beach are on the way, as well as more colorful regional guidebooks. Lin’s title Claire At Edisto was the 2019 Best Book Award Winner in Fiction: Romance, sponsored by American Book Fest and her novel Welcome Back a finalist in the 2017 Selah Awards. Lin enjoys speaking for events, festivals, libraries, and book clubs. And she loves reading, hiking, exploring out of doors, and keeping up with her readers. Look for her pages on Facebook and Twitter and follow her monthly blog and newsletter, too, that you will find on her website at:

Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive print copies of Light the Way, Claire at Edisto, Return to Edisto, and Edisto Song by Lin Stepp, and bookmarks (US only)

Ends April 6, 2022

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