The Lighthouse: My Inspiration — Karin Beery

Today I’m excited to welcome author Karin Beery as she shares about her love for lighthouses and how one inspired her story.

Have you ever visited a lighthouse? Gotten a tour? What about staying in one?

I grew up along Michigan’s western shoreline, and it was a typical high school thing for us to park at the beach and walk the break wall out to the lighthouse (and maybe jump off the break wall before the Coast Guard posted “no diving” signs). Between that and the original Pete’s Dragon, I developed a deep love for lighthouses. Imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity to stay in one!

Several years ago, I had the privilege of staying at the Old Mission lighthouse in Traverse City, Michigan. My husband was friends with the park superintendent who lived in the lighthouse. Occasionally his friend would go away for the weekend, and my husband would fill in to cover park duties.

It wasn’t at all what I’d expected! Instead of dingy and crowded, the living quarters were bigger than our first home with windows in each wall allowing sunlight to slip into every room. Instead of a peaceful stay with an amazing view, there was non-stop traffic and visitors all night long (thought the view was incredible!). While my expectations went unmet, the reality was so much better. The memories still inspire me more than a decade later.

That was early in my writing career, and I knew I had to set one of my stories at a lighthouse, but not just any lighthouse – I set my story at the Old Mission lighthouse. While most of the situations in the story are fictitious, a few were inspired by actual events. I’ll let you figure out which ones.

Are you a fan of lighthouses? Why or why not? And if you have a favorite, please share!


Elementary school music teacher Callie Stevens thinks she’s finally figured out God’s plan for her life—she even made a list to keep her on track.

Moving in with her brother and reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend are at the top of the list. What’s not on the list is running into her childhood crush, Ryan. God wanted her to connect with Kyle, right?

Trying to figure out God’s plan is hard enough. But a dating-averse older brother, the young blonde who adores him, a pregnant best friend, and Callie’s continual mishaps make her wonder whether her best laid plans were truly God-inspired.

Get your copy of Summer Plans and Other Disasters here!

About Karin:

Born and raised in Michigan, Karin Beery wrote her first novel in high school (mostly during government and psychology classes – sorry Mr. Winkle). Today she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When not writing fiction, she’s editing or teaching others at conferences and through the PEN Institute. When not engaged in writerly pursuits, she enjoys time at home in Northern Michigan with her husband and fur babies.



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