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A pirate, a Great Lakes shipping captain, a dashing Italian spy, and the lonely, pregnant young mother who loved them all.

Loralei Lancaster, a lonely, pregnant young mother and lighthouse keeper on the Great Lakes is caught up in a WWII espionage plot while waiting for her shipping-captain husband, Devon, to return from a Great Lakes voyage. When a dashing, Italian spy posing as a down-and-out art dealer and handyman enters her life and seduces her, she must ultimately choose between her passionate love for him and her love for Devon, her family and her country.

TheBigThrill had a chance to speak with author Terri Greening about her World War II Great Lakes thriller, THE LADY OF THE LIGHTHOUSE:

In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?

I hope readers will find inspiration to carry on through the hard times from Loralei’s love, strength and courage and Devon’s struggles to overcome his grief.

Terri Greening

Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?

I read a history book about the Great Lakes during WWII and thought it was interesting that the Soo Locks was under military protection during that time.

A novel is such a major undertaking; there’s the writing of it, of course, then you’re spending months and months revising, polishing, and then promoting it. How did you know this was the book you wanted to spend the next couple of years on?

I am interested in lighthouses and shipwrecks, especially in the Great Lakes region because I live in Michigan, and I wanted to write about them.

What can you share about what you’re working on next?

I am writing a mystery novel and a suspense novel.


Terri Greening is a creative writer in the Great Lakes region. She enjoys yoga, gardening, nature parks, walking, and biking. She has a B.A. in journalism from Central Michigan University and an M.B.A. from Grand Valley State University.

To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.


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