Christian Historical Fiction Talk

Episode 123 - Marilyn Turk Author Chat

March 29, 2023
Christian Historical Fiction Talk
Episode 123 - Marilyn Turk Author Chat
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Marilyn Turk joins us on the podcast this week, here to talk about her new book, The Escape Game. She chats about the very interesting history behind the story of how a board game maker used Monopoly games sent in Red Cross boxes to sneak the tools Allied POWs would need to escape. It's so very fascinating. She also shares her in-law's love story and how it inspired the love story in The Escape Game. She's a gracious lady, and this is an interview you don't want to miss. 

The Escape Game by Marilyn Turk

After the Nazis started the bombing blitz of England, Beryl Clarke puts her college on hold to return to Leeds, care for her mother, and work as a secretary at the Waddington game company. While she endures the war at home, her brother James fights the enemy in the air. When he is shot down, injured, and captured, James reunites with a former college friend American POW Kenneth Bordelon, and they plan to escape the Nazi prison camp. Beryl knows there is a board game with escape plans being delivered to POWs by the Red Cross. But how can she let them know about the game's secret without revealing the information to the enemy?

Get your copy of The Escape Game by Marilyn Turk.

Marilyn Turk loves to study history, especially that of lighthouses and the coast of the United States. To date, she had written the Coastal Lights Legacy series – four Civil War era historical fiction books set around Florida lighthouses, and two historical suspense stories set in WWII America, The Gilded Curseand Shadowed by a Spy.  Her historical romantic novella, The Wrong Survivor, is part of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Romance Collection. In addition she has written Lighthouse Devotions – 52 Inspiring Lighthouse Stories, based on her popular lighthouse blog. (@

The Florida resident and Louisiana native is a graduate of LSU’s School of Journalism. After moving from the Atlanta area to Florida, Marilyn 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.

Marilyn is also director of the Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat.

Marilyn 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 couple has visited many lighthouses in the country. In 2015, they traveled to Michigan where they saw over forty lighthouses and stayed in one that had been converted to a Bed and Breakfast. And in the summer of 2016, they traveled the east coast where they visited lighthouses from Maine to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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Marilyn is a popular speaker and is available to speak on motivation, writing, and lighthouses.

Visit Marilyn's website.