Dr. Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, a businesswoman, and an educator. She is on adjunct faculty at Tusculum College where she teaches research and has taught a wide variety of psychology and counseling courses for over 16 years. Her business background includes over 25 years in marketing, sales, production art, and regional publishing. She has editorial and writing experience in regional magazines and in the academic field. Stepp has nine published novels each set in different locations around the Smoky Mountains. Her novels published by Kensington Publishing include Down by the River (June 2014), Makin’ Miracles (January 2015), Saving Laurel Springs (October 2015) and Welcome Back (March 2016) as well as a short novella A Smoky Mountain Gift included in the 2014 Christmas anthology, featuring Fern Michaels, and titled When the Snow Falls. Previous titles include: Second Hand Rose, Delia’s Place, For Six Good Reasons, Tell Me About Orchard Hollow, and The Foster Girls. Stepp and her husband have published a Smokies hiking guide titled The Afternoon Hiker (2014).
J.L. Stepp is a native East Tennessean who lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. Stepp owns and operates S & S Communications, established in 1990, which publishes a monthly outdoor magazine called Tennessee Fishing & Hunting Guide. The magazine covers fishing and hunting topics in Tennessee and is distributed in print form to advertisers at the first of every month. The magazine can also be downloaded from the web by going to www.tnfhg.com. J.L., a graduate of The University of Tennessee, also markets UT Vols sports related products such as football and basketball schedules, limited edition prints, and licensed sports collectibles. A graduate of The University of Tennessee, Stepp’s background includes over 45 years in sales, marketing, management, and publications. He enjoys a wide variety of outdoor sports, including golf, fishing, and hiking. The Afternoon Hiker (2014), jointly written with his wife Lin Stepp and chronicling 110 hikes in the Smokies with descriptions and photos, is his first published book.
(1) Was born and spent most of childhood and adult life in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her relatives trekked down the Appalachian Trail from Virginia to settle this east Tennessee area and she has deep family roots here.
(2) Met her husband more than 40 years ago while they were students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Both are still Vol fans.
(3) Has lived for over 30 years in the same home on a quiet cul-de-sac among warm, long-time neighbors and friends.
(4) Has always had cats; now has two cats – Sophie, a female tortoise-shell, and Tucker, a male black and white tuxedo.
(5) Parents, Joy and Phil Mathews, now deceased, lived in nearby Maryville, Tennessee, and brother David and wife, Sandy, live in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Husband J.L.’s mother, Emma, deceased, lived in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. J.L.’s younger brother, Steve, and his sister Rose live in Athens, Tennessee, where J.L. was born and raised. Despite distances, ours is a warm, connected family – with many relatives in Tennessee and around the Southeast United States.
(6) Two children are young adults now, living and working outside of Tennessee. Max teaches high school art in Metairie, Louisiana, outside New Orleans. Kate is media librarian for a high school in Hope Mills, North Carolina, near Fayetteville.
(7) Lin and her husband are strong Christians and are active in a local church in their west Knoxville area. Lin enjoys the women’s circle, and, as you might expect, goes to the church’s monthly book group.
(8) Favorite pastimes besides writing and teaching include: reading – especially romances and mysteries, painting and drawing, walking and hiking in the Smoky Mountains nearby, swimming and being around the water, and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.