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Everyone has a story clamoring to get out! I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia and retired at the beach. I write novels about persons who lived in those mountains. My Rose Series is about a 12 year old Melungeon girl from Kentucky growing up near Bristol, VA in the 1950s.

Background Information

I believe growing up in coal mining country in Virginia influenced my writing more than any other factor.  As a child I wrote stories about my classmates whose fathers and brothers worked in the coal mines.  I saw the day to day struggle of getting enough to eat and having sufficient clothing to go to school.  The teachers kept a clothes closet for those in need.

I became an elementary school teacher and later a librarian. The final years before retirement were spent as a college librarian.  In that capacity I taught children's literature which was one of my most enjoyable experiences

The desire to write was always there but I kept putting it off until retirement.  I may never have brought it to the forefront if I had not been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.  I had trouble sleeping and I decided to use that time to begin writing. Five years later I have written nine books and well into number ten..

I am thankful to have grown up in the Appalachians, rich in history.  My experiences and contacts as a teacher and librarian gave me the skills to express these life influences in my writing.

Birth Place
Bedford, VA Bedford

BS degree in English from Radford (College) University.
Master of Librarianship from the University of South Carolina

Additional Information

My pen name is Nan Turner, Aathough I have written two books under my real name...Trunk Tales and my most recent book, "Satan's Best Friend" This book came out the end of June and has been doing very well. I'm several chapters into a sequel to "Lily's Story,' called "The Box In the Attic."

Contact Information

1432 Fox Hollow Way 
North Myrtle Beach SC 29582   USA
Contact Author: Nan Turner
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The Rose Series
The series is about Rose Collins, a twelve year old Melungeon girl, from Kentucky. She is orphaned and is sent to live with an aunt near Bristol, Virginia. The story is set in the 50s during segregation and she endures the bigotry of classmates.

Trunk Tales
A collection of stories and happenings which were called to mind by memorabilia found in an old trunk left unopened for over fifty years.

Satan's Best Friendr
A novel just finished about the making of a cult leader.I've had several book signings and sales are picking up. i find that if I combine a fund raiser for charity with the book signing it goes much better.

Lily's Story
Lily is Rose's best friend in the Rose Series. She is a young, single parent with a new job as a nurse. She seeks out a fortune teller to get advise on her three suitors.

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