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Nancy Elaine Turner was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Southern California and Arizona.  She began writing fiction as an assignment for a class at Pima Community College and completed a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts Studies from the University of Arizona in 1999 with a triple major in Creative Writing, Music, and Studio Art. She lives in Tucson with her husband and Snickers, a dog rescued by F.A.I.R. She has two married children and four grandchildren.  She also enjoys the outdoors, theater, movies, and antiques.

"Writing historical fiction is much like working on a term paper every day.  My story is never far from my mind. I create characters by mingling traits of people. I love all my characters, too, especially those with complexity that makes them seem all the more real. I believe the locale of a story can be as much a part of the book as a character, and I use settings I know well enough to describe in detail."

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The Real Sarah Prine 

The real Sarah Prine is third from the left.  Young girl is Nancy's mother at age 11.  The tallest lady is Nancy's grandmother, teller of stories and baker of pies, and the lady on the far right is Nancy's great- great grandmother, Roxie Virginia Stockman Reed."

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" A nice girl should never go anywhere without a loaded gun and a big knife."

Sarah Agnes Prine

The Real Nancy E. Turner
In her period Edwardian - 1906 costume she made.


Quilt by Nancy Turner
As seen on the cover of 
The Star Garden


Scheduled for 20

:: January 13
Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ One day workshop. I'm doing the opening section called "Writing With the Lights Out, From baring your soul on paper to editing for the modern market. Stop writing to be an author and instead find the truest, most compelling words to bring your story out of the shadows."  
Please contact Meg Files, 520- 206-6084,


:: Feb 9
Tucson area book club

:: Feb 13  
Fund raising for Springboard Home for Youth in Crisis at the Manning House, downtown Tucson. 
Susie Voss (520)529-0355 or
Kandy Delk (520)419-5818 or
And it is called "A Wearable Art Fashion Show and Brunch." Borders Bookstore will provide books, and profits will all go to the charity, but it is fine to bring the copy you already own.

::Feb 27 
American Night Writers Association, Spring conference, 8 am-4pm at the Best Western, 1666 S Dobson, Mesa, AZ hotel is 800-528-1356

:: March 13-14 
Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson. Check their site:

I will be speaking/taking questions with a moderator alongside Bonnie Henry, local celebrity and wonderful news columnist at 1 pm March 13, then signing books from 2 to 2:30+.

Then March 14 I'm teaching a short workshop on writing and editing and the pitfalls of publishing, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. I'll be around the Festival both days and will try to stop by all the booksellers. Please don't feel as if you must buy a book to get it signed. I love to sign those old copies you've read and passed around! 

::March 19
 7-8:30 pm, Writing Workshop on research methods in conjunction with the San Pedro River Arts Council's new program called "Celebrate the Arts!" at Cochise College, Benson Center, Sharon Gilman, Director, (520) 586-1981. The location: 1025 State Route 90, Benson, AZ 85602

Scheduled for 2009 

:: Oct. 28  Arizona Re-Imagined  
Arizona Historical Society Lecture Series -Wednesdays in October
Nancy will be appearing on Wed. October, 28th at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., in which books will be available for sale.  Signing will take place after lecture. 
Cost: $8.00  $6.00 AHS Members

For more information: Arizona Historical Society

:: Mar 15, Sunday in the afternoon, Tucson Book Fair

:: Feb 7,  (tentative) Yavapai Co Humane Society fund raiser 
:: Feb 11,  El Conquistador Book Club, Tucson 
:: Feb 14, 10 a.m - 3 p.m. Writers Round Up, Sonoita, AZ
:: Feb 19, Luncheon for Literacy in Boise, ID. Boise Centre on the Grove
:: Feb 28, Saturday,  Author's Month at the Cave Creek Museum, Cave Creek, AZ

:: Jan 16, 17 - tentative, Friday and Saturday, Literacy Fair, Provo UT
:: Jan 22, 10 a.m. Thursday, private book club, Tucson
:: Jan 23, Friday  Women of Winfield book club, Phoenix, AZ

Scheduled for 2008
:: Dec 9, Tuesday  6 p.m. The Pima Community College Alumni Association Reunion at Reid Park Zoo.  1100 S. Randolph Way, Tucson AZ 85716 
:: Dec 17,Wednesday  5:30 telephone book club, Connecticut
:: Dec 20, Saturday 9 am telephone book club, Texas

:: Nov 1,Saturday,  Tea party, Gilbert, AZ, 
:: Nov 3, Monday,  private book club, 6:30 pm, Tucson
:: Nov 20, Costco at 6255 E Grant in Tucson, 1 p.m. Please note: Not a formal "meet the author" signing, but autographed books available at this store following the event.
:: Nov 13, Thursday,  private book club, 7 p.m., Tucson
:: Nov 15, Saturday,  Phoenix Writers Club, Phoenix, AZ
:: Nov 16,Sunday, P.E.O  Charity event at 4-Points Sheraton, Tempe, AZ, Books provided by Poisoned Pen.
:: Nov 19,Wednesday  9:30 a.m. private book club, Tucson

:: Oct. 13, Monday,  Private book club, Boise Idaho. 
:: Oct 22, Wednesday,  Private Book club, 5:00 p.m., Tucson, AZ, another Private book club at 7:30 p.m., Tucson, AZ
:: Oct 28,Tuesday,  private book club, 2-4 p.m., Tucson, AZ, 

Interviews, Profiles, Blogs and more.

:: Interview 2007
 Reading Groups Guide

:: Q&A with Nancy E. Turner
Readers Group Gold

:: Nancy E. Turner's Profile

:: Nancy's Blog on Amazon

:: Article July 2005

:: Sarah Prine Merchandise

:: The Authors Attic - A Novel Approach to Jewelry

:: Art of Life-Gorgeous Art Prints for Memorable Individual

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“Clear, at times lyrical prose...providing vivid, colorful characters and historically accurate backdrop.”
- The Washington Post
“Jack and Sarah are as delicious a couple as Rhett and Scarlett. The three-hankie ending to their long love affair will definitely make you give a damn.”
- USA Today

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