Sheila Turnage has just a trace of a Southern accent. Her book, “Three Times Lucky,” has “Southern” written across it on every page.
From the dialogue to the setting (Tupelo Landing, NC, population 148), Turnage turns on the Southern charm, and before the last page is read, the reader will be feeling the hot, humid Southern sun and craving sweet tea (though perhaps not the fried baloney sandwiches).
Turnage spoke with me during her visit to Chicago and explained how the character Mo LoBeau came into being. “She was this annoying little voice I kept hearing,” Turnage chuckled.
The little voice refused to go away. Mo kept talking and talking, and the end result is a book that will delight a wide range of readers. Turnage has managed to appeal to those who enjoy mysteries, adventure, and intrigue.
Like many published authors, Turnage credits much of her success with “Three Times Lucky” to a group of writers with whom she has a close relationship. They meet often and share ideas and critique each other’s work. Turnage has studied writing for many years with the same teacher and group of writers.
Turnage lives on a small farm with lots of animals (domestic and wild) and lots of time to write. When she’s not on tour, she is busy working on the second book about Mo and her friend Dale.
Visit Turnage’s website for more answers and information about “Three Times Lucky.”