Stevie Turner grew up in the East End of London and was fortunate enough to attend an excellent primary school which encouraged creative writing. After winning a writing competition at her school, Stevie began to keep a diary and often added little stories and poems to it as the years went by.
By the time marriage and motherhood came along, Stevie and her husband Sam had decided that the country life was preferable to bringing their sons up in London. The company Sam worked for had re-located to Norfolk, and they felt the time was right to make the change. They moved to a quiet, picturesque village in Suffolk, East Anglia, where their boys could roam free as they grew. Stevie found work as an office clerk and still kept a diary, but did not take up writing seriously until 2013. By this time her two sons had left home and she had more time to herself.
Stevie’s debut novel ‘The Porn Detective’ was self-published in October 2013 and took her 30 years to write. A London agency debated representation, but after a long, agonising week’s wait for Stevie she found out that unfortunately the agency had decided not to go ahead. However, she now had the writing bug big time! Stories started filling her head based on news items she had read and life experiences she had undergone, and she could not wait to get them down on paper.
Her second book ‘The Pilates Class’ was a light-hearted, humorous read, giving way to the more serious suspense/ thriller ‘A House Without Windows’, which won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015. It has now been translated into German and Spanish. After writing ‘Lily’, a short historical fiction story, then came the suspense /thriller ‘For the Sake of a Child’, the screenplay of which won a silver award in the 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival and is currently being read by an independent film production company based in Los Angeles.
After November 2014 Stevie took early retirement from her 13-year position as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital, due to after-effects from treatment for thyroid cancer. The following year, 2015, was the most prolific year for Stevie. She began to write full time and penned another 6 novels and 2 short stories, by which time she was happily in remission from cancer for a second time. She even wrote a romance, ‘A Most Unusual Romance’, partly based on the treatment she had undergone back in 2005 when initially diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.
By the time her latest novel ‘Repent at Leisure’ was finished, Stevie had decided to approach the independent publishers Creativia, based on a recommendation from one of their current authors. She was impressed with their book marketing Street Team support, and at the quick response to emails and queries. Creativia published ‘Repent at Leisure’ in March 2016 complete with its beautiful book cover, and currently the company goes from strength to strength, taking on new authors regularly. Stevie was pleased at recently being informed that ‘Repent at Leisure’ was shortlisted for The 2016 Escalator Writing Contest, and it also won third prize in the Drunken Druid Book Awards for 2016.
Stevie still lives in the same picturesque Suffolk village that she and Sam moved to in 1991 with their two boys. She is now re-writing her debut novel ‘The Porn Detective’, putting into practise everything she has learned over the past 4 years.
One of Stevie’s short stories, ‘Lifting the Black Dog’, was recently published in ‘1000 Words or Less Flash Fiction Collection’ (2016). She has also written an article ‘Look on the Bright Side of Life’ which was included in the 2016 book ‘They Say I’m Doing Well’ which are articles about mental illness, proceeds of which go to the charity MIND. Another short story, ‘Checking Out’, was published in The Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’
Stevie and Sam enjoy attending rock festivals and concerts in their spare time, and especially love visiting the Isle of Wight, their second home, and of course the Isle of Wight Festival, which to them is the best festival of all! They also enjoy family life with their grown up sons, daughters-in-law and four grandchildren, all of whom still live close by in Suffolk.
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