From a “Writing Program” to Writing Books (Success Stories Series)

(reprinted from “Featured Alumni” at Pima Community College’s web site, 6.13.2011)

Nancy Turner

Nancy Turner’s name may be familiar to you as a Southern Arizona writer.  With four published novels, Nancy’s career is soaring.  An older student, Nancy says she never dreamed she could become a published writer, but her teachers at Pima [Pima Community College, Tucson AZ] gave her the belief in her ability and the courage to go for it.

Her first novel, These Is My Words, set in and around Tucson in the 19th Century, was published in 1998 while Nancy was earning her AA degree at the College.

She went on to earn a BFA at the University of Arizona while working on her second novel, The Water and The Blood, set in Texas and California during WWII.  Nancy is effusive in her praise of Pima’s writing program and “gives back” by periodically teaching at a writing workshop on writing and researching the historical novel.


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