Denise Turney

Denise Turney is a journalist, editor, full-time freelance writer and avid book reader. Turney is also the author of the books Love Pour Over Me (new book!), Portia, Long Walk Up, Spiral, Love Has Many Faces, Rosetta's Great Hope (children's book) and Gada's Glory. She is also the host of Off The Shelf radio at Blog Talk Radio and editor of The Book Lover's Haven.


1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?  


Writing is my passion, a skill I've been honing since I was a kid - just 10 years old to be exact. I'm also an entrepreneur, former United States Navy professional and track and cross-country runner. My earliest writings were poems, then short stories.  When it comes to novels, my "baby" (my very first novel) was birthed oh-so-many years ago while I was attending college at the University of Tennessee.  I've yet to publish that book, preferring to keep it as a jewel for myself. Maybe it'll become an Emily Dickinson moment many, many, many years from now.


2. Describe your book ‘Love Pour Over Me’ in 30 words or less.


 Romantic love, forgiveness and friendship are painfully tested but don't part in Love Pour Over Me. 


3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?  


Going into the trenches on scenes that evoked tremendous (and I mean tremendous) emotion from me, scenes that, although not intended, resembled real life experiences I'd had (or would go on to have months after I wrote "Love Pour Over Me") . . . that was tough.


4. What books have had the greatest influence on you?  


Judy Blume's books when I was a kid. The Bible, A Course in Miracles, Joyce Carol Oates', J. California Cooper, Jamaica Kincaid, Gloria Naylor, etc. writings.  The short story that moved me most deeply remains James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues"!  Wow!  Talk about POWERFUL!!!  Poignant, moving!


5. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?  


I'm active on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Scoopit and LinkedIn. I also host a weekly radio show, Off The Shelf, at Blog Talk Radio. Other steps I take to market my books include blogging, sending press releases and occasionally running an ad in a book catalog (Ingram, etc.).


6. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?  


When I'm not writing on a novel, I'm often writing for clients (i.e. marketing content, website content). I also work part-time for a financial services firm in New York City, and I love being outdoors.


7. What are you working on next?  


"Gada's Glory" (working title).  The story is set in the 1940s in Chicago, Illinois.  Gada's a Southern woman who has enough fire in her belly to set Chicago ablaze, this at a time when the city was even more at the edge of things than it is today. And although she doesn't aim to, she does just that on the city's South Side. But, it comes at a very high price.


Thank you again!


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