BIO – Sheila Turnage

Sheila Turnage is an author, poet and journalist.


Her newest book, Three Times Lucky, features Miss Moses LoBeau, rising sixth grader, and Mo’s best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson, III. It’s set in Tupelo Landing, NC – Population 148 minus 1 (murder).

In addition to Three Times Lucky (Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin, 2012) she is also the author of Haunted Inns of the Southeast (John F. Blair, Publisher), Compass American Guide: North Carolina (Fodors/Random House), and Trout the Magnificent (HBJ).


Sheila was born in Jacksonville, NC, and grew up on a tobacco farm in eastern North Carolina. She earned a B.A. degree in anthropology from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

She has worked as a freelance writer for many years. Her articles have been published by Southern Living, Our State, American Heritage, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, among many others. 

Sheila Turnage and her family live in North Carolina. She is currently writing a second novel for Dial/Penguin Group USA.

Her poetry has been published by the International Poetry Review, the NC Poetry Society, The Barbaric Yawp, and others. She was the recipient of the Katharine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award for her poem A Thank You Note, in 2010.