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About me - Sheila Turnage

Newbery Honor winner Sheila Turnage writes mysteries for kids. She’s also a poet and a journalist. “I’ve written lots of things,” she says. “So far, The Mo and Dale Mysteries are absolutely the most fun of anything I’ve written.”  

© 2013 Sheila Turnage, Inc.

The mysteries feature the Desperado Detectives: eleven-year-old Miss Moses LoBeau and her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson, III. They’re set in Tupelo Landing, a tiny fictitious town in Eastern North Carolina, where Sheila lives.

The bestselling series includes the Newbery Honor book Three Times Lucky, and its award-winning follow-up mysteries: The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, and The Odds of Getting Even.  

In addition, Sheila’s 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 her family’s tobacco farm in eastern North Carolina.  She earned a B.A. degree in anthropology from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and is a member of the creative writing class at Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC.

Her articles have been published by Southern Living, Our State, American Heritage and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, among many others.  Her poetry has been published by the International Poetry Review, the NC Poetry Society, The Barbaric Yawp, and others.

Sheila and her husband Rod Beasley live on the farm Sheila grew up on. They share their home with a flock of chickens, a raucous scattering of guineas, passing deer, turkeys and squirrels, and various family pets.

She’s currently writing a fourth Mo and Dale Mystery - maybe Mo and Dale’s most important mystery yet.