Nilah Rodgers Turner
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NILAH RODGERS TURNER
Nilah Rodgers Turner (maiden name Blackwell) attended first grade through high school graduation in Littlefield, Texas.
Her first news writing experience was for the daily Levelland Sun-News and later she wrote for the twice weekly Lamb County Leader-News in Littlefield and compiled feature stories for the metro Lubbock Avalanche Journal.
She sold the first magazine article she wrote to the Progressive Farmer and this article was included in a hard bound anthology of the best agricultural essays and poems published over 200 years. Her story was included among many notable publications and authors including Thomas Carlyle and George Washington.
With this transfusion of printer’s ink, she joined a writers group and started attending writers conferences and adding to her college hours.
A Readers Digest subscriber, she read about a helicopter crash on the Pedernales River in Texas. The Readers Digest issues always included a short note saying they paid $2,500 for Dramas in Real Life. She drove to the area, wrote the article and mailed it. A few days later she got an acceptance and a $2,500 check.
She continued writing and getting acceptances from Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal and other national publications, and her submissions won first place from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, then the Distinguished Service Award from Special Olympics and finally top honors from the National Kidney Foundation.
Home to Hidden Springs is her first full-length novel, and a second novel, Tending the Enemy, is now available in print, Kindle, and eBook Formats.