Denise Turney Bio


Love Pour Over Me, Portia, Love Has Many Faces, Spiral and Long Walk Up's author, Denise Turney, has over 36 years of writing experience. She is a full-time writer whose works have appeared in: Essence, Ebony, The Network Journal, Madame Noire, Bahiyah Woman, Today's Black Woman, Parade, Sisters In Style, Your Church Magazine, Modern Dad Magazine, KaNupepa, The Trenton Times, Family Times, The Preacher's Magazine, Black Living, Princeton, New Jersey's Business and Entertainment Weekly - US 1, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pif, Q, The Trenton State College Literary Review, North Carolina University's Literary Journal, Obsidian II and various other magazines and newspapers across the nation. She has appeared on radio and television stations around the United States. Denise has spoken at major festivals, conferences, colleges and universities, including Black Herstory, Spelman College, Emory University, Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Philadelphia Bible College and the Philadelphia Community College. She is a newspaper and magazine columnist and the editor of the literary periodical The Book Lover's Haven which you can subscribe to by clicking Subscribe BLH.

ART: Denise hosts the international radio program Off The Shelf which airs on Blog Talk Radio live from 11AM-12PM on Saturday and 24/7 throughout the rest of the week. She has interviewed New York Times bestselling authors like Zane, Francis Ray, Roland Martin, Omar Tyree and Tracey Price Thompson and Grammy Award nominee, Awiatka.

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Denise is a mother and a co-founder of Bucks County Pennsylvania's first African American owned and operated drug and alcohol intervention program - No Longer Bound. She is a former volunteer in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She is an entrepreneur, a businesswoman and a civic and community volunteer. Her former memberships include: The National Women's Executive Association, Black Women Entrepreneurs, The Philadelphia Writer's Organization, The International Black Writer's Organization, and The International Women's Writing Guild.

Denise is listed in Who's Who, 100 Most Admired African American Women, and various writing directories. She is the author of the new and emotionally gripping story - Love Pour Over Me, author of the motivational book Long Walk Up,author of the the historic mystery, Spiral, the author of the multicultural celebrity mystery, Love Has Many Faces and the author of the story of a successful defense attorney dealing with breast cancer - Portia. She is currently working on her seventh novel.

EARLY YEARS: Denise attended South-Young High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. While there faculty voted her to be one of four students to attend Girls' State in Nashville. An outdoors, nature and sports lover, Denise was one of Tennessee's top high school and one of the city of Knoxville's leading cross-country runners. After high school, Denise attended The University of Tennessee. She served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1984 - 1988. While serving in the Navy, she earned two Navy Achievement Medals within four years. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.

BACKGROUND: Denise Turney is the third cousin of Norris Turney, a jazz musician who played lead saxophone in Duke Ellington's Orchestra. She is the great-granddaughter of Rueben Skinner, one of Ohio and Kentucky's early and top African American show horse trainers. She is the great-niece of Dr. Dwight Pemberton, one of Dayton, Ohio's early independently successful African American dentists. Denise is the sister of Eric Turney, an actor and professional singer who makes his home Orlando, Florida. She is the sister Reverend Richard Turney, pastor of Rest Haven Baptist Church, and Reverend Dr. Clark Turney, youth pastor and family counselor. Her sister and super good friend, Adrianne, is a retired police officer and current school teacher. Denise is the daughter of Richard Turney, a pioneer and reportedly the first African American to successfully own and operate a business in South Knoxville. Her mother, Doris, transitioned when Denise was a young girl. Her father transitioned in 2011. Today they are amongst Denise's angels, the people Denise thinks about whenever she sees a butterfly or large birds.