4th Annual Indie Book Fest Author Spotlight: Louise Turner

Southern Willow Publishing
2 min readSep 8, 2021


Louise Turner is enjoying her second career as a writer with her dear friend Wanda Jennings and the ladies at Southern Willow Publishing, who believed in the stories of two old ladies. When Louise isn’t in front of her typewriter, she spends her time with her grandkids and a yard full of lovable stray puppies. Although Covid had made visiting family and friends difficult, she is eagerly awaiting the removal of travel restrictions, so she can drag Wanda backpacking through Europe.

Book Blurb

Dirty Laundry

“A small town scandal is afoot in Rhinestone!

Can Mavis sort out her own drama before the past comes back to haunt her? Can Reverend Simmons overcome his own demons to lead his new flock? Can Mona keep her family’s diner afloat?

And the biggest question of them all: Why is Opal nekkid?”

Blog Post

I grew up in a home with parents who loved to read the classics. Our bookshelves were filled with the likes of Mark Twain, Jack London, and Pearl Buck to name a few. Although it’s difficult for me to pick just one favorite writer, I would have to say I enjoy the works of Fannie Flagg most of all. Of course, that might be because I can eat fried green tomatoes by the bushel.

In all seriousness, though, Fannie Flagg is a writer in the finest Southern tradition. She is an accomplished actress, novelist, and screenplay writer. She received an Academy Award nomination for her adaptation of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café.

Perhaps the thing I enjoy most about Fannie’s books are how relatable they are to my everyday life. I feel like I truly know these people. These are the people in my hometown and the people I meet day to day at church and at the grocery store. It’s something I try to bring to life when I’m writing the Magnolia Manor with Wanda.

And for me, it makes revisiting her novels feel like going to a friend’s house for dinner. There’s always good food, great conversation, and lots of laughter!



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