Jacci Turner

Biography

Jacci lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband David and a sweet, big yellow dog. Oh, and one unfriendly cat. She loves to read and write and spend time with people half her age, feeling generally hopeful about the world.

She enjoys chocolate in all its manifestations.

The Author, on her writing of The Birthright Series: "I began writing The Birthright Series three years ago. I was on a flight to Costa Rica with my husband and I started pondering the idea of what it would be like if people started getting divine gifts but had no context for them. It was a really intriguing idea and I came up with the four main characters there and then. They took over from there and I was just along for the ride."

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the “east bay” region of the San Francisco Bay Area in California, and although I've spent the last thirty years in Reno, Nevada, I still work a lot in the east bay. One of the ways the east bay has influenced my writing includes its diverse population. In The Birthright Series: The Cage, The Bar and The Lamb, a multi-ethnic cast of characters is central to the development of the story. People ask me about that and I say, "That is the world I live and work in, so that is the world I write about." Of course, when I write ethnic characters, I ask my friends from that ethnicity to give me feedback, and I often have to make changes based on their feedback.

Reno is featured as a setting in all of my current books as I am most familiar with it. And, I was born in Idaho and spent many wonderful days on my Grandma's farm, which is the setting in The Finding Home Series.
When did you first start writing?
My early career was in story-telling. I used to charge neighborhood kids a nickel to come see the plays I'd written. I was five years old. From there I went into middle and high school drama and even majored in Theater in College. But, community theater is very time consuming and I'd always written on the side. I decided to write more seriously five years ago, and now I’ve published four books; the fifth is with my editor.
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The Bar
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Books

Riley's Ride
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,370. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Alternative Family
Spring in central Idaho means birthing season on a cattle ranch and with Grandpa sick and Delly pregnant, Riley is up to her knees in mud, blood, and babies. She’s rapidly finding out that growing up isn’t easy. To top it off, her new friend isn’t making life any easier.
Cracker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,150. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Ann faces challenges at school. The beautiful Imani wants to be her friend, but being friends with black girls has never worked out. When a bully takes a dislike to Ann, she gets help from a friend with secrets of his own. Join Ann on a journey of self-discovery in this alternative history where everything is turned upside down and Ann must decide whether or not to take a stand against injustice.
Shipwrecked
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,960. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Join the adventure as Jillie and Ruby navigate a mysterious island where they must battle wild animals, crazy weather and creepy people, while searching for the girls’ parents. When no one is who they say, and nothing is as it seems, family is all you can trust.
Finding Willow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,190. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Alternative Family
At long last, Riley and Mia have reached Riley’s father's ranch. But when things start to go horribly wrong, Riley starts to wonder if this new family is really going to work out and they still don’t know if Mia can be adopted by Riley's new family. Come along as Riley and Mia struggle through more surprising twists and turns to discover if they have finally found their forever family.
Stretching Willow
Series: The Finding Home, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,710. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings
Riley and Mia suffer crushing disappointment when they learn they won't be able to go live with their father…yet. Staying at Nana's farm seems like a wonderful solution until they learn they have to go to school and Riley receives another heart-rending shock. Join Riley and Mia in their continued adventure as they face new challenges, make new friends, and get downright stretched!
The Lamb
Series: The Birthright, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,480. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Tyrell and Tiffany are back in the last book of The Birthright Series. Ty and Tiff want to be together, but their relationship seems doomed from the start. Now Ty is having disturbing dreams again, and Tiff’s new friend, Lorna, just might be crazy. Join Ty, Tiff, and their friends as they try to untangle this strange web of clues before it’s too late for … The Lamb.
The Bar
Series: The Birthright, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,230. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » African American fiction » Mystery & detective
With Dawna’s court date against the sex traffickers approaching, her younger sister, Emily, has a chip on her shoulder as high as Mt. Rose. When Dawna moved to Reno, she left Emily all alone to face the gossip of their small hometown. Suddenly Emily is thrust into a bigger problem when she finds Loyalton’s most popular cheerleader on the floor of the school bathroom semi-conscious.
The Cage
Series: The Birthright, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,100. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
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Four students:thrown together in a high school summer class. Tyrell tells of a dream he’s been having, a girl needs help. Sam realizes she’s getting the same information, from her own sketches! Where is the information coming from? What is the Blue Group to do about it? Join Ty, Tiff, Sammy and Lando as they navigate the complicated world of high school friendship and romance!

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