Sequoya Turner, author of five-star reviewed “Patti Pink and the Royal Family” and “Patti Pink and the Royal Family: Bee Humble” was not always a professional writer. The graduate of Hugo High School in Hugo, Oklahoma, studied business at Southeastern State University.
“I started writing books when I was in the first grade,” said Turner. “I’ve always loved making up characters and telling stories and coming up with little plot twists. It just always intrigued me, but at the beginning, when you’re just six or seven years old, you’re not thinking about a career. You’re just having fun.”
When she became an adult, she started to think about what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Thinking about her childhood and what she enjoyed, she knew she wanted to be a writer, but she was talked out of switching to a major in communications. Instead, she pursued a business major.
“I wish I had been more secure in what I wanted to do. I wish I had known that it doesn’t go away, what you love,” lamented Turner. “You can suppress it, you can do other things, but you’re always going to come back to what you love.”
“I wish I had known that growing up. Had I known that I could have gone for this and made a career out of it, I definitely would have given it everything I had, all the way from a young age to an adult.”
It’s not a coincidence that lesson is part of Turner’s message and her ministry, as she advises children and adults in her public speaking engagements. Her title character, Patti Pink, is a kind of “Tony Robbins for kids.” The fictional life coach and super star is a mentor and a goal for the main characters who face issues such as bullying, peace-making, setting and achieving goals, competition, humility, and becoming mentors, themselves, over the course of these first two books.
Her own greatest inspiration comes from her mother.
“She put everythig on hold that she wanted to do in order to be an amazing mother for me,” said Turner. “I’m growing up in a time where women could have the family and a career, but I think in the era that she grew up, it was family or career. She picked me and my brothers and my dad, so I’ll be grateful for that forever.”
The message she most wants to get to her young readers is “keep going.”
“There will be so many ‘no’s’ and down days along the way, but you just have to keep going, and you will eventually get to where you want to be,” said Turner. “It’s a journey, not a destination. Don’t get discouraged because [hardship] happens to all of us. It happens to the best of us, and it’s just a part of it. Keep going for what you feel that you were put here to do. Keep going.”
The third book in Sequoya Turner’s “Patti Pink” series will be titled, “The Apple Tree,” and she hopes to have it out in 2021. Her goal is to put out one book a year.
“I love reading and I love writing, and I want children to expect the next one,” said Turner. “I want them to say, ‘Hey what’s going to happen with these characters?’ I would love it to be something that they would look forward to.”
“Patti Pink and the Royal Family,” and “Patti Pink and the Royal Family: Bee Humble,” are available to check out at the Guthrie Public Library or to download or order on Amazon.com.