singer Lauryn Hill during her short stint in prison? Martha Stewart wrote a
book about her prison stay at Alderson Prison Camp, aka Camp Cupcake,
but her book was not the inside scoop.
Rhonda Turpin successfully authored accurate depictions of both celebrities''s
prison life during her parallel stay. IN PRISON WITH MARTHA STEWART, published
in 2005, and IN PRISON WITH LAURYN(HILL)
an ebook on Kindle and other venues, as well as a print book at Barnes and Nobles.
Martha mentored Ms. Turpin, giving her first hand knowledge of the complex
but rewarding world of book writing. At the time, Martha had authored 10 books,
mostly about cooking.
"Writing from inside the prison is ten times harder than an author that is
free." Ms. Turpin told her editor Laura Shinn, during the rewrites of her Lauryn
Ms. Turpin served the beginning of her prison sentence with Martha in
Alderson West Virginia. Nine years later, singer Lauryn Hill served three months
with her at Danbury Federal Prison Camp, where Ms. Turpin transferred to in
Both celebrities read an approved her manuscripts before going to print.
Martha even added input and the title of Chapter ten, taking advantage of the
To date, Rhonda Turpin has served 10 years of her 15 year sentence, and hopes
to be home this year with consideration from President Obama's commutation
Her niche is A-list celebrities serving time with her. That's unique.
She has voiced that her only regret is not being at the male prisons where Wesley
Snipes and rapper Tip Harris (T.I.) served time.
Today she is giving Netflix show, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman
a new twist. Piper Kerman served a short sentence at Danbury Prison Camp, where
the idea for her show originated.
Felonista is the soap opera of the decade. Its unique, because it is written from
inside the prison, with real events.
You can friend her at fb/rhondaturpin, or follow her soap opera prison blog