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In 1973, under the name Fiona Turner, Marion began to sell stories to My Story and She, and write letters to the likes of Woman's Own, Woman's Realm, Woman and Woman's Story, all of which paid correspondents.
   In 1975, she began sending trial scripts to D.C. Thomson, the famous publisher based in Dundee, which used to issue a wide range of magazines for girls. She won a competition, she had rejections but she cracked the formula and she began to sell scripts for serials, usually with a dozen or so episodes.
   When she finally retired from the business in 1994, she had sold over 500 scripts, and there had been times when she had had two serials running simultaneously in the same magazine.
   The list of magazines includes Spellbound, Hi!, Bunty, Nikki, Judy (1960-1991), Mandy (1967-1991) and Emma (Feb. 1978 - Sept. 1979, then incorporated into Judy), Debbie (Sept. 1976 - Jan. 1978) & Tracy (1979-1985, then incorporated into Judy), as confirmed by archived issues. Curiously, the latter three do not appear on the usual lists of Thomson publications.

The accompanying pictures show archive issues of the magazines, all containing Fiona Turner stories or featuring series to which she contributed.

Spellbound magazine, January 1977
 

Emma magazine, December 1978
 

Judy magazine, January 1981
 

Debbie magazine, May 1980
 

The Dancing Days of Lisa Marlova by Fiona Turner, Debbie magazine, May 1980

Fiona Turner story in Debbie No. 381, 31st May 1980


 
 










Tracy magazine, September 1980
 

Judy magazine, January 1981
 

Judy and Tracy magazine, January 1987

Mandy magazine, May 1987


MFT stories for D.C. Thomson magazines

Marion Turner kept a list of her stories under the headings "central character's name", "magazine" and "date sold". Some stories survived in her archives as typed scripts, as pages extracted from magazine and in complete magazines. I have attempted to flesh out the story list with details from the archives to illustrate the range of the material that editors were offering to (pre-)teenage girls in the 1970s to 1990s. [P.H.T.]

1976

Madam Zaza - stories of a ballet teacher, became Madam Marlova Remembers
The Dancing Doll
- Debbie, 29/01/1977 - The girl who danced for Royalty
The Dancers of Osiris
Hetty's Hidden Happiness
- Debbie, 19/02/1977 - The girl who lost the will to dance

The Fabulous Four / The Supercats (SF)
1. The Walking Plants of Hudron
2. City In The Sea / Slaves of the Sea-World

The Supercats
3. The Mammoths of Marandra

1977

4. Company For Cybela
5. The Tower of Thalos
6. Wings of Fear

Marsali, 14 parts, Emma (SF) - 30/09/1978 - 16/1`2/1978, 14 editions in magazines
Marsali - Girl of Mystery, published as Nola - Girl From Nowhere - A strange girt with a mission and the power to influence people's minds arrives at Sandra's school, and only she is immune

Supercats Earth Adventures published in Spellbound (SF)
1. Supercats & the Deadly Crystals!
2. Supercats & the Maze of Terror
3. Supercats & the City in the Jungle
4. Supercats & the Island of Steam

Cybella, 12 parts, Judy (SF) - 1979 - 16/02/1980, 4 episodes in mags
Cybella [- From Century Twenty-One] - Cybella and her dog, Dell, live in overcrowded 2028. She's transported back to 1978 by a scientist working on her era's overpopulation problem

1978

Marlova, 12 parts, Debbie
Madame Marlova - a retired ballerina writes a book of memoirs
1. Dance, Cinderella, Dance
2. The Swan Queen
3. The House of Dolls
4. The Road to Fame and Fortune
5. The Perfect Ballerina
6. Interlude In Paris
7. The Girl Who Stole The Limelight
8. Put That Light Out!
9. The Gypsy Dancer
10. The Black Diamond
11. The Magic Balloon
12. Born to Dance
- and that's the book finished

The Emma Report - MFT episode of series for 06/05/1978

1979

Crystal, 16 parts, Tracy - 19/01/1980 - 03/05/1980, 16 episodes in magazines
The Ice Maiden - Crystal, who can project freezing power from her fingertips, is released from a block of ice as a by-product of a government boffin's experiment . . .
published as The Secret of the Ice Maiden

Stroma, 13 parts, Judy - 27/11/1980 - 19/02/1981, 13 episodes in magazines
Stroma's Strays - In 1843, an orphan inherits an old lady's fortune and sets up an animal shelter, but there are grasping relatives who want it to fail so they can get their hands on the cash, published as The Unwanted Ones

Goldilocks, 12 parts, Tracy - 02/08/1980 - 11/10/1980, 10 episodes in magazines
Goldilocks and the Golden Guineas - Louisa, daughter of wealthy parents at the end of the 18th century, is roughed up by orphans and carted off with them to the North of England but two of them help her to make a long journey home to London
published as Goldilocks and the Two Barrs

Patti, 14 parts, Mandy - 27/09/1980(?) - 03/01/1981, 13 episodes in mags, not 1st
Patti And The PTA - Patti, 13, tries to get her divorced mum to marry her headmaster
published as Mum and Mr. Pearson with a girl called Lucy as the star

1980

Diana, 13 parts, Mandy - 06/02/1982 - 01/05/1982, 11 parts in mags, parts 3 & 9 missing Diana's Dark Secret - Diana's eyesight returns after 2 years of blindness but she wants to keep her guide dog Jane, 11 parts, Mandy (SF) - 16/05/81 - 01/08/81, 11 parts in mags, part 7 missing
The Hand of Fear - Jane's paralysed right hand works again after a doctor gives her a bionic implant, but she finds that she's not the only one with control of the hand!

Dorothy, 11 parts, Judy - from 22/05/1982
The Nobody of the School - Dorothy works as a pupil-governess in return for an education, but she is receiving mysterious gifts from the Veiled Lady
repeated as The Veiled Lady from 19/03/1988 in Judy, 1 episode

Candy, 10 parts, Judy - 10/10/1981 - 12/12/1981, 10 episodes in magazines
Slave To Her Sister - Candy and Jill are orphaned and Candy has to go along with her older sister's delusion of being an ancient Egyptian princess to keep their home

1981

Melanie, 14 parts, Judy - from 22/05/1982, repeated in Judy from 17/06/1989
Where Is Melanie Forbes? - Sandie, an orphan with no real home, is in a train crash. She wakes up in hospital to be told she has amnesia; but she finds that she's being used to impersonate another girl

Hailey, 10 parts, Judy (SF) - 03/09/1983 - 05/11/1983, 10 episodes in magazines
Let Your Hair Down, Hailey - Being struck by lightning gives Hailey super powers, but she never knows when, or for how long, they'll be switched on
published as Part-Time Supergirl

Alison, 4 parts, Library
On The Run - Alison shelters Kim, who has escaped from kidnappers

Jennie, 14 parts, Mandy - from 06/11/82
"It's My Turn Now!" - Jennie's long-lost twin sister turns up, and she's out to grab everything she can get

1982

Mollie, 12 parts, Mandy - ends 14/12/1985, 8 parts in magazines
Adopt-A-Gran - With no grandparents, Mollie persuades her parents to adopt one; who turns out to be a retired fairly godmother!
Published as Our Fairy Grandmother

Paulina, 12 parts, Suzy

Tessa, 4 parts, Library
Turpin Rides Again - Tessa and her brother set up a stagecoach service for their remote village, upsetting a spiv who was planning to rip off the villagers with a minibus service.

Jill, 6 parts, photostory, Suzy

Bess, 12 parts, Judy - started 04/02/1984
Bess's Secret Brother - Bess gets her wealthy employer to adopt a baby: a younger brother whom the family can't afford to support, but a nephew, who hoped to inherit the estate, sees a rival to be eliminated!
Reissued in Judy from 14/04/1990 as Her Brother's Keeper

1983

Linda, 13 parts, Tracy - 12/11/1983 - 04/02/1984
Shadow of Doom - 12-year-old twins Linda and Carol search for 13 pieces of a witch's necklace to lift a family curse

Fay, 4 parts, Bunty Library

Roslyn, 10 parts, Tracy - 31/03/1984 - 26/05/1984, 9 episodes in magazines
I Don't Want To Be A Model - Roslyn's mother put her in the care of a 'friend', who confiscated her specs and forced her to work as a model

Susan, 13 parts, Tracy - from 17/11/84
Susan and the Sea People - Susan's family is spending the summer in a small fishing town and she meets Thala, one of the sea-people, some of whom are hostile to land-dwellers

Dorrie, 6 parts, Mandy (SF) - 30/08/1986 - 04/10/1986, 6 episodes in magazines
Encounter With Danger - Dorrie gets a part in an SF film; in which the aliens are real!
published as Horror Movie!

1984

Mary/Georgina, 14 parts, Mandy

Kim, 13 parts, Mandy (SF) - 25/07/87 - 17/10/1987, 12/13 episodes in magazines, no episode 4
My Twin Next Door - Kim moves into a new foster home and finds her evil twin sister, Wanda, living next door. Worse, Wanda can control her mind!

Nell, 12 parts, Judy and Tracy - 18/10/1986 - 03/01/1987, 12 episodes in magazines
Cold As Charity - In Victorian times, Nell struggles to look after her younger brother

Hetty, 10 parts, Judy & Tracy - from 28/06/1986
The Princess Who Never Was - Life changes dramatically for Victorian flower-seller Hetty when she is identified as a long-lost Moldanian princess, whose family was massacred

1985

Emmeline, 12 parts, Nikki - 15/02/1986 - 03/05/1986
Enemy of the School - Emmeline's father is killed and she faces being moved from a posh school to a comprehensive. Then she gets a place at a new posh school. To her horror, it is based in her old family home, so she vows to make it fail

Sarah, 15 parts, Mandy (SF) - 01/10/1986 - 07/02/1987, 15 episodes in magazines
The Double Life of Sad Sarah - Debbie's father, a struggling artist, is drawing a picture story about Sad Sarah, who comes to life and changes Debbie's life

Tina, 13 parts, Mandy - 14/02/1987 - 02/05/1987, 12 episodes in magazines
Simpsons In The Sky - Tina tries to keep the family together until they can find their mother, who walked out, thinking they'd be better off in care

1986

Lynn, Library (SF)
School For Castaways - Lynn is with a school party on a cruise. They're stranded on an island; aliens want to take a close look at humanity as we have reached the verge of deep space travel

Penny, 15 parts, Mandy - 26/12/1987 - 26/03/1988, all 13 episodes in magazines
Just My Luck - Happy but unlucky Penny gets a good-luck charm which actually works but makes her life miserable

1987

Rachel, Bunty Library

Clarabell, Bunty Library

Tessa, 8 parts, Mandy - 25/02/1989 - 01/04/1989, all 6 episodes in magazines
No Trust for Tessa - Betrayal in a school setting, only the first episode survives

Lorna, 12 parts, Nikki

Becky, 8 parts, Hi!

1988

Liz, 7 parts, Hi!

Freda, 13 parts, Mandy - ends 23/12/1989, 2 episodes in magazines
A Friend Like Freda - who has it in for Joyce, her new next-door neighbour

Clare, Bunty Library
Clare of Witch Hill - Clare's dad restores a derelict cottage, unaware that there's a curse on it!

Linda, 6 parts, Hi!

1989

Gail, Mandy - run in 1989
Gail and the Ghost - A new head wants to get rid of the boarding school's traditions, so Gail joins forces with the ghost of the founder's daughter to stop her

Snow White, 13 parts, Mandy - 25/04/1990 - 07/07/1990, 5/13 episodes in magazines
Snow White And The Seventh Dwarf - Sue White gets more than she bargains for when she buys her mum a birthday set of garden gnomes

Louise, 13 parts, Mandy
Baker's Dozen - Louise's family is wiped out in a motorway crash and she acquires a stray dog, which promptly has 13 puppies, for which she has to find good homes

Gina, 13 parts, Mandy
"Stop Bossing Me Around!" - Gina's mum takes a job abroad for a year, leaving her older sister in charge of the household, so lots of conflict.

1990

Ali, 6 parts, Hi!
Breakin' Up - Ali's parents break up, sending shock waves through the family, only 1 episode survives

Flora, Mandy Annual
A Friend For Flora - Victorian setting, orphan story, Flora's pet keeps her going

Wanda, Library

1991

Jan, 7 parts, Hi!

Sal, 7 parts, Hi!
Stop Picking On Me! - Sal arrives in Britain from Australia and becomes a target for a school bully

1994

Zoe, 4 parts, Library

undated

All For Katy, 1 episode

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