Name: Payne Hawthorne
Age: 48 ½
Where are you from: Fort Bragg, northern California coast
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
No kids. Married 18 years. Spent majority of my life as a horse trainer and horse psychology expert. I traveled, taught clinics, lectured and at home i ran a facility and gave lessons and started young horses under saddle for their first rides etc. This was the majority of my life up until about 5 years ago when i lost the lease on the facility.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Just about to release a paranormal erotica romance, my 9th title and a second installment in a series, (My Demon Master Book 2: Redemption of Fire), but I’m also releasing a short contemporary romance for a box set anthology to be released in January. So I’m really getting my library full of books I’m incredibly proud to say i wrote.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I lost the facility I’d called mine for ten years, I went into severe depression. I also had to give up all my personal horses because i wasn’t making anything and we couldn’t afford them. It was a bad year for me, but a growing and learning year. I wrote a lot during those months in an attempt to clear my depression. What came of it was a novel, my first one, AdventuresinPayne, Remnant. I turned my sorrow into a fictional story and then all of a sudden i was a writer. I wanted to get better at the storytelling through words, so i continued writing a multitude of other stories and over the past few years, i feel I’ve finally become a polished author. Here is a link to that first novel:
The Beginning of an Epic new Series. Angels, Soul Mates, Reincarnation and Love as a source of power.
and a link to a radio interview that covers all of the above in greater detail: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrspradio/2015/08/04/the-authors-talk-show-with-payne-hawthorne-erotic-paranormal-romance
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Only about a year ago. I had a solid series written, (Dormant Desires Alpha Pack), and also paid to have it narrated. I started getting fans who were following me and reviewing my work. Up until then, I felt as if I were still learning. I was also ghost writing to earn money, and I’d upped my price for a 10K story, and the contractors were not only paying what I was asking, but were asking for continuations in the stories I’d started. That was when i finally owned it and decided I wanted to make this my career as I entered the second half of my life.
Here is a link to that series on both kindle and Audible. I am delighted with my narrator too. Very happy with all 4 books in this series:
Alpha Pack Compilation, Alpha Awakened, Omega Rising and Lumen
Werewolves, Soul Mates, Lore. Sexy Scotsman. Highly inappropriate language and many comedic moments. Excellent on audio!
Cain, Dormant Desires Book 4
Chimera, Werewolves, Passion, Adventure. Excellent on Audio!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My need to escape the depression.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I do, and a specific gait to my words/punctuation. However, i refuse to stagnate so as I’ve learned, I’ve grown and changed my style. Hopefully that will continue and I’ll just keep getting better and better. When i actually write, i have to do it in a linear fashion–beginning, middle, end–once I’m to a place i feel it is coming to an end, then i can go back and change or edit as needed, but when i actually create the first draft it has to be in a straight line. I also never outline or storyboard. To this day, my stories write me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I was sitting on the couch, in terrible pain simply from the depression. I was amazed at how something emotional could translate to my physical. I’ve had a lot of purely physical pain in my life as well, (lots of injuries and i also have migraines). I was sitting there in my puddle of tears and said, “This life is like adventures in every kind of pain a body can feel.”
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
2 messages I’m continually imparting in all my work. 1.) Love is and should always be the most important thing and if it is, it creates energy and power in that soul. 2.) my opening quote in Remnant from C.S. Lewis; “You don’t have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body.” If we don’t evolve and grow within our own souls, we will never ascend to a better/higher place.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I weave all of myself and my life experiences into my fiction. Although i write all fantasy, a lot of my work is based on me and my life lessons. (The horses have taught me so much i have a lifetimes worth of knowledge in self/soul improvement.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes, see above.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Chronicles of Narnia. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Mentors: My mother, (died 8 years ago), and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m not currently reading anyone. Not unless you count what I’m working at present, (my own work).
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I rarely have time to read nowadays.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Finishing this contemporary short piece for the box set anthology and then I’m diving into the third installment in AdventuresinPayne, Sacrifice, book 3.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Ben. He’s been my rock now for 2 years and has helped me with so much as I’ve been evolving as an author.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I could go back and change everything about everything I’ve written. I choose to just let the story tell itself and I leave it be.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really. I’ve always had a knack for telling a story. I have very little academics to back it up, so that has been the toughest part, but I’m catching up fast! I’m a quick study.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure, this is a WIP, contemporary erotic romance. Working title; “Obliterating Tenderness.”
The man who appeared from the west, back dropped by the sun so all she could make out was his silhouette, was tall, and had on cowboy boots and a well-worn cowboy hat. He was wearing a simple white cotton tee, which seemed to caress his muscled frame as if the material adored the feel of him.
As he got closer she noticed his tanned arms and how his biceps popped below the hem of the short sleeves and his pectorals sort of rippled under the thin cotton as he confidently approached. He had on blue jeans, perfectly fitting jeans, loose enough to drape over his tight hips, but tight enough to show what good shape even his thighs were in.
Avery was appalled when her mouth watered at the sight of this man. She gulped and her hand took on a slight shake. The horse lifted its head and nickered. She noticed how he walked, how he strode with an air of self-assurance and how his shoulders and arms swung in time with his long, ground covering strides. He was the epitome of cool and calm and everything about him appeared athletic, balanced, and strong. As he got closer she realized he was gorgeous in the most charismatic, rugged kind of way.
She swallowed hard again, but stayed in her seat. Her voice cracked when she spoke, “Hi…?”
“Howdy ma’am, much obliged to you for holding Red, is he okay?”
She was surprised he wasn’t angrier, or angry at all, and the first thing out of his mouth was concern for the animal. “Um, I think so. His lip is cut and his knees are scraped up.”
The big man didn’t immediately walk up to the horses head, but instead went to his rump and petted the horse’s butt for a few seconds as he looked over the car door and right into Avery’s eyes. Her heart stuttered and she attempted a smile, although she was afraid it looked more like a grimace.
“Are you okay?” He finally asked.
Avery bit her lip, still holding the reins in a death grip. “Um…he stepped on my foot, so I don’t want to get out of the car.”
The man laughed and it was a delightful masculine chuckle. “So he’s got ya trapped in there?” He gracefully insinuated himself between the door jamb and the horse, and wrapped his hand around the leather, just above her hands. “You can let go now, I got him. There’s no need to strangle that hide—that steer died a long time ago.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The execution/academics of writing. Although that said, i am finally feeling a level of competence so it’s not such a struggle. I’ve also owned the mantra; “Punctuation is more an art than a science.”
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Diana Gabaldon. She manages to not only have in depth character studies with a focus on the relationship and dynamics between the characters, but also offers a substantial history lesson and story within.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, not yet. Hopefully someday I’ll start getting invited to book signings. Looking forward to that!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I do with Ben’s help. I paid Teodora Chinde to create the covers for the AdventuresinPayne series and she will for the next installment as well. I wanted original art for those substantial books.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Polishing and editing it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn from every story i create. I could write volumes on how much I’ve learned. I have no idea where to begin on that particular question. I think the main thing i continue to learn is that writing takes an unbelievable amount of time. It takes me approximately 20 hours to write and polish something that translates to only an hours worth of publishable reading material. the worst part is most of my titles are easily ten hours long and they sell for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Finish something. Stop re-working it to the point of hating it. I have some aspiring authors whom I’m helping, and this is what i see as the main problem. Where i might hit publish too soon… they spend years reworking the same thing over and over. I don’t think we get better by re-working stuff. I think we get better by creating new.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Read my disclaimer. If you are a rigid rule monger, or grammar Nazi, you’ll hate my work.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I can find humor in just about anything. I love to laugh and will all the time. I’ve in fact been accused of laughing too much. I rarely cry, but i am also uber careful how much of me I invest in any single person or ‘thing.’ Tears come from disappointment and i try my hardest to expect nothing from those around me.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Jesus. I think to be in his light for any amount of time would change a soul permanently.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“It was just a body. My soul is intact. Look out, here I come!”
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Horses, movies, my dog, cooking/eating, laughing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
OMG! I just finished Sense8 and totally soaked in the script for that show. Excellent writing! Superb writing! (but Matrix is my favorite movie of all time!)
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music.
Steak, (rare), Chocolate, (dark). Pink, OneRepublic, MatchboxTwenty, Switchfoot etc.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I still help develop horses part time. I adore bring along babies as balanced, well adjusted horses.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? www.paynehawthorne.com