Interview with Payne Hawthorne

What is your writing process?
As soon as I have a scene in my head, I name the characters and then once I come up with a title, I sit down and write. I usually only have a scene or an idea and a couple visuals of the characters I want to focus on. I don't outline, and I rarely know when it will end. My stories usually write me, and I experience that new world as I go.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think Black Stallion was one of the first books I actually read. I ended up becoming a horse trainer and spent twenty five years in the industry, so it must have had quite an impact on me!
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't have much time for reading, and I feel as if I read all day-everyday, because I am constantly reading my stuff and what I am working on in that moment.

I do listen to audio books when I am driving, walking or working in the yard or around the house. I love paranormal romance and authors like Kresley Cole, LKH, Jenniene Frost, J.R. Ward, and I am a die hard fan of Diana Gabaldon and her historical fiction/Outlander Series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
i don't yet have one, want a big Kindle HD, but so far i use my laptop
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still in the process of figuring that out. Kind of failing miserably in the hopes that i will succeed.
Describe your desk
My lap, Coffee cup to my right, big comfy chair. I often sit down at 10AM and won't get up till late in the afternoon, (unless it's to pee). I can go ten hours and write the whole time. I have a great view of our yard and the hummingbird feeder is just out on the deck so they visit me all day. My two corgis are usually at my feet and often the cat sits behind my head. Its about as close to perfect as i can imagine.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southern California to Tennis professional parents. We moved to the beach (San Clemente) when i was 13. I learned how to surf and spent everyday in the ocean. Then we moved to Northern California and i got into horses and ended up making a living as a teacher/trainer/clinician and professional rider.

I never thought i would be a writer, didn't even go to college. the only thing about my past is that it is long and extensive. Its almost as if i lived and lived and lived, and now i am writing about it. I didn't start seriously writing until 2010, and i feel i still have a ton of growing and improving to do.
When did you first start writing?
oops... just answered this inadvertently in last question... 2010
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
just started here, just started everywhere, no success as of yet... still failing, as i am sure i will be for a long time into the future.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My story that demanded i tell it. about eight years ago i wrote half a book about an angel that came to earth to find his lost soul mate. His name was Collin. He'd been a mighty King back home on Pegasus and now found himself trapped inside an uncooperative human body. He grew up slowly and through it all he had angel helpers slowly giving him back memories of a time when he ruled an entire galaxy, and the reason for his mission to earth.-- to find his lost soul mate and recover what was left of her soul, and take it home.

I didn't finish that book, but the character of Collin stayed with me, i fell for him big time, and after a year of crying on the couch because of a horrible change in my life circumstances, and terrible depression, i realized i needed to write about the soul mate he came to rescue... her name became Payne, and for awhile she was me. Now though, after writing it all down and living through her recovery, i am more her.
What's the story behind your latest book?
my passion is my AdventuresinPayne saga. The first part introduces us to Payne and Collin, both once mated angels of love from another planet. Payne was captured and held prisoner on earth and eventually her first body was killed. Her soul went on for eons through multiple reincarnated lives. Collin is here now, forced to grow up in human form from birth to adulthood. He has found her and taken her back to his land in New Zealand. His plan is to take her home and get her off this planet, but she is a mess and even though through help with other angels and giving her back memories through dreams, she still can't seem to find center.

Its a journey of self discovery, and her re-discovering love in Collin, and lost love in the male that found her though multiple lifetimes to be with her. She is torn between both these men, her once angel husband and her many times earth bound soul mate, Jess.

I have the second part to this saga finished and i plan on getting it edited as soon as possible.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escaping into these stories and finding i have a true talent for storytelling. I really love it!! Plus i never get out of my jammies and i get to sit on the couch all day and drink coffee. its awesome!
What do your fans mean to you?
all six of them are awesome and i appreciate them tremendously!
What are you working on next?
Right now i am engrossed with earning a living as a ghost and erotic writer. Some of my stuff has my name on it and some doesn't, but i am earning a decent enough wage for my stories and i can take a plot or character idea and breathe a lot of life into it. I am currently booked up months in advance doing exactly this. I would like to get going on part three in my DORMANT DESIRES series, but so far haven't had time. I also really want to get part two of ADVENTURESINPAYNE edited, (its already written), so i can publish it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Diana Gabaldon, LKH, Kresley Cole, J.R. Ward
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
working in our garden, walking my dog at the beach, cooking.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mostly listen and with my current list of favorite authors i am stocked up and the recommendations are right on, so i go with them if i can't find anything, but honestly i am behind and it will take me years to catch up on what i want to read or listen to.
Published 2013-09-20.
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