Interview with Stephanie Payne Hurt

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up about 50 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia. A lot of my childhood influences my writing. I grew up in the country and I still live on the same country road. I grew up around cowboys, country folk and just down right good people. Living in a small town is a wonderful experience. You know everybody and everybody knows you. This can be good or bad, according to the situation.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing stories when I was 13. That's right around the time I picked up my first romance novel. I've loved anything romance ever since. I would fill up notebooks with my stories. Some I'd finish, but others I'd lose interest. Those books are in my cedar chest and I cherish them. Several of the books I've published come from the stories I've worked on for years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My newest book is coming out in September, called Victoria. It's the first book in the Saga "The Women of Magnolia Hill". This story is based on a series that will go from the Civil war era up to modern day, telling about the women from the Magnolia Hill Plantation. The first book is "Victoria". She's a strong southern woman with a good heart and four brothers that have taught her to be her own person. She has to learn how to live in a Civil War society that is sometimes hard. Every book in the series is based on a different era in time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This was a hard decision. I played with the idea of pitching to a big publishing house. I did send one of my earlier manuscripts to one, but never heard anything. My editor/cover designer told me after she read a couple of my manuscripts that I just had to get them out in front of people. She showed me what I needed to do and that's when it all started. I think I made the right decision to be an indie author. It's been a great ride.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been great. Their platform is so easy to use. It's a great way to get your book in many markets. I've sold more on Smashwords and their retailers than anywhere my books are published.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I just love to write. The greatest joy has to be getting my stories down and then publishing them. I love to hear from people that like my writing. It's gratifying to hear from fans. Especially the ones that stay in touch. Several fans are dedicated and keep up with where my works in progress are. They tweet and facebook my updates faithfully. I just love all my new friends and that's what I consider my fans.
What are you working on next?
The next book in my pile of manuscripts in the works is the 2nd book in the "Lean On Him" christian romance series, "Faith Through The Tears". It's a continuation of book one but from a different characters story. It's a story of love and loss. When Randy loses his precious wife to cancer, how will he go on. Their two little girls are the only thing keeping him going. Will he ever love again? The story centers around his faith and how he handles his grief and the coming of someone new in his life.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author since I was a child is Danielle Steele. Since childhood I've added Nora Roberts, Rita Hestand and several others to my reading list favorites. Also have recently added Marin Thomas, a fellow cowboy romance writer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I guess you could say my family. I have a wonderful husband and great teenage son that inspire me each day. They are so supportive of my choice to be a writer. My family have rallyed around me and helped me. Most of all the Lord inspires me everyday with His words of hope and love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I own an accounting firm and am a children's minister. I stay pretty busy. Not to mention being a wife, mother, and everything else. I love to read, which is great for a writer.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first romance novel I ever read, well really long novel was "Remembrance" by Danielle Steele. It totally blew me away. That's when I became a huge fan of romance and Danielle Steele. The story was a tragic love story that took me away to a different time and place. I reread the story every summer for years. It's great if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Hideaway Lane
Series: Wishful Harbor. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,640. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
When a small fire in Julie's bookstore brings the firemen, she's shocked to find out one of them is her old high school crush, Paul Wells. Paul can't believe his luck, so he asks her to the town festival. He's now the owner of the Christmas tree farm on Hideaway Lane, the one Julie has been going to all her life. But, when the bank threatens to take the farm from him, Julie steps in to help.
Lacey's Choice
Series: Alpine Romance. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,640. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Grab a cup of hot chocolate and sit down with this short romance that will warm your heart as well as make you unsure what will happen until the end... Within hours of Lacey's acceptance of Drakes proposal, Brent, the man that left her at the altar calls, wanting another chance. Lacey refuses him, but Drake pushes her to go back to America to face her past so their future can be untarnished.
Promises Forgotten
Series: Sky Ridge. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,670. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Historical
After a hasty marriage, Joy had never expected to fall in love with Nash, but she had. Soon after, he was called away to do his duty as the negotiator between the army and the northern Indian tribes. It was dangerous and Nash only hoped that he could soon return to his beautiful young wife. Joy lay every night, waiting for her love to return.
Falling Snow - A Christmas Miracle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,650. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Katie's dream was to keep her bed and breakfast in the mountains of Virginia running. Noah only wanted to get to Atlanta to take care of an issue at his corporate office, but a snowstorm has grounded him and the only place to stay is Gingerbread House. Then a snowstorm changes everything. Romance and a little bit of suspense fill the pages of this book.
Breakwater Lane
Series: Wishful Harbor. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,730. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When Jordan Reed inherits her grandfather's deli in small town Wishful Harbor, her life is turned upside down. Things start to look better when her childhood crush, Skylar, turns out to be her new contractor. When someone tries to intervene in Jordan and Skylar's relationships the mysteries of Jordan's family start to unravel. What she learns could change her life and her f
Promises Made
Series: Sky Ridge. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,360. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Historical
A hasty wedding makes for a rough start to a marriage, but Joy sees it as no choice. She soon realizes that marriage to the handsome Nash Collins isn't that bad. Love takes them by surprise as they get to know one another. It's just after their love blooms that Nash is called away. Will it tear them apart or make their love stronger?
Sowing the Right Seed
Series: Lean On Him. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
A Christian Romance… When Carly Rhodes loses her job, then her grandfather, she’s forced to move back home to run the family farm. She never expected to be sharing the job with the one man that could tear her heart out in one second and have her screaming mad in the next. Sloan had changed, he was now a devoted Christian and that bothered Carly. She’d slipped away from her faith years ago.
Highlander's Bride
Series: Cowen Clan Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,940. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
In the 2nd book of the Cowen series, adventure and romance fill the pages as Laird Ewan thought he'd be starting his life with Evina, the one woman that stole his breath away, but Laird McKinney had other plans. With Evina kidnapped only moments before the wedding, Laird Ewan, angry and desperate, goes out in search of his love, vowing to bring her back, even if it meant his life.
Highlander's Heart
Series: Cowen Clan Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,080. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
The moment Laird Ewan Cowen looks into Evina McLeod’s emerald green eyes, the sparks fly. He needs a bride and she needs his protection from the evil Laird McKinney. When Ewan offers marriage in exchange for his protection, Evina has no choice, but the love that unfolds in the days before their wedding is unexpected. Neither of them knew that McKinney had a hidden agenda.
Fall in Love at Sea
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,260. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Romance » Historical
2 book Pirate collection: Safe in the Pirate's Arms & The First Mate's Lady Their fates were entwined. Although he was deemed a pirate by most, those that knew him were aware of the truth. He would protect her with his life. Their lives were changed forever the moment she stowed away on his ship. What would he do with a woman on a pirate ship?
The First Mate's Lady
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,760. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Tom Breckin knew the moment he saw the masked woman across the dance floor that he'd lost his heart. Then she disappeared only to reappear as a stowaway on his ship. What would he do with a woman on a pirate ship? Things are about to get interesting, but very dangerous.
A Light Upon My Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,810. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Naomi Harris is only 18 when she’s sent from Georgia to Montana to marry a stranger. Joseph Walsh is a wealthy, 30-year-old, ranch owner, but he’s lonely and in need of a Christian bride. Naomi’s poor home life doesn’t prepare her for life on a large ranch and Joseph’s not sure how to react to the innocent young woman that he brought across the country to be his bride.
Lily
Series: The Women of Magnolia Hill. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,360. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Lily Raleigh never dreamed that one day she’d leave her beloved Magnolia Hill. Then when William Tyler, a young school superintendent offers her the job of teaching in Nevada, she accepts. The moment she steps off the train in the dusty, gold rush town in Nevada, she rethinks her decision. With William by her side, she pushes forward. Their relationship blossoms into something special.
Seaside Beginnings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,420. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Maddy loses her husband, she has to start her life over at 45. She decides to follow her dream of buying a Bed and Breakfast and quickly learns it's more work than she thought. The infuriating contractor she hires to help out is stubborn and hard headed, and they quickly become best friends. But will Seaside Beginnings bring them closer or tear them apart?
Five Oaks Ranch Collection
Series: Five Oaks Ranch. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 152,610. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
Experience all the love the Cauthen family has for each other and for the soulmates they meet along the way. This collection of books by best-selling author Stephanie Payne Hurt includes: Ridge, Oakley, Chase, Luke, Maggie, and A Christmas to Remember.
A Christmas to Remember
Series: Five Oaks Ranch. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,270. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
As Maggie's wedding draws near, Grantland and Bridget Cauthen reminisce about their wedding and the love they passed down to their children. The family works together to make Dalton and Maggie's special day one to remember, but when tragedy strikes, the wedding might need to be postponed. this is the story of great love, family, and getting over obstacles that stand in the way.
Maggie
Series: Five Oaks Ranch. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,890. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Maggie is the youngest of the Cauthen children, watched very closely by her brothers. When they realize that she has been seeing a man that is much older than her, the brothers grow worried. Maggie resents the over protective way they manage her love life. When they confront the man, she turns on them. They are forced to realize she’s no longer a child and they struggle with the relationship.
Luke
Series: Five Oaks Ranch. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,050. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
Out of all the Cauthen siblings, Luke’s the hardest to get to know. He’s known as the lady’s man around town. He’s always been the black sheep of the family, getting into trouble and leaving broken hearts along the way. There's one woman that owns Luke Cauthen’s heart and he won’t let her in. Then when she ends up in trouble, he’s forced into a situation that will change his heart forever.
Chase
Series: Five Oaks Ranch. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,800. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Chase Cauthen is a passionate man. His dream is to be a champion in the rodeo circuit, but with that dream comes danger. Cara Middleton is the one woman that will try to tame the wildest of the Cauthen Brood. The moment he locks eyes with her in the arena he has to have her, but having her means giving up his dream. Can he walk away from the life he strives for?
Oakley
Series: Five Oaks Ranch. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,820. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
After finishing school, Oakley starts working at the 5 Oaks Ranch with the rest of his siblings. When Ridge hires a female ranch hand, Oakley’s old fashioned way of thinking causes tension at the ranch. Will he be able to see Ellen as a capable addition to the ranch along with the rest of the family? When the sparks fly, will they see it?
Ridge
Series: Five Oaks Ranch. Price: Free! Words: 34,670. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
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The oldest son of the Cauthen brood and the hardest of all the siblings. After two tours in Iraq, he returns to the 5 Oaks Ranch to take his place in the business. But he struggles with nightmares and the memories of everything he’s seen in the last seven years. Always the toughest of the siblings, he’s turned hard edged and even harder to get close to. When the new veterinarian comes in and start
Emma Rose
Series: The Women of Magnolia Hill. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,890. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Emma Rose has to move forward, but the dreams of a forbidden moonlit kiss haunt her. A proposal from another man could change the path she chose for herself. When her first love comes back to town her heart is torn between the man she has loved all her life and the man that can give her what she needs. When Ethan tries to unmask Peter’s true intentions will Emma see the truth?
Safe in the Pirate's Arms
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,530. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Her breath caught in her throat as the white sails came into view. She watched The Lady sail into port grandly. Although it was a known Pirate ship she couldn’t help but admire it. He wanted to see her again. He’d only caught site of her quickly on the docks. Who was she? She’d been like a breath of fresh air.
With All My Heart (Revised Edition)
Series: Lean On Him. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,060. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Inspirational
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Amanda’s immense faith has led her to be a Children’s Minister. She also dreams of meeting the man that God has for her. Luke comes along and steals her heart, leading her to a new height of happiness. When the unthinkable happens, her faith wavers and the light goes out. Can Luke help her find her faith again or will she be lost forever? This is the 1st book in the “Lean On Him” series.
The Winner Takes All
Series: Winner, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,570. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
The proposal was sudden and totally unexpected, but true love just can’t be held back. Then Slade suggests they get married Valentine’s Day in just six weeks. With Slade living across the United States and his fame mixed in, Stacy panics and calls off the engagement. Will the Winner Take All…
Finding The Right Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,820. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Lily moves to Savannah to start her new career she moves into the very house she’s dreamed about since childhood. The landlord is a little too familiar and the cemetery on the property carries memories from her past. When she slips into the past everything comes back, even the man from her dreams. This is a hauntingly sweet romance that will keep you guessing until the end. Time will tell.
Faith Through The Tears
Series: Lean On Him, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,300. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Romance
When Randy lost his wife, he fell apart, his faith tested. She was his soul mate. But he had to start life alone with his two little girls. Things change drastically when Joy moves in to help with the house and the girls. Can he love again? Is she the Christian woman he’d prayed for? His faith is tested and rewarded in this sweet story of loss, new love and test of faith.
Open The Heart - Alpine Christmas Romance
Series: Alpine Romance, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,880. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
When Lacey Dannon gets left at the altar she's stunned. Her best friend acts quickly and puts her on a plane to the destination of her dreams, Switzerland at Christmas time. The destination also includes staying in a chalet with a grieving Cowboy, Drake Tyler. When their eyes meet for the first time, they know it’s something special, but will their past pull them apart or Open THe Heart...
Fall In Love With A Cowboy Collection
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 142,240. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This is a collection of Cowboy romances from author Stephanie Payne Hurt. All three have a Cowboy hero and a heroine that can't resist her cowboy. Each book is full of heart filled romance and suspense mingled in. Ghost Lover / Moonbeam & Roses / A Love Never Lost
Victoria - 1st Book in The Women of Magnolia Hill Saga
Series: The Women of Magnolia Hill, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,990. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Victoria Slaughter was a strong willed young woman. She knew what she wanted in a husband and it wasn’t going to be a prearranged marriage as her parents had. When the Civil War looms near, her father has to take matters into his own hands. In comes Zane Camden, a hard-working, handsome shipping magnate from Boston. Could he win her heart before war breaks out?
Tender Flames & Rekindled Flame
Series: Flames Of Love. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,570. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
This is a compilation of Tender Flames & Rekindled Flame. These books make up the Flames of Love series.
Ghost Lover (1st Anniversary Special Edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,020. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
The dying words of Jess’s mother are for her to find the love of her life. With an overbearing father, will she have that chance? Is the cowboy behind the Black Stetson her soul mate? When her father’s partner decides to stake claim on her, who will win the fight? Suspense, tragedy, romance and a stranger in the shadows lead to a dramatic final showdown.
Rekindled Flame
Series: Flames Of Love, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,010. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
He haunts her dreams; she torments his nights! When her father’s funeral brings her home, Lydia is forced to face hard reality. She left town two years earlier with a secret and a broken heart. The man behind her heart break is at the funeral sending her into a complete panic. The fire they started that fated New Year’s Eve two years ago is still smoldering and one look sets the sparks flying.
The Winner Is Love
Series: Winner, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 22,900. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
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Contests were not Stacy’s thing, but when her friend enters her in a contest for a weekend with Slade Collins, the movie star, her life changes drastically. Will the cozy cabin in the mountains be the starting point of something wonderful or a realization of things that aren't meant to be? Will love find its way in or will they say goodbye on Monday? This is the 1st book in “The Winner” series.
A Love Never Lost
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,810. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Lilly has her life planned. Go to college, meet a wonderful man, and have children. Zane has a plan too and it includes Lilly, but he only realized that when he went off to college. Frustration fills him as he watches a new man in her life sweeping her away. One kiss tells him she feels the same way, but the new man has other plans. Will she choose the right man or go down the wrong path?
Tender Flames
Series: Flames Of Love, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,140. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
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In the 1st book in the ‘Flames of Love’ Series, Sara’s heart swells every time Wes is near. Can her childhood friend become more or just grow away from her? Will Zack turn her heart away from his brother? Love works in mysterious ways and a heart has a will of its own. Sometimes our futures change in a moment…
Ghost Lover
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,670. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
The dying words of Jess’s mother are for her to find the love of her life. With an overbearing father, will she have that chance? Is the cowboy behind the Black Stetson her soul mate? When her father’s partner decides to stake claim on her, who will win the fight? Suspense, tragedy, romance and a stranger in the shadows lead to a dramatic final showdown.
Moonbeam & Roses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,060. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Romance » Western
Sara is an artist with a passion for horses. Wes is a cowboy with a passion for Sara, but he knows she’s out of his league. Pushing her away he leaves for Montana, leaving her lost and heartbroken. Will she heal her heart with another man? He rushes home when she’s almost killed, but is he too late? Will he lose her forever?