Interview with Anna Payne

What are you working on next?
I'm currently editing two of my grandmother's books and will soon be editing my mom's book. I'm currently editing the Planted Flowers Bible Study Workbook and the Pray Specifically Journal Workbook. I hope to edit the Mathews Matchmakers series book one and book two before the end of 2017.
Who are your favorite authors?
Grace Livingston Hill, Anna Daisy Suderman, and Mary Stewart. I love the way Grace Livingston Hill added a moral or demonstrated a scriptural reference in each book. My grandmother, Anna Daisy Suderman, wrote poetry, scripture songs, and sermons as well as a family history. Mary Stewart still holds me spell bound with her mystery books. I love the way her first sentence holds me enthralled.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My grandson inspires me every morning. I awake to the padding of his little feet and his face in mine. I love to write and wish I could spend more time doing it!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I clean. I have four cats and six people living in my house. We have too little space and bathrooms for the humans. There are three locations for cat boxes. And our floors show all the cat hair and dust as well as the cat toys and toddler toys (sometimes the same).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lately I've joined several cross promotions with other authors. I've found some talented writers and feisty animals that way. Sometimes the covers are a tiny bit misleading. One author I'm reading, I'm into the third book and still haven't found the cat on the cover. She's just too funny to stop reading!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. My grandmother held contests for our family when she visited. We wrote poetry and stories. I had pages and pages which disappeared one week. I was sad. I was eight.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea. It grows. I mention it to home and someone inevitably says something odd which sparks the imagination. Then I sit and write out a beginning and an end. 'Where's the dead body?' usually comes up. And then how do we get from here to there? I try to fill out the major plot points, then set out scenes. Then I write, usually for 30 to 40 days. After a break of a few days or years, I come back to it and begin the editing process. Editing is hard, but at the end of the editing process is the rewrite which usually sparks creativity all over again. I get excited and attached to my characters. I love it!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been reading most of my life. One book I read was about a little girl during the depression who lived with her family on a farm. She was poor. Her parents were sad. But she found a hidden room at the big house where she wasn't supposed to be to sneak away and read. After my little girls were in grade school, I read the book to them and they loved it. My daughter has the original book now put away for safe keeping and a more recent copy I spent $30 for on Amazon. She still rereads the book even now after turning thirty. It's called The Velvet Room.
How do you approach cover design?
I've taken several classes on cover design. One I recommend is given by Holly Lisle. She covers making sure your book title and your name can be seen on the cover even when the book is a tiny thumbnail. And the art should tell your reader something about the book. Don't use too many fonts. Less is more.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The bible, because it is God's word and what I need daily.
The Velvet Room, because it is about reading and a girl who loves to read.
Any Grace Livingston Hill books, because she was awesome and completely supported herself and family through her books and bible school curriculum.
The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart, because "I met him in a street called Straight." is the best first line ever. But then so many of her books are memorable.
Lynn Kurland's The Gift of Christmas Past in the anthology The Christmas Cat. A cat leads a woman back in time to meet a man who's allergic to the cat! I loved this. Still my favorite anthology
What do you read for pleasure?
Funny books, my bible, bible studies, and devotions.
Published 2017-07-01.
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Books by This Author

Planted Flowers Series: All Six Books in One Volume!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,990. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Planted Flowers is a new Christian suspense series about six women who hope to draw closer to God. The trials and dangers they face cement their bonds to each other, restore their relationship with God, and open their hearts to the men in their lives. Read all six books in one action-packed volume with over 700 pages. And read the first chapter of Daisy's book!
Driving: A Driving with Anna Devotional
Price: Free! Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Late? Listen to God’s voice and arrive safely. Do you find yourself running late while driving? Are you desperate to get off the road? Learn to listen to God’s voice. Look around you. Find the joy in the journey. Driving is a short devotional which gives you a new way of thinking while driving. Each topic brings a new perspective. Download and read Driving now!
Beginnings: A Driving with Anna Devotional
Price: Free! Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Find your purpose. Achieve your dreams. Do you wonder if you are walking in God’s plan for your life? Do you feel lost or confused? Are you uncertain about what direction God has for your life? Beginnings is a compact devotional created to empower you to live your life with purpose. Each of the devotionals shares Anna K Payne’s experiences as each New Year approaches. Read Beginnings now!
Friends: A Driving with Anna Devotional
Price: Free! Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
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Need better friends? Let God change how you see them. Ever wonder why you can’t have better friends? Maybe your perspective is what needs changing. Gain God’s viewpoint into the lives of your friends. See what treasures are there to be found! Friends is a mini devotional that gives you insight into individuals. Become a better friend! Download and read Friends for free now!