Wes Payton


Wes Payton has a B.A. in Rhetoric/Philosophy and an M.A. in English. His play Way Station was selected for a Next Draft reading in 2015, and What Does a Question Weigh? was selected for a staged reading as part of the 2017 Chicago New Work Festival. He is the author of the novels Lead Tears, Darkling Spinster, Darkling Spinster No More, Standing in Doorways, and Downstate Illinois. Wes and his family live in Oak Park, Illinois.

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Downstate Illinois
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,980. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Weston Payley is a 51-year-old author of a series of romance novels. He moves from his longtime home of Chicago to a small town in the middle of Illinois where he summered as a boy. The town is not quite as he remembers, as it struggles with many of the same issues currently besieging Midwestern towns, including high rates of opioid addiction and home foreclosures.
Darkling Spinster No More
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,890. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Reb is back along with Paul, Milly, and Monty. After the harrowing events of last year, the four hope that 1882 will bring peace and prosperity…and perhaps a wedding. However, an old enemy returns and plots to ruin it all. Will the help of an unlikely new friend be enough to save them?
Lead Tears
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,370. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
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Lead Tears tells the story of a lost soul named Vert and his search for purpose. He works as a Witness, which is a "new and necessary profession" in the near future. Witnesses are paid observers who document important events in reports written from their unique perspectives. Vert grapples with the absurdities of his lucrative line of work as he encounters people living lives they loathe.

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