Interview with Novelist Payne Hawthorne (Alpha Awakened, Dormant Desires)


Interview with Payne Hawthorne

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Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?

Payne Hawthorne: My novels are all about souls finding each other. I hate to call them romances because I refuse to do anything by a formula, but they are all love stories of one kind or another.

All of my self-published novels are in the paranormal/fantasy/romance genres.

Dormant Desires is about humans who had no idea they carried dormant lycanthropy genetics, (These 4 titles are also narrated and up as audio books).

Fire Clothed in Skin is about Demons.

The Elysian is about a stranded Alien, and AdventuresinPayne is about Angels who at one time were separated and now he has returned to earth as a mortal to retrieve her soul.

I have one contemporary romance titled Avery with a strong Dominant male theme.   

All my work carries a thread of erotica throughout and I like to think my stories are some of the most unique anyone has ever read.

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

PH: Because my stories are the most unique fiction anyone has ever read. My stories are from a mindset not often heard and I think almost everyone can find entertainment in what I write.

MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?  

PH: Uniquely provocative

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

PH: LadyHawke

MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?

PH: No, not at all. I never dreamt I would end up a writer. I was a professional athlete for most of my life. I spent 25 years as a horse trainer and traveled, lectured and taught clinics on the phycology of a prey animal. I was also a decorated competitor and accomplished in all aspects of horsemanship/riding/teaching/training etc.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel?  Have you read a novel more than once? 

PH: I rarely repeat anything, novels or movies. But I do love the entire Outlander Series from Diana Gabaldon. I was also quite fond of the Twilight series even though it was YA.

MT: What motivates you to write? 

PH: It is my therapy and how I escape. Now that I’ve struggled through the academic aspects and the execution issues I had in the beginning, I thoroughly enjoy the creation process. It’s the best high I can think of. I hate everything that comes after the creation process, but I realize all that is essential, so I am learning how to be a better editor and also better at being edited etc.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with? 

PH: I can’t think of anyone off hand. I’m not really a fan-girl in that respect. Perhaps a few actors/actresses I respect and would love to have star in a movie made from one of my books.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

PH: Horses.

And oddly enough, I’m extremely passionate about passion itself. I’ve been on a life’s quest to find the man I was created for. I want to dwell in real time with a soul mate. I love sex and all the carnal aspects of intimacy between lovers. If permitted, I would be incredibly passionate about a male I belonged too. (I currently belong to no-one).

MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? 

PH: It’s been said a lot, but write what you are passionate about. Write what keeps you awake, no matter how weird or strange it might seem to others. Write what others are unwilling to say, even if it’s uncomfortable or not the norm. And just write. I’ve always been self-disciplined and I attempt to write something every day. I also “cross-fit” train with my writing by not only working on my fictional novels, but also writing non-fiction blogs and articles, flash fiction and short stories, and also poetry and prose. Often something short will mature into a possible book, and the opposite is also true. I’ve turned entire chapters into single prose and poetry with great success. For me, I won’t waste my reading time on anything that isn’t emotional, real and anti-formula.

Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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Monthly Festival showcasing the best of new novels from around the world. Novel transcripts get performed by professional actors. OR, we also turn novels into movies and seen by 1000s online and at various film festivals.

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