Holly Payne, author, mother, writing coach and founder of Skywriter Books

Welcome Friends!

After becoming a mama for the first last year, I wanted to give my baby girl a gift and share it with you. I simply wanted to write about the people who rock my world by focusing on one person per month. That’s 12 stories of inspiration from me to you. Pretty simple.

Why? I wanted to find a way to write about the people who don’t end up as characters in my novels. Real people doing real things right in my back yard.

Thank you for your interest in these stories. May they lift your spirits and bring a smile. Maybe you know someone who inspires you? If so, let me know and we’ll see if they’d like us to know about them, too. 

The world is full of inspiration. I look forward to discovering more and sharing it with each of you.


Holly Payne is a novelist and writing coach living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter. She is the internationally selling author of three novels and the founder of Skywriter Books, a publishing consultancy offering premium editing, writing coaching and publishing strategies. Her debut novel, The Virgin’s Knot (Dutton/Plume, 2002) was published in 9 countries and was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Book. Her second novel, The Sound of Blue (Dutton/Plume 2005), was inspired by a Serb refugee and musician she befriend teaching English in Hungary. Her latest book, Kingdom of Simplicity, (Skywriter, 2009) was listed on the Top 10 in the San Francisco Chronicle and won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book from a new press. In March, it was published by KOK of The Netherlands and will be published soon in Taiwan. She has taught screenwriting, story development and fiction at The Academy of Art, San Francisco State University, California College of the Arts and most recently, Stanford. She is currently working on a new book about Sufi mystics set in medieval Europe.


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