Interview Roulette: Jodi Payne

Please welcome Jodi Payne!

  1. Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever written?

Very recently I wrote a sex scene while sitting in a church pew.

  1. What food would you only consider eating if you were stranded on a desert isle with nothing else to consume?

Cottage Cheese. I hate cottage cheese. GAH.

  1. What’s one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring author?

Write something every day. Anything. Only have two minutes? Write. Stuck on your WiP? Write about what you ate for dinner. Write, write, write. Every damn day.

  1. Which of your characters is going to Vegas with you and why?

Oh, I am so taking Bradford from the Deviations Series. He has money to burn, he knows how to work a crowd, and he could talk the shirt off of anyone (in fact, he has).

  1. If you could be granted instant virtuosity on a musical instrument you don’t now play, which one would it be, and why?

I’ve always wished I knew how to play a nice bluesy harmonica. Yes, really.

  1. Write a haiku poem about your favorite beverage.

Never happier

Than when a shot of Patron

Slides over my tongue


Book blurb:

Best-selling thriller author Reese Kelsey knows his career isn’t conducive to romance. He doesn’t work the normal nine-to-five, and sometimes his characters take hold and demand all his attention, causing him to neglect important appointments… and lovers. Rather than go through another heartbreak, Reese contents himself with his small circle of friends—fellow gay New York City artists—and his dedicated publicist, Chad.

Until he sees Owen Mercado lugging his cello toward the subway and impulsively offers him a ride.

Owen has worked long and hard for a career in the symphony, and success comes with a demanding schedule—something Reese understands. Their desires and lifestyles are surprisingly compatible, and Reese and Owen certainly set the bedroom on fire. They’re both carrying baggage, but they fit, and it’s hard not to hope for a future that once seemed impossible.

But when Reese’s work inevitably pulls him into its dark world and refuses to let go, Owen draws a hard line, and Reese discovers he can’t rely on good intentions alone. He will have to control the obsession that drove his other lovers away or risk losing Owen as well.


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Author bio:

Jodi Payne spent too many years in New York and San Francisco stage managing classical plays, edgy fringe work, and the occasional musical. She therefore is overdramatic, takes herself way too seriously, and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likeable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can’t help but fall in love with while they stumble along the path to their happily ever after.

For those looking to get on her good side, Jodi’s addictions include nonfat lattes, Malbec and tequila however you pour it. She’s also obsessed with Shakespeare and Broadway musicals. She can be found wearing sock monkey gloves while typing when it’s cold, and on the beach enjoying the sun and the ocean when it’s hot. When she’s not writing and/or vacuuming sand out of her laptop, Jodi mentors queer youth and will drop everything for live music.

Jodi lives near New York City with her beautiful wife, and together they are mothers of dragons (cleverly disguised as children) and slaves to an enormous polydactyl cat.



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