Peggy Payne is a novelist, nonfiction writer, and private editorial consultant.  The research for her travel writing and novels has taken her to more than 25 countries. Her fiction deals with the exotic and supernatural, with sexy spirituality. Her most recent novel Cobalt Blue was released last year in 6 countries.  Her Sister India is a New York Times Notable Book.  She is also the author of the novel Revelation and co-author, with Allan Luks, of The Healing Power of Doing Good. Her articles, reviews, or essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Travel+Leisure, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, More and many others. Her work has been cited in Best American Short Stories and published in anthologies including God: Stories, edited by Atlantic Monthly fiction editor C. Michael Curtis, New Stories from the South, and Remarkable Reads. An interview with Peggy, “Writing and Revelation,” is included in Dale Brown’s Of Fiction and Faith: Twelve American Writers Talk about Their Vision and Work.

Praise for Peggy Payne’s Writing

“From the novel’s very first sentence, her ravaged voice grips the reader.” — The New York Times

“Pits the ineffable demand of the spiritual against the pragmatic concerns of the worldly.” –New Age Journal

“Cobalt Blue establishes Peggy Payne as the occult Colette.” — Dan Wakefield, How Do We Know When It’s God?

“Payne writes with a sure, graceful hand, moving her characters from fearful isolation to connection, from awakening to redemption.” — The Charlotte Observer

Sister India is a book of wisdom, even, one wants to say, of enlightenment.”  — The Independent Weekly

Cobalt Blue is “beautifully intense….” — Huffington Post

“She tells an incredible story incredibly well.” — The Baltimore Sun

About the Doe Branch Ink Writers’ Retreat

“Your week at Doe Branch Ink will allow for the kind of writing-and-learning experience that I think works best:  immersion, concentration – and a chance to move back and forth easily between writing and feedback, solitude and good conversation. My style of working with writers is as an ongoing conversation between peers.  My goal is to help people do their best work and, for those who are interested, to offer consideration of current publishing trends and requirements.

My work teaching and consulting with writers has ranged from undergraduates to people in their nineties.  I’ve held a residency to teach fiction in the Duke English Department, and taught at venues including Rancho La Puerta in Mexico, Meredith College, NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and Auburn Seminary in New York.  I also work privately with individuals, offering manuscript feedback and/or career counsel. Writers I’ve worked with have published with major book houses including Simon & Schuster, Wiley, Workman, and St. Martin’s, as well as smaller presses, literary journals, magazines (Gourmet, Newsweek) newspapers, and online publications.” — Peggy Payne