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Small Town Settings, Amnesia and Conversion Vans with Melissa Payne

Small Town Settings, Amnesia and Conversion Vans with Melissa Payne

In today's can't-miss episode, we meet Melissa Payne, bestselling and award-winning author of The Secrets of Lost Stones, Memories in the Drift, and The Night of Many Endings. She first learned the real importance of storytelling when she worked for a residential and day treatment center for abused and neglected children, where she wrote speeches and letters to raise funds. The truth in those children’s stories was piercing and painful, written to invoke a call to action in the reader: to give, to help, and to make a difference. Melissa’s love of writing and sharing stories in all forms has endured. 

Learn about:

  • The value of small-town settings

  • Evading bears in her neighborhood

  • Being true to her storytelling voice and style

  • How she "got in the head" of an amnesiac character

  • Building an audience

  • Her approach to writing minor characters

  • How a conversion van inspired a major character

  • Her unputdownable new novel, A Light in the Forest

  • More!

She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and three children, a friendly mutt, a very loud cat, and the occasional bear. For more information, visit

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This Mysterious Goings On Podcast episode was recorded and mixed at Green Shebeen Studios in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. Copyright 2023, all rights reserved. No reproduction, excerpting, or other use without written permission.

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