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I’ve been an aromatherapist, a roller-girl, a DJ, a singer in a band, a designer, a craft tutor, and an organic farmer. But I’ve always been a writer.

I wrote my first short story when I was twelve featuring “Martian Kemp”. No, not an early attempt at cross-genre Spandau Ballet alien fan fiction, just bad spelling. Since then I’ve written numerous short stories, articles and essays, as well as keeping a journal for over 20 years, and my spelling has greatly improved.

Writing a novel was always the pinnacle, one of the things I was going to do “one day”. And so, one day I did. I tamped down all that experience, mixed it in with the general bits and bobs of living and loving in London, and jumped up and down for a bit. Picking over the resulting cat-sick, I embellished it, polished it up and wrote my first novel, “This Is Not A Love Story”.

“This Is Not A Love Story” is now available to buy on Amazon. Click to buy a copy or download a free sample today.

"This Is Not a Love Story" a novel by L M Payne

Want to find out more? Click here to read the full book description and download a free sample.

My short story collection, STASH and other stories is currently available for free by clicking on the link in the sidebar, or on the Get A Free Book page.

I also write articles on sustainable crafting, organic growing, seasonal eating and book reviews for UK Handmade, an online design magazine. When I’m not writing, I love to knit and crochet, and sometimes I design patterns.

I have a first class Honours degree in Literature and am studying for an MA in Creative Writing. Coming up in 2016 is the release of my collection of short shorts ‘Lovebytes’. I’m currently working on my next novel ‘Jumper’, and a memoir about my recent diagnosis with a rare autoimmune disease and subsequent illness and disability.

Let’s connect! Keep in touch by signing up to the mailing list to hear all my news including details about my new releases. Here’s a link to my Amazon Author Page. You can also find me on Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, Ravelry and posting random photos on Instagram.