Summer 2020 Events:

Sorry to say, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I will not be doing author events this summer, and probably not for the rest of the year. I hope everyone is masking up, distancing, and staying safe during these weird, frightening times. Please support your local bookstores as they struggle to stay alive.

On a lighter note, I am almost done with a first draft of my new novel, set in the extraordinarily beautiful Caspian Lake/Greensboro area of Vermont’s fabled Northeast Kingdom. Can’t wait to share it with you!

Past Events:

Cover of Life On A Cliff, A Novel by Stephen Russell Payne


Hope to see you at one of these events:

Saturday, June 29th 10:30-noon Swanton, Vermont Library for an Authors’ Panel Discussion. Writers and readers at all kinds and levels welcome!

Friday, July 12th 3-6 pm Sherman’s Books 49 Exchange St. Portland, Maine

Saturday, July 13th 1-3 pm Sherman’s Books 158 Main St. Damariscotta, Maine

Thursday, July 18th 7pm Owl & Turtle Bookshop 33 Bay View St. Camden, Maine

Saturday, July 20th 7-8pm Sherman’s Books 56 Main St. Bar Harbor, Maine

Saturday, August 17th 10am – 1pm Vermont Authors’ Fest at Craftsbury Common,Vermont. Come meet many of Vermont’s great authors and buy their signed books. Personalized books make great gifts for the holidays!


Award winning New England novelist, Howard Frank Mosher, says:

“Stephen Russell Payne has emerged as a new voice in Vermont’s impressive pantheon of creative writers, and a powerful one. Now, with his first novel, he has written a dramatic story of suspense, love, and redemption. Cliff Walking is written with clarity, passion, and great sympathy for, and understanding of, all aspects of human nature.”

Renowned American writer, X. J. Kennedy, says: 

Cliff Walking is an absorbing story, skillfully told. Not every writer can interest us in characters who are generous, kind, and good, like Francis, Kate, and Stringer. All three have known horrific events, and have survived. We believe in these characters and care about them. What Payne has given us isn’t a plotless ‘literary’ novel, but a warm and touching love story full of suspense and conflict, likely to have wide popular appeal. I like this story a lot. Payne is in top form.”

Jennifer Finney Boylan, best selling, award winning author of She’s Not There says:

“No one writes with as much passion and insight about northern Vermont as Stephen Russell Payne. With the meticulousness of a surgeon, and the lyricism of a poet, Payne captures the tenacity and honesty of the denizens of the Green Mountain State’s small towns and villages. Reading Payne is like a visit from a good old friend. His tales are always infused with equal measures of humor, wisdom, and love.”