Summer/Fall 2021:

During this ‘re-entry’ year of 2021, I am putting the final touches on my new novel, YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE, set in 1970 around Caspian Lake in bucolic Greensboro, Vermont. The early reviews from critical readers have been terrific, and I can’t wait to share this new story with you! Many thanks to readers everywhere for your interest, support, and patience. In the meantime, please patronize your local independent bookstores so they can continue to recover from the pandemic. All of my books are available through these bookstores and through on-line channels. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please get in touch through the contact section of this website.

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.”