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Holly Payne


Holly Payne reads a passage from Kingdom of Simplicity, a story set in Amish country about the power of forgiveness. (Running Time: 19:32)

Holly Payne is a novelist and private writing coach who founded the Skywriter Series Writing Workshops, Retreats and Coaching. She is the author of three novels, Kingdom of Simplicity, The Virgin's Knot and The Sound of Blue. Published in nine countries, The Virgin's Knot received critical acclaim as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection 2002 and a Border's Original Voices Book 2002. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Payne now lives with her husband and family in Marin County. She has taught screenwriting and story development at the Academy of Art University and currently serves on the faculty of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She received a MFA from the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC. Kingdom of Simplicity is the winner of a Marin Arts Council Grant for Fiction. Payne is currently at work on a novel of historical fiction set in medieval Bulgaria and Turkey.


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