All About Balance by Jodi Payne

September 20, 2017

all about balance


Hey everyone!

My name is Jodi Payne, I’m a proud Jersey Girl, I love Broadway musicals, the beach, tequila, and I’m almost always caffeinated like whoa.

I am so excited to be joining the Dreamspinner family with my new novel, Creative Process. I was asked to blog here about it, but I have to tell you, blogging isn’t really my strong suit. I do much better with making up stories than I do with presenting real ones in a way that’s entertaining. But since I’m new here, I thought a little background about me and my inspiration for Creative Process might be in order and with this book, I can do both at once.

I started this book eight years ago. No really, I did. My writing time back then was spotty at best because I had a young daughter, and then I got pregnant with my son and was trying to work full time, parent his big sister, be pregnant and write all at the same time.


Something had to give, and unfortunately, it ended up being my writing. It wasn’t a choice, it’s just what happened. Writing, for me, requires focus, and I had none to spare.

Fast forward to more recently, my kids grew up a little and became more independent, and I found myself with some quiet time now and then. I went searching through my ancient archives and found Reese (but not Owen – originally Benjamin, another character in the book, was intended as his love interest). I read it and figured out why I got stuck on it way back then, reworked the story in my head and BOOM. I was off to the races.

Art of any kind requires focus. It demands the artist keep hold of their train of thought or thread of emotion for a sustained period of time. It’s unpredictable, too: sometimes it’s demanding at inconvenient times, and sometimes inspiration just isn’t there when you need it. It requires practice, research and sometimes just plain hard work.

It’s not for everyone. And as many of you probably know, it’s not for everyone’s partner either.

Creative Process is entirely fictional, but holds a thread of truth from my own experience. My wife is not an author, she’s a crafter and a musician. We have little moments all the time where she’ll be quilting and want to be chatty and I’ll be writing and need to be in the zone. Or I want to run something by her but she’s in the middle of practicing a piece on her harp and can’t be interrupted. Balance is essential. Indulgence, patience and sometimes forgiveness are also essential. Priorities are essential. These are some of the things Reese (an author) and Owen (a cellist) navigate together in Creative Process, as together they veer way off the beaten path to find their HEA.

Also, for those of you that love a fairly developed cast of supporting characters like I do, you’ll find all kinds New York artists back up this story, as well as Reese’s publicist and Owen’s best friend, all of whom are pretty crucial to the story. Reese and Owen might not have made it without them.

Thank you to DSP for the warm welcome!



Check out Creative Process today!





Best-selling thriller author Reese Kelsey knows his career isn’t conducive to romance. He doesn’t work the normal nine-to-five, and sometimes his characters take hold and demand all his attention, causing him to neglect important appointments… and lovers. Rather than go through another heartbreak, Reese contents himself with his small circle of friends—fellow gay New York City artists—and his dedicated publicist, Chad.

Until he sees Owen Mercado lugging his cello toward the subway and impulsively offers him a ride.

Owen has worked long and hard for a career in the symphony, and success comes with a demanding schedule—something Reese understands. Their desires and lifestyles are surprisingly compatible, and Reese and Owen certainly set the bedroom on fire. They’re both carrying baggage, but they fit, and it’s hard not to hope for a future that once seemed impossible.

But when Reese’s work inevitably pulls him into its dark world and refuses to let go, Owen draws a hard line, and Reese discovers he can’t rely on good intentions alone. He will have to control the obsession that drove his other lovers away or risk losing Owen as well.


Author Bio: 

Jodi Payne spent too many years in New York and San Francisco stage managing classical plays, edgy fringe work, and the occasional musical. She therefore is overdramatic, takes herself way too seriously, and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likeable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can’t help but fall in love with while they stumble along the path to their happily ever after.

For those looking to get on her good side, Jodi’s addictions include nonfat lattes, Malbec and tequila however you pour it. She’s also obsessed with Shakespeare and Broadway musicals. She can be found wearing sock monkey gloves while typing when it’s cold, and on the beach enjoying the sun and the ocean when it’s hot. When she’s not writing and/or vacuuming sand out of her laptop, Jodi mentors queer youth and will drop everything for live music.

Jodi lives near New York City with her beautiful wife, and together they are mothers of dragons (cleverly disguised as children) and slaves to an enormous polydactyl cat.

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