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ABOUT THE BOOK: Life On A Cliff is the highly-anticipated sequel to Payne's award-winning novel Cliff Walking. Famous seascape artist Francis Monroe has come to love Kate Johnson and her artistic son Stringer, who were tracked from California to Maine by their abusive husband and father, Leland. After surviving a brutal attack and a subsequent grueling trial, Francis assumes they can all enjoy a normal life together. Kate, however, is anything but settled as her old demons of addiction and self-destructive behavior threaten to destroy the good life they have fought so hard to create. Set on the breathtakingly beautiful coast of Maine, Life On A Cliff explores how deeply rooted we are in our established ways and that change, in its many forms, can be exceedingly hard to accept--even if it is for the better.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen Russell Payne, a fourth generation Vermonter from the fabled Northeast Kingdom, is the author of the novel, Cliff Walking, Ties That Bind Us-A Collection of Vermont Short Stories, and the biography, Riding My Guitar-The Rick Norcross Story. He has also published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in Vermont Life Magazine, The Vermont Literary Review, The Tufts Review, and other journals. He brings an impressive breadth of life experience to his writing, drawing on careers as a former police officer and practicing New England surgeon for over 30 years. Payne received his Master’s in English from Tufts University before attending medical school at the University of Vermont, where he has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery since 1988.
Cliff Walking received the 2017 Bronze Medal in fiction from the Readers’ Favorite Awards. Payne was also awarded the 2017 Physician Award for Community Service from the Vermont State Medical Society, in part because of his efforts through sales of Cliff Walking to support organizations working to end spousal and child abuse.
He lives on an organic farm with his family and is an active supporter of area land trusts, serving on the board of directors of the Lake Champlain Land Trust.