Payne, Emily

I was born and, for the most part, raised in North Carolina. I have always loved reading and writing, and I studied journalism and mass communication and creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation in 2006, I moved to Greenville, S.C., and have been here ever since. I currently work as a client representative at a wealth management firm. 

As a child, I often wrote little stories, but the idea of being an author did not come about until the summer I was 13. My parents were busy working and building our house, and I stayed with my grandparents for days on end. That was just on the cusp of the young adult genre becoming popular – there was no Harry Potter, no Twilight, no Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants yet, and I quickly ran out of things to read that summer. Finally, in frustration, I thought that if I couldn’t find a good book to read, I’d just write one myself. I did write a “book” that summer – it was 24 pages long, and I was so proud of myself. And the dream of being an author has stuck with me ever since. Over the years it has taken a backseat to more pressing matters such as school and jobs, but it’s always been there. 

Aside from reading and writing, I love to travel, which is lucky since seeing new places frequently provides inspiration for my writing. I also enjoy trying new foods and wines. In my spare time, I do yoga, crochet and spend time with my friends and family.