I'm an author, entrepreneur and athlete.
I develop the writing potential of successful professionals.

Holly Lynn Payne is the CEO and founder of Booxby and an internationally published novelist in eleven countries whose work has been translated into nine languages. In 2008, she founded Skywriter Books, an award-winning small press, publishing consultancy and writing coaching service. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter and has served the literary community as a producer for Litquake.

When she’s not leading a tech startup, writing or coaching other writers, she enjoys getting dirty on a mountain bike and studying integrative and holistic medicine. In 2013, she earned a master’s certification in intuition medicine and is licensed to practice Intuition Medicine in California.



The Virgin's Knot, Penguin, Skywriter Books

The Sound of Blue, Penguin, Skywriter Books

Kingdom of Simplicity, Skywriter Books

Damascena, Skywriter Books



Graven Image, writer, producer USC, 20 minute short

Fung Kai, writer, producer 5 minute short



Academy of Art University,  Screenwriting & Story Development

San Francisco State University, Screenwriting

California College of the Arts, MFA Writing Program

Stanford,  Online Writers Studio



Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers - The Virgin's Knot

First Place Benjamin Franklin Award - Kingdom of Simplicity

Marin Arts Council Grant - Kingdom of Simplicity

National Book Award Nomination, Belgium - Kingdom of Simplicity

Grand Prize Winner, Writers Digest - Kingdom of Simplicity

Distinguished Alumni Award - University of Richmond



MFA,  University of Southern California, Profressional Writing

BA,  University of Richmond - magna cum laude Journalism

MIM, Academy of Intuition Medicine


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