5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Louise Payne, author of Playing Dirty Mind Games

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Louise Payne, author of Playing Dirty Mind Games
(Self Published on Lulu.com)

Sydney Henderson is the youngest daughter of the infamous Lock-Ness, a drug lord from East London, Hackney, yet she is no stranger to struggle and pain. Her Multiple Personality Disorder wreaks havoc over her life, and she soon finds herself on the brink of self-destruct after his murder.

She’s adamant to get to the truth but struggles to hold on to the person she used to be. Meanwhile, the three personalities that continuously corrupt her mind battle to be freed. We can’t all be “That Girl” or “That Guy” in the hood. In Hackney, it’s all about status, and Sydney is determined to get back on top.

With respect comes direction, the ability to manipulate another’s movement in the game and Judas Mendez doesn’t take too kindly to direction. He’s tired of hustling under his father’s thumb and prepares to cut their ties. His fiancé doesn’t share his vision for street credibility and soon finds herself fighting for more than her investments when she learns of his deceit.

Does love and loyalty have a place in a lifestyle of glory, lies and pain? All is reviled when a new player steps onto the board determined to take over the game.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Playing Dirty Mind Games?

Louise Payne: Just people in general. I love the way people’s minds work. I love manipulation, not that I’m a manipulator. I love the whole idea of characters manipulating each other and dictating their decisions.

I grew up in Hackney, a borough in London. I thought what better than to put all my characters there. I wanted to put them in a real urban environment. It was as realistic as a fiction author can get.

JP: What sets Playing Dirty Mind Games apart from other books in the same genre?

LP: The main character in this twisted urban tale suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder and is almost unaware that her other personalities have lives of their own. The reader however is well aware of the events that take place during her episodes but are often left in suspense as to when they will appear.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Playing Dirty Mind Games getting out to the public?

LP: Pure determination, hard work and perseverance… I’m learning, taking advice and meeting some really interesting people along the way.

It’s all about networking and finding out what people want to read. Writing’s like a hustle. If you’re not in tune with your readers, then your slacking.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Playing Dirty Mind Games?

LP: I started Playing Dirty Mind Games about two years ago. Since then, I have re-written it twice, changed the names of characters and cut whole chapters out. During that time, I worked on another book. After it was published, I found a method that just worked.

I used to sit with the laptop and type out my manuscript, editing the mistakes as I went along. Now, I just draft on paper and re-draft when I’m typing it up. It works for me.

JP: What’s next for Louise Payne?

LP: Playing Dirty Mind Games will be available as an eBook. I Am Special, the sequel to Playing Dirty Mind Games, will be released in May 2012.

I’m currently working on my final edit for my third novel Santiago. I hope to have finished and published by the end of the year




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2 thoughts on “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Louise Payne, author of Playing Dirty Mind Games”

  1. It’s moments like this that has me in awe about what I do. I post a lot of interviews from Black authors in the USA, and a fair share might fall within the urban fiction genre one way or another.

    When I was approached by Ms. Payne to be a part of the author interview series, I was honored. I was shocked to see that I was getting some urban fiction from “across the pond”. I’ve had a few authors featured from the U.K., but a Black author with an urban fiction book from the U.K. was intriguing.

    I wish her the best in all of her literary endeavors, and I look forward to updating this post with purchase information.

  2. Started reading this book & just could not put it down, by the end of it I had a few questions that I wanted to ask the author because I felt like I couldnt wait to read the sequel, but knowing there is definately another book one the way will be well worth the wait.

    Defo one to read, great book!!!

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