Featured Author of the Week J Franklin Payne #WordPressWednesday

Featured Author of the Week J Franklin Payne #WordPressWednesday

First, in your own words tell us a little about you.

Hello and thanks for having me on the blog today. My name is, J Franklin Payne. I am the author of a Novel called, Thread.

My story as the author is similar to the story of the protagonist Kyle Stone, whose story is derived from my life experiences. Those life experiences started upon losing my father to suicide at the young age of nine. After living with several families, the Army was calling as a possibly good place to find a home for a few years. After intense training in combat and engineering, I earned a Commission as an Infantry Officer at eighteen, the youngest ever commissioned, served during the Vietnam war and could not wait to get back to civilian life.

Now at home building a business and starting a family, a future that was looking so great, what followed was many years of the strangest events leading up to betrayal, greed, corporate corruption, witchcraft, paranormal and more. Those years were the craziest in my life and totally unbelievable to anyone who knows of it.

In what seemed a different life or parallel dimension, I spent many years in the Entertainment business as a manager of rock starts, along with years as a Concert and Movie producer. Honored to be Producer of USO Entertainment, Bob Hope for those who remember, serving our military delivering the best entertainment to those deployed throughout the world.

By producing a USO Show, it is not only selecting and negotiating with artists and management, formatting the show from music to comedy to dance, but it is also the logistics of traveling worldwide.

Throughout my travels, I saw so many sick or terminally ill children and wanted to do something to help them. I chose the magic of movie making to reach out to those who were terminally ill, and we would make them the Star of our movies. In thus doing the results were more than we could of asked for, totally amazing for these children, giving them a will to live again.

Where do you live?

I live with my family in Fresno Ca.

Who are the special people in your life?

My Family

Do you have any pets?

I am the dog lover. His name is Duke. My wife Lynn prefers her cats, of which she has three.

What keeps you going? I mean, like what inspires you and keeps you moving forward in your work?

I had a story to tell and did not stop until I got it right.

What is your favorite song?

I Want a New Drug by Huey Lewis and the News. https://g.co/kgs/8SS1x9

What is your favorite movie?

War movies

What is your favorite book?

Harold Robbins and Thread

What is your favorite food?


What is your favorite quote?

If it ain’t broken, then don’t fix it.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

The dishonesty in government

What do you think your best strengths are, and how do they help you in your work as a writer?

My strengths are my experiences traveling the world.

What are your weaknesses, and how are you making them stronger?

I am too trusting of people

What is your dream for the future, and how does it relate to your work as a writer?

I want to validate myself with book sales.

What is your preferred way of communicating, and how can someone reach you if they wish to buy from or work with you in some way?

Email is best. I can be reached at: vetswatchdog@gmail.com

Before you go, is there anything you’d like to add about yourself, or your work that I’ve not asked?

My book Thread is incredibly special to me, it is a story derived from my life experiences of coming home from war and starting a business and a family all after my father killed himself when I was 9 and had to go on my own. Then all hell broke out and the book lays out all the crazy things that happened to me, witchcraft, paranormal, greed, betrayal, corruption, infidelity and more. What a story to tell and this was my first years in life. Later many accolades for my work with our military and their families as well as my nonprofit serving terminally ill children by making movies. Then, I went on to be chosen as the United States Veteran of the Year in 1995 by President Clinton and General Westmoreland. I received accolades from governors, mayors, senators, congressman, admirals and generals along with a whole bunch of celebrities. 1500 great veterans were put up for the award and a blue-ribbon panel led by General west Moreland and Vice President Gore, and I was chosen. Singled out for my work in support of our active duty and veterans for over 20 years.

The hopes and dreams project which I touched on above, came from my time touring hospitals and seeing these children who did not know if they were going to live or die. Their days consisted of the next operation and nothing positive to look forward to. I put together a program using the magic of movie making and wrote movie Scripts to fit these children so that they could be the star of the next movie. This would give them something to look forward to, something to take their minds off of their medical situation. The results were more than we could ask for and the effects that we had on these children will stay with them the rest of their lives in the most positive way.

My goal in writing this book is to have everyone wanting to read Thread because it will validate my story, validate my life. As one gets older it is important to feel that your life was not something that went unnoticed. I would also like the reader to remember, do not invite evil into your life. Take it from one who knows. Evil is lurking around the corner waiting for the right time to make itself known, stay in the light!


Thread Book Cover

Description of Book Cover

There is a cityscape showing lots of night sky and at the bottom is a sidewalk.

In the background above the city is a young woman holding a gun, her finger on the trigger. The image suggests a ripped photograph which crosses over the face obscuring the mouth. Across the top is the authors name and a tag line. There is writing across the tear in the image. Below the city building and settling on the sidewalk is the book title in a bold red color. On the edge of the sidewalk is another tagline.

Thread: A Story Like No Other by Payne, J Franklin. Literature & Fiction.


Review Rating:

5 Stars – Congratulations on your 5-star review!

Good day, Question respectfully; if all reviews come back as 5 star, everyone raves about it and are amazed how brilliant the story and characters are, a winner and best seller by everyone’s account, reads like a movie and they do not want to put it down, how do I get your attention to look closer?

The story of this businessman is so gripping that a reader will surely want to read it in one go. Also, the author’s style of writing is remarkable as he surely knows when and how much to reveal and when to put on the veil straight till the end. You know your work is a hit when the reader falls in love with the protagonist. Well! I have and I assume most of the readers too will. The coming of age of the protagonist and the plot built up around it is phenomenal.

Author J. Franklin Payne has crafted a highly entertaining and well thought out work of  drama, which reads quickly but has plenty of content from cover to cover. Many speculative elements, which were woven into a plot that is well-grounded, and therefore added to the tension and uncertainty even more.

The character development of Kyle Stone is particularly interesting and is intriguing to see how the effects of his time at war gave him fortitude for the challenges that were to face him later in life. In terms of cohesion, one of the best features of the work is its  dialogue, which not only gives the cutthroat atmosphere of the boardroom world but also characterizes and delivers plot exposition in a snappy, direct fashion. Thread is a fascinating read which will surely suit readers who love thriller novels with realistic protagonists.

Thread is my story, a family saga including The Family, a story like no other, encompassing the thriller and mystery sub-genres. Written for adults due to its complex themes and tense moments, the protagonist of the piece is successful businessman Kyle Stone, whose early life is plagued by tragedy and stark experiences of war. After this, his experiences in the business world become no less cutthroat, and the story progresses to show us all those who would make life difficult for Kyle, and the clever ways in which he is able to overcome them. What results is an enigmatic thriller with plenty of surprises and suspense.

A gripping novel that satisfies the cravings of crime novel fans with suspense, strong villains, and unforeseen twists.

Thread by author J. Franklin Payne is an action-packed story about a successful entrepreneur named Kyle Stone and his descent from his idyllic life—his wife, family, and profitable business—toward something more clandestine, more dangerous.

As past Producer of USO Entertainment and Master of Ceremonies, I have had a lot of life experiences working with the best Artists in the world and the best Warriors in the world. Chosen as Top Veteran by the President, humbled by the selection.

Thread is a loosely written memoir of earlier years.

Thread Teaser

Teaser Description

Words on a red, blue and black background.

Are you ready for a mystery thriller including crime and family in this story of betrayal and greed? Thread weaves through corporate corruption, ruthlessness, infidelity, and throw in some witchcraft and paranormal and you have a story derived from life experiences making it all the more special. You won’t believe it as you move from one page to the other. Let’s Read. THREAD

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Email: vetswatchdog@gmail.com

Social Media…

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JFrankl56063836

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