Colin Payn Writer

Life is a carousel, we should have a second ride.
I get a good deal of pleasure out of simply writing my stories and working with the characters that develop as we journey together. But, hearing from readers that they have been amused, and sometimes moved by the story, that is what makes it all worthwhile.

Published March 2021

It's 2050 and George Williams considers himself a lucky man. It's a year since he—like millions of others—was forced out of his job by Artificial Intelligence. And a year since his near-fatal accident. But now, George's prospects are on the way up. With a state-of-the-art prosthetic arm and his sight restored, he's head-hunted to join a secret Government department—George cannot believe his luck.

He is right not to believe it.

George's attraction to his beautiful boss, Serena, falters when he discovers her role in his sudden good fortune, and her intention to exploit the newly-acquired abilities he'd feared were the start of a mental breakdown.

But, it turns out both George and Serena are being twitched by a greater puppet master and ultimately, they must decide whose side they're on—those who want to combat Climate-Armageddon or the powerful leaders of the human race.

Great 5 Star Reviews

I really enjoyed this book, it kept me turning the pages and was gripping to the end, with plot twists and multiple character viewpoint. Certainly had a chilling sense of 'this could actually happen' about the world we inhabit which was very thought provoking. More please.

This is a real wakeup call. What will happen if climate change is not taken seriously? Scary and thought-provoking and all too possible. This book should be required reading for all governments and heads of industry before it is too late.

An all time first for me in reading the book within 3 days - couldn't put it down. An amazing look into the future, believable characters, and pulled me in from the first chapter. The story ran straight to the point without any padding out, as some authors tend to do, most enjoyable read and could be adapted into a film. I look forward to hopefully a "The Future Brokers 2"

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Dot's Legacy
The first book in The Park series

When Dot Jacks inherited a 'public' park she began a career that was to change the lives of the people of Chip Notting, providing unintended entertainment for them, and a social legacy to both haunt and taunt her heir. As Rhys gradually discovered, his inheritance included decades of hostility with the local Council, an attempt to sue a dog, the friendship of dossers, the debts and most of all, the wonderful community his Aunt had inspired.
The first year of Park ownership by Rhys, and his outspoken girlfriend Anne, is strewn with lively characters, all of whom have a part to play in the ups and downs of love, business, and the Park effect that was Dot's true legacy.
Many great 5 Star Reviews on Amazon

Colin Payn's written a real gem of a first novel. It's such a nice surprise. The story keeps you wanting more, and the main characters are likeable - you want them to succeed. There's a lovely mix of oddball and eccentric characters that'll make you want to keep reading, just to see what happens to them next. Dot is one of those eccentric characters - being dead doesn't stop her from making her mark on this tale, just as she did on her park. As another reviewer has said, this would make a great TV mini-series.

A totally compelling story-line that is "unputdownable". The participants are eccentric but absolutely believable. Their characters are slowly but surely drawn out until you know them. You are after every page left wondering what happens next. It is never boring and the style of humour is refreshingly different. There is never any impression of padding the book out that you get in some books, every word is in there for a reason. I cannot wait for the next book to be published.

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Dot's Surprise
The second book in The Park series

Surviving the first year of running their surprise inheritance of a public park, (see Dot's Legacy), partners Rhys and Anne decide to go legal, and get married.

The characters who had made their year so lively were all at the wedding reception - which turned into a nightmare. The Father of the Bride, missing for thirty years, was revealed as a casual worker , living in a Park shed; the icecream man left the celebration with both his van and the Council officers wife; and the local reporter was dragged through the mud, with some considering that to be strangely appropriate.

Which left Rhys and Anne with two weeks of honeymoon before confronting - who knew what?
5 Star Reviews on Amazon

Having read the original book "Dot's Legacy" I waited eagerly for the sequel and I wasn't disappointed (Well I was, but only because it finished on a cliff hanger !)
Rhys and Anne are very likable people, in fact so is everyone involved in the Park.
There is sadness too when you think of the wasted years, self inflicted because of fear of rejection and embarrassment by Anne's dad.
You want it all to be resolved and everyone to live happily ever after and I'm sure they will but this family saga has a lot of life left in it yet.

A heart-warming and entertaining sequel to DOT'S LEGACY. The engaging characters, Rhys and Anne get married and before the ink has had time to dry on the marriage certificate, they are thrown into struggles with family issues, with the park they've inherited and with the people who are associated with the park. The story is amusing and enjoyable and the characters endearing which meant that I had to keep turning the pages to find out what happened to them next! It was very, very readable and I can't wait to discover how the new development mentioned towards the end book unravels in the sequel. Looking forward to the Park Stories 3!

Dot's Secret
The third book in The Park series

In Dot's Secret, the final book in The Park trilogy, the Park lives up to its reputation for delivering the
best of presents, a new baby, and the most unexpected of presents, a fifty-year-old 'lost' baby.
Young couple, Rhys and Anne, continue to battle for the future of their inheritance, the community which Dot created in the Park, helped or hindered by the many characters whose chaotic lives determine their future.
In the background are tensions within the Park staff, the tale of tassels in Paris, an animal invasion
and the Green Revolution reaches Chip Notting.
Only the previous two stories, Dot's Legacy and Dot's Surprise, will prepare you for the strange world of a seemingly tranquil local park in the sleepy Essex town of Chip Notting.
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Transport of Dreams

Short stories for when you are travelling, by motorhome, caravan, plane, cycle, car, boat, even by armchair.

1.Learning the ropes
2 Choosing a motorhome
3 Seine pirates
4 The airport
5 France and the wildlife
6 The incident of the bike in the field
7 Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear!
8 Sex and the single camper
9 Little Joe
10 Scarborough day out
11 The best of intentions
12 Charlie and Chantelle - Summer holidays
13 The Car
14 Carousel

Some more 5 Star Reviews on Amazon

I bought this latest offering by Colin Payn as some light reading on my next camping trip but couldn't resist starting it and then before I knew it I had read it all.!
I could identify with a few of the characters, especially those in camping mode as we have our own little motorhome (In fact a Romahome as mentioned in one of the chapters).
The book is a quirky little collection with a variety of short stories, one in particular I would have been better left to read in the camper on a misty, atmospheric night in October., rather than sitting in the sunshine on the patio as it lost some of its impact!

As the cover says this book is for all travellers - whether you are in an airport departure lounge, on the coach or train, sitting parked up in your motorhome, or maybe you are at home in your armchair.
An eclectic collection of entertaining short stories
Never before have I seen advise on choosing a motorhome in a poetic form.
Colin talks about human nature, from the 17 year old au pair's thoughts and other characters in "The Airport": to a pair of 60 year olds beginning a romantic relationship in "Sex and the Single Camper".
If there is one book to buy and give to others as a gift this Christmas - or at any other time - this is the book - I will be sending a copy to my son and his wife in the USA and another copy to my other son and his family in Scotland.

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Writing magazine articles was my introduction to the fun of seeing my words on the page - and being paid for it. These are some of the magazines I have written for, and still do sometimes.
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