S5 Episode 4: Resources

Season five, episode four of the podcast featured Jessica Payne and Sara Read of #MomsWritersClub for part two of their conversation with Addey. Here is some more information about both #MomsWritersClub and Sara & Jessica if you’d like to learn more:

Jessica Payne

Jessica’s debut novel, MAKE ME DISAPPEAR, is a twisty psychological thriller about a woman on the edge who is willing to do anything to escape her sociopathic—potentially dangerous—boyfriend, including arranging her own kidnapping.

Jessica grew up in Kansas City, later moving to the Pacific Northwest where the mountains and Puget Sound became home. Beyond writing, she loves to run, rock climb, and explore the great outdoors with her daughter and husband. She is also an RN. When holding still, which isn’t often, you’ll find a book in her hand and a cat or dog in her lap. Jessica writes suspense and thriller and is the host of #MomsWritersClub on Twitter and YouTube.

You can follow Jessica and see all that she’s up to on her websiteTwitterFacebookInstagram, and TikTok.

Sara Read

Sara Read writes contemporary fiction that aims for both the heart and the mind. Her debut novel, JOHANNA PORTER IS NOT SORRY, comes out March 7, 2023 on Graydon House Books (HarperCollins/HQN). In this snarky, sexy, book-club-ready novel, Johanna Porter, a soccer mom who was once a rising star in the rarefied realm of high art steals a world-famous portrait of herself from the narcissistic artist who was once her lover, sending her into hiding and on a poignant, funny, and emotional roller-coaster ride of questionable choices and self renewal. 

Sara’s short stories have been featured in The Missouri Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Zone 3 Press, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

Before she started writing fiction, Sara got a degree in Women’s Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz. She tried the nine-to-five life for about a nanosecond before moving to rural Virginia to become a flute-maker’s apprentice and traditional fiddle player. Some years and two babies later, she returned to school for a Masters in Nursing. A cancer survivor herself, she now has the distinct privilege of caring for cancer patients.

Sara lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, two teens, a terrier, and three snarky cats. She loves a long run, a long road trip, and a long talk with a friend.

You can follow Sara and keep up to date on her writing on her websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.


#MomsWritersClub is a group of writers who are also moms. They host bi-weekly chats on Twitter, and post YouTube videos discussing all things about writing AND being a mom–and the intricacies of doing both at once.

You can learn about #MomsWritersClub on their YouTube channel and find out more information on Jessica’s website here, and on Sara’s website here.

Imagine we are catching up after a busy mother’s day weekend and the conversation turns to this week’s episode all about Sara and Jessica’s publication journeys. What did you think about the episode? Do you have any takeaways from listening to their stories? Let us know in the comments below!