Joshua Payne publishes first book

Joshua Payne poses with his new book titled Divine GT: Crossover.

Hot wheels, matchbox cars and martial arts have inspired a Sabetha resident to publish his first book.

On Thursday, Feb. 18, Sabetha resident Joshua Payne published Divine GT: Crossover, a work of science fiction.

According to Payne, this is a story about a world in desperate need of heroes that calls out across the universe. Answering the call is a guy that, to many, would seem normal or average, but he turns out to be exactly what is needed at that time.

This 140-page story was written for young adults, but it also contains references to sports cars, action and suspense – something all ages can enjoy. It took Payne about four months to finish the first draft, and then another two months of editing and rewriting to complete the story.

Payne said he was inspired at a young age by hot wheels, matchbox cars, and 1980s martial arts films and action figures. This inspiration has stuck with him since his early years. Payne’s faith has played an important part in his writing as well.

“I would write short stories about this fantasy world as a kid and as I grew up, I wanted to pass these playful memories on to my kids and others. The world has changed quite a bit,” Payne said. “In addition, my faith has allowed me to see that everything happens for a reason, and I wanted to inspire others to see that as well.”

Divine GT: Crossover

He wasn’t alone in this project, as one might think. Payne’s daughters helped him with the drafts of the story, especially his youngest, Ava. To publish his story, Payne used Amazon to bring his book to life.

“I self-published the book through Amazon. This allowed more artistic freedom for me,” Payne said.

Payne doesn’t plan to stop at one book. As of now, a second book in the series is in progress. Payne plans to title it Divine GT: Legends.

Divine GT: Crossover can be found and purchased online.

“The book is available for purchase on Amazon. The simple way to get there is through the website at It is available as an e-book through Kindle and as a paperback edition as well,” Payne said. “If you see me around town and have a copy, stop me for a signature. I would be glad to know others are reading the story.”

Divine GT: Crossover

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