Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD
You May Not Be Who You Think You Are is a compelling, hard-fought, masterful, real-life account of one man’s journey of dogged determination to discover his once concealed bloodline. A bloodline that had been quietly and mysteriously tucked away in the innermost crevices of the heart where only the sacred secrets of adoption and the captive spirit of deceit owned the power to release it into the light of truth.
John I. Payne Jr. was born in Orlando, Florida on August 9, 1969. Adopted at birth, he went on to graduate from Jones High School before enlisting in the Army. While in the Army, John achieved a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Business Administration before retiring from the military with 20 years of honorable service. He is a husband of more than 20 years and a father of three children.