Roman Payne is credited in dictionaries for having coined the word 'wanderess.' As his English is heavily influenced by his French, he used the word to describe "a female wanderer."

Roman Payne later wrote, "Before my novel was published, I did a search for the word 'wanderess' on the internet. There were zero results. After [The Wanderess] was published, the word went viral, a lot of women began to see themselves as a 'wanderess,'; and now there are hundreds of thousands of results on the internet for "'wanderess.'"


Café Bibliophile has just become the "Official Retailer" of Wanderess merchandise, as well as Roman Payne

"All I care about is the writing," Payne said in an interview, "but then I saw that 'Wanderess Gift Stores' and 'Roman Payne Quotes' were being sold on the internet, printed, stiched, or engraved on everything from greeting cards iPhone cases, to panties and size-A bras. It's really insane (!) ...So I decided to authorize some friends of mine—people whom I trusted—to create collections of 'Official Wanderess merchandise,' to combat all of these counterfeit sites that sell Wanderess gear and my literary quotes without having requested permission. If someone asks to use any of my quotes for non-commercial purposes, I almost always give them permission. But they should at least ask!

This store is going to grow. Already it has everything from t-shirts to Moroccan tea cups. Click here to shop in the "Official Wanderess and Roman Payne retailer."


Roman Payne is famous for his poetic literary quotes, which generally speak to a feminine audience—although men who consider thelseves 'wanderers' make up a decent portion of his readership. Most Roman Payne quotes, as well as a few poems, have gone viral. Each day, fans post his his quotes on their Instagrams accounts, Facebook, WordPress, and Tumblr pages; amounting today to many hundreds of web-pages. Here are a few examples...

"You must give 'everything' to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination."

“She called herself the Wanderess, and she wandered the world from girlhood till death. She lived every kind of life and dreamt every kind of dream. She was wild in her wandering, a drop of free water. She believed only in her life, and only in her dreams. She called herself the Wanderess, and her god was Beauty."

"The day came when she discovered sex, sensuality, and literature; she said, “I submit!  Let my life be henceforth ruled by poetry. Let me reign as the queen of my dreams until I become nothing less than the heroine of God."

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