Patience Griffin – The Magic of Joy

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Remembering To Express Joy

Joy has been on my mind lately. Anyone who has or is reading The Life-Changing THE_ACCIDENTAL_SCOT.inddMagic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo will know that joy is at the center of her decluttering technique. We won’t go into the reason why I bought Ms. Kondo’s book—the possibility that I might’ve let the housework slip and clutter build up as I’ve racked up new pages for the Kilts and Quilts series. But rather, I will tell you how I’ve brought joy into my life beyond the clearing of my closets and straightening up around my home.

Being a newly published author in the last fifteen months, I found out pretty quickly that the writing life isn’t drinking a lovely cup of tea in the morning and pondering a story while staring out the window daydreaming all day. There are deadlines. Social media commitments. Appearances. And then there’s the occasional meltdown that I just can’t do it all. Perhaps for a short moment or two, I might’ve lost sight of the reason I started writing romance in the first place…for Some_like_it_Scottish 300 dpithat feel-good, happily-ever-after that gives us all hope, renews our faith in love, and reminds us that goodness is alive and well.

This year, I have made a conscious decision to reclaim joy in all areas of my life. Washing the dishes—yes. Folding the laundry—yes. Cleaning the toilet—well, I’m not completely there yet. But the one place where I absolutely have to experience joy is when I sit down to write. In my small office, across from my recliner where I write most days, I have JOY!!! written on the whiteboard. Every time I look up, JOY!!! is gazing lovingly back at me, reminding me of why I felt driven to write romance in the first place.

My goal with my books is to pay it forward, give something back to the romance Meet_Me_in_Scotland.inddgenre for what it’s done for me—passing many long, long hours in utter bliss. Some of you may know that I fell in love with romance while commuting three and half hours a day, listening to audiobooks. Those hours were spent in complete joy, and only blizzards and the threat of tornadoes could spoil my day. For me now to have the opportunity to bring that kind of joy to others, well, is a blessing beyond compare.

And the fact that I really, really enjoy making something fun happen on the page everyday…that brings me incredible joy, too. I’m a pretty lucky woman. Except when it’s time to tackle those toilets. 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:

The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing 

Patience recommends:

I fell in love with Janet Chapman books when I first read her Highlanders series (yes, I have re-read them all!) Her books have all the wonderful Scots I want to read about along with strong family ties that make her books so rich. I also love when I read her dialogue; I can hear the Scottish burr in my head.

It was a Barnes and Noble CRM who introduced me to Jodi Thomas’s books. The store didn’t have the first book in the Harmony series, but I grabbed several others. Once I started reading, I read them all…out of order, and enjoying every second of it.

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. maryday2010-11

When I was fifteen, I went on a Maine Schooner trip. I loved being on that boat, especially helping to set the sails and working alongside others. But it was just being on the ocean, surrounded by water that brought me sheer joy. It’s one of the reasons I write about living on the coast so I can experience that feeling over and over again. 

Another source of pure joy…my addiction to plaid!Tartan love FB

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

While in Scotland, I visited a lot of small towns and villages, picking some of them from recommendations, and others from pictures on the Internet. Each one holds a special place in my heart for one attribute or another. But when I arrived in Crail in the Kingdom of Fife, I fell head over heels in love, feeling like I had arrived home, and experiencing sheer joy. The crailtown has everything. It’s picturesque with cobblestone streets and a lovely view of the harbor. There are little cafes to visit. One of my favorite spots was Crail Pottery. I’m going back to visit in September and I can’t wait. For a few days at least, I’ll pretend that I live there, drink tea, write, and surround myself in the joy of being home.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

I love the soundtrack to the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, composed by Pride and Prejudice soundtrackDario Marianelli. It’s my go-to when I’m walking around my neighborhood or when I’m flying, or when I just want to close my eyes and relax.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

 Katie MacAlister’s Men in Kilts—I read it in the car while my husband drove us four hours to a wedding reception. Every time I laughed—which was often—my husband would have me either read the passage or tell him what was going on in the story. Not only do I have a book that I’ve re-read and enjoyed many times over the years, but I also have a nice memory of sharing something I love with my guy.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

My first reaction was to pick Chris Pine. I’m a huge Star Trek fan!!! (And Princess Diaries Two fan, and This Means War, and…) But I love Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy and his interview on the Graham Norton Show. He is so much fun! Can I break the rules and take a double scoop of Chris? Thank you. I’ll take both, Pine and Pratt!

Patience is generously giving away one set of the first 3 books in the Kilts and Quilts series in either ebook or paperback, winner’s choice for one U.S. winner. (To Scotland with Love, Meet Me in Scotland, Some Like It Scottish) Entry below.  For one international reader, using Book Depository (and where they ship), she’ll give away To Scotland with Love, paperback, to one winner. Entry is the second form below.

Patience Griffin - WEBPatience Griffin has been sewing her whole life but didn’t discover her love of quilting until her late thirties. She decided the best way to acquire her first quilt was to make one for herself. At about the same time, she started commuting three and half hours a day for her dream engineering job. To pass the time on the long drive, she got hooked on audiobooks—especially books with love stories. 911 QUILT optimizedWithin a couple of years, she was writing stories of her own. It was no surprise to her family and friends when she combined her love of quilting, her small town roots, and her obsession with Scottish romances into novels.

She has gained some recognition with her September 11th Story Quilt which has toured the country as the property of the Pentagon. Her first book, To Scotland with Love, received a Publishers Weekly *starred reviewed, won the New England Readers’ Choice award and Golden Quill for best first book and was also a double RITA® finalist. Patience’s Kilts Quilts series takes place in small town Scotland, set around a group of quilters, and are stories of home, heart and community.

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  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Oh my gosh, I haven’t read Janet Chapman books in years. I should reread some..

    • Hi, Melisa, I adore Janet Chapman. I can’t wait for her new release which comes out August 25th!
      Have a great weekend!

  • Karen Mikusak

    Great prize! Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Hi, Karen,
      I hope you’re enjoying all the fun on Read a Romance Month. It’s great to read all about the other authors! Take care…

  • Seanna Yeager

    Love the one book I have read by her so far, would love to read the rest.

  • Penny Marks

    Loved this blog:) Thanks for chance. Can’t wait to read these great books.

    • Hi, Penny,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog. I hope you enjoy!

  • Marian McDonald

    Always excited to find a new author! Looking forward to trying your books!

    • Hi, Marian,
      I hope you like my group of quilters in small town Scotland and the trouble they can get up to! Take care…

  • jcp smith

    The best part about RARM for me is new to me authors

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    Today is the day I discover new-to-me authors. Can’t wait to read your books.

  • Jennifer C

    I loved reading about your time on the schooner! Grateful to have found another new to me author! 🙂

    • Hi, Jennifer,
      I’m still close friends with one of my shipmates. We’re talking about doing the same cruise again. I will definitely bring more sunscreen and probably Advil for sore muscles! LOL

  • catslady

    I really enjoy anything Scottish with Highlanders being my favorite!

  • sj1384

    Quilts, the water, Soundtrack to P&P 2005…okay, I’m off to buy one of your books. New author who likes a few of my favorite things… =D Thanks for sharing and the giveaways!

  • Mary McCoy

    I will definitely get and keep your books as they bring me joy.

  • Diane Blaser

    I really enjoy finding new authors! Thank you!

    • Hi, Diane,
      I hope you will enjoy my books. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    I would love to read these!

    • Hi, Amy,
      I hope you’ll like my take on small town Scotland!
      Take care…

  • LSUReader

    Crail in Fife sounds lovely. Hubby and I had an all-too-brief visit to Scotland several years ago. I’m making a list for the next one!

    • Hi, LSUReader,
      My trip to Scotland is set for this fall, so I’m making my list for the next time. I can’t wait to go to Skye. The pictures are beautiful!

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    janet Chapman and Jodi Thomas ??? really?? LMAO because they are both two I love and are on my tbr pile too ( A place called Harmony and The Heart of a Hero

    • Hi, Diana, Yup, those two authors are the best! And lovely ladies, too!

  • Dawn Anderson

    I love the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack.

  • Emmel

    Chapman and Thomas are authors I adore as well. And the iceberg graphic on your Facebook page? Perfect!

    • Hi, Emmel, Yes, the iceberg graphic puts it all into perspective!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Recently discovered you and Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this post. Janet Chapman is also one of my favorite authors.

    • Hi, Debbie! As far as Janet Chapman goes…do great minds think alike, or what?

  • BookLady

    I love your books because they combine two of my favorite pastimes — quilting and reading romance! Thanks for sharing your interesting experiences.

  • Aleen D

    I hope to one day visit Scotland. Have not read any of your books yet, but they sound good 🙂

    • Hi, Aleen,
      I hope you get to Scotland one day soon. It’s a beautiful country with very friendly, lovely people.
      Take care…

  • Kathryn Trask

    I have heard of one of your books and must read it. Anyone who loves Jodi Thomas’ Harmony series has gotta be good!

    • Hi, Kathryn,
      I love to read Jodi Thomas. I feel like I live in Harmony and I’m rooting for her characters between books. She’s lovely!

  • Linda Henderson

    I have downloaded umpteen books on decluttering your life but haven’t managed to read them yet. I hope I can put them to use sooner than later. I’m not really a hoarder or anything, other than books that is, but it’s easy to accumulate stuff and I need to be more ruthless about getting rid of stuff.

    • Hi, Linda,
      I have a lot of books on decluttering, too. One of my favorites that I’ve read many times over the years is Clutters Last Stand. Something about that book resonates with me.
      I’m also a big proponent of moving! It’s a great way to clear everything out and get rid of it! LOL

  • Scotland, Quilts, family, love…I have to read your books!

    • Hi, Marinella,
      I hope you’ll enjoy my books because I had so much fun writing them. Lots of joy involved in the making of the Kilts and Quilts series.

  • NarnianGriff23

    Looks lovely Gotta love the Scotts and all things related to 🙂

    • Hi, NarnianGriff (gotta love your handle!)
      Yes, I love all things Scots as well. My house is filled with little bits of Scotland here and there.

      • NarnianGriff23

        (Thank you) and hello. And that sounds awesome and lovely.

  • Sheila M

    I loved your interview. I will have to try your books! Adding to my to-read list!

    • Hi, Sheila, Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll enjoy my version of small town Scotland and the things the quilters of Gandiegow can get up to.
      All the best…

  • kirsten west

    It is my mission to get to Scotland one day! Katie MacAlister always makes me laugh and I also share passages with my husband.

    • Hi, Kirsten, Katie is a hoot and always takes her humor to the n-degree. I hope to meet her one day and thank her for all the laughs over the years. Take care…

  • mariannewestrich

    Thanks so much for your post! My TBR pile just keeps getting higher and higher! 😎

    • Mine, too, Marianne! As I check out the Read-A-Romance-Month posts, I keep adding to the pile!

  • Sharon Forbes

    I enjoyed reading your post here, very interesting, and now, I want to read one of your books, or someone’s who has a Scottish theme to it!!

  • Carol Luciano

    I love Janet Chapman’s books. Her heroes are my dreasm Highlanders. 🙂 I’ve only read the first book of your series and absolutely loved it I wanted to move to the little town. Thanks for your post and the book giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Hi, Carol, I’m so glad you loved To Scotland with Love. I want to move to Gandiegow, too. But I get to do the next best thing…I get to write about it every day. Take care!

  • Texas Book Lover

    I have not read Janet Chapman before…I’m going to have to add another shelf for all the books I’ll add to my TBR after this month.

    • Hi, Texas Book Lover,
      I know. I have the same problem–good problem–with Read A Romance Month. I think I should clean out my bookshelves for giveaways and keep only the ones bringing me joy right now (which is a huge number in itself!) Happy reading!

  • Sue G.

    I don’t think folding laundry will ever be a joy in my world. Least favorite chore!

    • Hi, Sue,
      I hear you! I have a bunch of baskets sitting in the living room right now. I just don’t feel joyful enough to go in there and take care of them–LOL. Maybe if we eat chocolate while we fold clothes we could be more joyful while doing it. Take care!

      • Sue G.

        My kids usually wash their own clothes but then they leave them in laundry room, usually on the floor. Yesterday I carried 5 baskets full of clothes and dumped them on the great room floor! They have until bedtime tonight to take them to their rooms and put them away (They are 22, 20 and 18). Two out of three have done it so far!

        • Two out three isn’t bad! My youngest is home this summer and he folded his yesterday. PhD (my husband) folded his this morning (Since I’m writing all the time, he’s folding his own clothes…after twenty years of wedded bliss.) Guess who needs to fold her clothes? Yeah, me. I should go put a movie on and get it done.
          Good luck with your great room floor!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I need to do some tidying up myself! I need to leave the house clean when I go on vacation. lol. Thanks for the great post!

    • Hi, Sharlene,
      Nice to see you there! Vacation? I’m going to live vicariously through you! And a clean house, too? You’re my role model!

  • Nicole Potter

    I’m gonna have to try Janet Chapman’s books, thanks for the recommendation!! 🙂

  • Connie Reynolds

    I bought Patience Griffin’s newest book. Just discovered her. Would love to win one of her earlier works.

    • Hi, Connie,
      I hope you like Some Like it Scottish and the small town of Gandiegow. The quilters are always up to something, and of course, love is certainly in the air. Take care…

  • Glenda

    Good luck in finding Joy cleaning toilets! You’re a better person if you can. 😉

    Thanks for the recommendations. I have yet to read either author.

    • Hi, Glenda,
      Please do try Jodi Thomas and Janet Chapman. Their books are rich in theme. Love them to pieces!

  • Marcy Shuler

    What a great memory of reading passages that made you laugh out loud to your hubby in the car. My family just looks at me funny when I laugh or cry over a book. LOL

    • Hi, Marcy,
      Oh, there are plenty of times when they look at me funny. I guess because we were stuck in the car together, he figured he better play along. I’m glad that he did.

  • Pamby50

    I just finished reading Some Like It Scottish which is the 3rd book in your Kilts & Quilts series. I tried to decide if I should read it first or wait to I read the other 2. It didn’t matter. I loved the book. I haven’t read Janet Chapman in a while. Need to go back and read her again.

    • Hi, Pamby,
      I’m thrilled that you loved Some Like It Scottish! Janet Chapman has a new book coming out August 25th. I’ve had it on pre-order since May! Have a great day!

  • I adore Janet Chapman’s books! Figures we would have that in common since I love your books so much too. 🙂

    • Nice to see you here, PJ! It’s awesome we have favorite authors in common. I will always know who to turn to when I need a recommendation! Take care…

  • Joan Varner

    You are “new to me” but I am always looking for new authors to read. I will be looking for your books now. Good luck with finding “joy” cleaning the toilet. LOL!

    • Hi, Joan,
      It’s lovely to meet you. I’ve decided for now that the best I can do is to find joy AFTER the cleaning of said toilets…the fact that it’s over.

  • Michele Hayes

    I love finding authors that are new to me. Thanks for the

  • Christyna

    Joy is often so very hard to find these days. It’s good that you are making it a priority in your own life and in your novels.

  • flchen1

    What a great post, Patience! And thanks for the suggestion of the decluttering book–I definitely can use some inspiration in that arena!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I think I won one of your books and it’s sitting on my tbr pile. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing in your post.

  • Diane Sallans

    I loved listening to soundtracks when I used to write computer programs – one of my favorites was Last of the Mohicans – bet P&P is wonderful – I often put the movie on.

    • Hi, Diane, It is one movie (chic flick) that PhD will watch with me every time it comes on!

  • Rhi

    soundtracks make me very happy. I have very visceral reactions to them.

  • Laurie Skinner Gray

    Janet Chapman is new to me. I’ll have to try her books.

  • Charlotte Litton

    Patience, thank you for sharing the beautiful quilts.

  • Kelly

    Beautiful quilts! My mom is a quilter, too.

  • rebecca moe

    I love the story of your quilt. How awesome!