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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