The Hard Work of Doing What You Love — Robin Patchen ( + GIVEAWAY)

Today I am excited to welcome author Robin Patchen as she shares about her writing journey. Read through to the end to find out how you can enter the giveaway.

When I started writing my first novel, I had no intention of ever publishing. Frankly, I had no intention of ever letting anyone read my story. I was writing as an escape from what felt like a difficult time. I was home schooling three kids who took most of my energy. Writing was my hobby.

And then, I mustered the courage to share my book with some friends. They were so complimentary, even though, in retrospect, I realize the book was terrible. (That first book has still never been published.) But, good or not, I fell in love with crafting stories long before I knew what I was doing.

So, I dedicated myself to learning the craft. I discovered that I was a fairly decent editor, thanks to my journalism degree and my weird ability to see little things others gloss over. That skill helped me meet and become friends with some excellent critique partners, women who were good at different things than I was. We learned and improved together.

In the last decade-plus of writing, I’ve been through times that made those “difficult” home schooling days seem like the proverbial walk in the park, and writing continues to be my escape. Even though it’s no longer a hobby, even though I now have deadlines and pressures, the act of writing transports me from the troubles of the here-and-now to other people’s lives, other people’s struggles.

Have you ever heard the old saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”? I’m not sure that’s true. I work, sometimes I work really hard. I struggle through scenes and argue with characters who refuse to do as they’re told. (Characters are like toddlers, or teenagers. They have minds of their own.) I feel the anxiety of approaching deadlines and cruel, er, I mean honest editors. What I do is definitely work.

It’s hard. Sometimes, it’s torture. But it’s what I was born to do. So, even in the difficult times, even in the hardest of days, I praise the Lord for allowing me to do what He’s uniquely gifted me to do.

What has God uniquely gifted you to do? How do you get to share that gift with others?


What can readers expect from me next? Legacy Reclaimed is the 10th book in the Nutfield Saga, three series of books (Hidden Truth Series, Beauty in Flight Series, and Legacy Series) that all take place in the same town of Nutfield, New Hampshire. I plan to release the last Nutfield book in July, and then, I’m going to start a new series. I think. Truth is, I’m having trouble letting go of Nutfield. I may need to poll my readers to see if they want me to keep writing Nutfield books or move on to a new town.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? I love my readers. I am so blessed to have such wonderful people reading my books, many of whom have worked hard to support me. The best things you can do to further Legacy Reclaimed’s success is to buy the book, read it, and leave a review for it on Amazon and at other review spots. And then, tell your friends—in person or on social media. Help spread the word about me and my stories. If you do that, be sure to tag me so I can thank you personally. I love hearing from readers. I love praying for readers, too, so if you have a prayer request, please reach out. I would be honored to pray with you.

READERS, leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win an ebook copy of both Legacy Rejected and Legacy Restored.

About the book:

She’ll risk anything to save the company her parents built. He’ll risk anything to save her. Someone will stop at nothing to make sure they both fail. 

Chelsea Hamilton spent her life preparing to run the international clothing business her parents started, but she’s still caught off guard when she learns of her mother’s untimely death. Chelsea returns to New Hampshire, buries her mother, and prepares to take over the floundering business. When a stranger attempts to kill her, she realizes somebody doesn’t want her to inherit her legacy.

Private Investigator Dylan O’Donnell spends his time searching for lost teens. He doesn’t know what to think of the beautiful woman seeking his services. Hers isn’t the kind of case he’s accustomed to handling, and she isn’t the kind of client he quit his steady job to help, but something about the woman pulls at him. She’s in danger, and he can’t turn her away. But if he blows this very public case, his floundering business might not survive.

Together, they dig into her family’s secrets. The closer they get to the truth, the closer they grow to one another. Can Chelsea save the legacy her parents fought to leave her? Can Dylan save Chelsea from the enemies determined to see her dead? 

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About Robin:

Robin Patchen is a wife, a mother of three, a freelance editor, and an award winning multi-published author of fifteen novels and novellas. Whether she’s pouring her heart into her own novels or pouring her expertise into helping other authors with their novels, she loves to see the unending grace of God illustrated through the power and magic of story.

Download a free copy of Convenient Lies, book 1 in the Hidden Truth series, when you visit Robin’s website at

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She’d climbed this path a thousand times, but never like this.

Chelsea Hamilton pushed aside underbrush and ducked beneath a branch. It had been too long since she’d been home. If her mother had let her stay in New Hampshire instead of sending her away years before, the hidden path between her house and the state park would still be well-worn. But Mum had sent Chelsea away, and now Mum was gone.

Chelsea ignored her tears and continued the hike she’d walked nearly every day as a child. The cool pre-dawn air was heavy with humidity. Birds trilled and squirrels rustled branches overhead. Though the trees were taller, the bushes fuller than they’d been, the mountain was familiar. At least the mountain wouldn’t leave her. Though she’d been gone for years, the trees stood sentry, as they always had, protecting her. The rocky ground felt more solid than the asphalt roads of Paris and London. Here on the mountain, she felt safe.

And she wouldn’t think about how the mountain had taken her mother. Her mother’s car accident hadn’t been the mountain’s fault.

Chelsea paused, huffing, and looked toward her goal, the cleared trail of Mt. Coventry State Park. She had another twenty-five yards before she’d reach it. Her legs burned, but she pressed on. She could do this. In a month, if she did this every day, she’d have her climbing legs back. Maybe by then she’d feel normal again.

3 thoughts on “The Hard Work of Doing What You Love — Robin Patchen ( + GIVEAWAY)

    • The “story world” begins with Convenient Lies, yes. If you want to read the whole series, that’s the best place to start. And the good news is, it’s free! This series within the overall series begins with Legacy Rejected.

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