Thursday, January 18, 2018

Out with the Old by Robin Patchen

I don’t resist change. I like change—in small doses. And in areas of my choice. And in small doses… Did I say that already?

But the changes I’ve dealt with in the last six months—and those I’m looking forward to in the next six months—are in anything but small doses.

They’re not bad. Just new.

For instance, I’m thrilled to be releasing Innocent Lies, the fourth and last book in my Hidden Truth series, on Friday. I’ve been working on this series for two years, and having finished it brings such a sense of accomplishment. (If you’d like to try out the series, you can download the first book, Convenient Lies, for free at my website or by clicking here.) The series has achieved everything I’d hoped. The sales have been good, the read-through, excellent, the reviews, wonderful. So I should be ecstatic, right?

I am. I really am. And I’m also terrified, because now I have to write a new series with new characters and new ideas, and what if I can’t do it? What if my next novel is the one that proves I’m an imposter?

(Am I the only writer who fears this?)

And that’s just one change in my life—the little one.

In June, my husband quit his job of twelve years. In December, he accepted a job in Austin, and I psyched myself up to move further south from our home of 22 years in Oklahoma. Not easy for this New England girl, but I had decided I was going to love Austin and figure out how to handle that heat. Then, a few weeks later, my husband got offered a different job, the one he’d wanted all along. Out with Austin, in with… Charlotte. Probably.

So I’m getting psyched up to move to Charlotte and trying not to think about that probably. Because nothing is set in stone with this new company.

Now, my husband has temporarily relocated to Pennsylvania, and I’m here in Oklahoma getting the house ready to sell to eventually move to probably-Charlotte.

Don’t you love all those qualifiers?

Meanwhile, my daughter is a senior in high school, and all this uncertainty has made the year more challenging. And my sixteen-year-old son… Let’s just say he’s less than thrilled to be leaving all his friends to move to probably-Charlotte.

Why do I bring all this up? Because it’s a new year, and each new year brings new challenges. Each new challenge gives us the opportunity to grow in our faith and step out in trust or to struggle and resist and complain. If there are no challenges in our lives, then there is no growth, and we want to grow, don’t we?

We just want it to be easy.

This year, the Lord gave me a word to focus on: Embrace.

Embrace the challenges.

Embrace the changes.

It isn’t easy, but I’m trying. So, somewhere in the midst of the packing and house-hunting and figuring out new schools, I will write the next book, and I will trust that the God who brought me this far will take me exactly where he wants me. 
Innocent Lies, releasing this Friday.

"Kelsey huddled in the corner, tried to make herself invisible. Outside, she heard a muffled voice, a shout, and the pounding of footsteps across the porch. Then, the unmistakable jingle of keys. The lock turned. The door opened. And her last chance for escape melted like snow.”

--Robin Patchen, award winning author of Finding Amanda and Convenient Lies.

About Innocent Lies:

A lost little boy steals his heart.

When Eric finds eight-year-old Daniel alone in the woods, he has no idea where the boy came from or how he's survived the wintery New Hampshire weather. He figures once he hands the boy off to child services, his part in Daniel's drama will be over. He couldn't be more wrong.

She’ll do anything to keep her son safe. 

Kelsey sneaks into Nutfield with a goal and a secret, but when she's arrested and sees Eric, her first and only love, all her plans to expose her enemy fall apart. 

The past catches up with them.

Together, Eric and Kelsey fight to protect Daniel, an innocent child caught in a dangerous game. Can Eric help Kelsey bring down her enemies without risking his heart...again? Will Kelsey have to walk away from the only man she's ever loved...again?


Where to find me on the web:

Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Patchen to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.


  1. Robin, love this post! Change is never fun. Even when you know what change is coming. Charlotte's a fun place. That's in my neck of the woods.

    1. Oh, good! Maybe we'll meet at a meeting or something one of these days. I've never actually been there, but I've been to North Carolina, and I love the hills and trees. I'm eager to move back east.

  2. I'll welcome you in advance to "probably-Charlotte," Robin. Or, in my case, thereabouts. I do emphathize with your children, knowing first-hand what it's like to move at that age. It's not easy, but they'll get through it.

    We just received our once-only, annual inches of snow, so it will be fine by the time you get to NC. :) Shout out if you have any questions about the area!

    1. Will do, Sandra! It's great to know there'll be some folks to meet there. Thanks!

  3. Hi, Robin, I admire how you embrace change and how well you handle it. As for me, I'm not quite so good.

    I need to work on embracing the changes God sends my way. Definitely to be more open minded in my writing.

    Blessings on your move, even though I selfishly wish it were stay in oh, probably Oklahoma. That said with great people like Sandy and Sally near by Charlotte has to be fantastic.

    1. Terri, I'm going to miss you and the rest of the OCFW crowd more than you can imagine. If not for all of you, I'd have quit writing years ago. There's nothing like a local friend to brainstorm with you and encourage you and share occasional lunches with you to make this journey a joy. You have been such a wonderful friend to me. I don't even want to think about moving away. :(

  4. Hi Robin - I enjoyed your post. Change can be difficult but rewarding. Good luck on your next series and in Charlotte - or wherever! Blessings!

  5. Let's see, a couple of years ago I finished the last in a six book series and fretted the whole time I worked on the first book in my new series. What if its horrible, what if I can't do it, what if...A really wise critique partner/editor/friend told me, numerous times, that the new series would be great. You'll have to ask her if she was right, but I'll share her encouragement. You are a writer. It will be wonderful! The move...sigh...I'm still adjusting, but Charlotte is on the way to a certain beach condo I have access to. Just sayin. :)


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