posted on August 26, 2022 by Jodi Thomas


My readers are always asking where I get my ideas for books, so I wanted to share about my latest short story called “The Secret Wish” in THE WISHING QUILT.

A few years ago, I was traveling into Kansas when it started raining. I pulled off the highway onto a one-block downtown area and watched people running in the rain. In front of me was one tiny quilt shop. The owner turned off the light and the store went dark. In my imagination, I thought I saw a ballerina dancing through the store with all the colors around her. That sparked the beginning of Avery’s story in “The Secret Wish.”

Also, this book was great fun to write with two authors, Lori Wilde and Patience Griffin, who I enjoy reading their books.

I am not a quilter myself, but quilting runs in my family. My first memory is of lying underneath the quilting frame and watching the needles move in and out. One of my favorite quilts is the Texas Star and I have the one my grandmother made. (See attached photo of quilt.)

I hope you enjoy the story of two people who have lived very different lives as they discover a forever kind of love.

So, grab a cup of tea and snuggle under a quilt as you read about Avery and Daniel.

Here’s to a quiet evening,




Texas is about to be wrapped up in love and homespun perfection with this new contemporary romance anthology featuring novellas from legendary, bestselling authors Jodi Thomas, Lori Wilde, and Patience Griffin! Three novellas weave tales of women whose quilting craft ultimately leads them down the path to love.

The little town of While-a-Way, Texas, may as well be named Last Chance as far as Avery Cleveland is concerned. Running her late great-grandmother’s quilt shop is the only way to build back her life after losing her dancing career. But local sheriff Daniel Solis is stunned by Avery’s beauty and spirit—and hopes to show her how to stitch brand-new dreams together . . .

Ellie Winter’s sister is holding a quilting bee as her bachelorette party, creating a memory quilt for their grandmother. If only the event weren’t happening at the ranch where Ellie spent childhood summers, now owned by the man she can’t forget. Four days surely isn’t enough time to fall in love again . . . but what about four long, hot, summer nights?

Paige Holiday’s last visit to the International Quilt Festival in Houston ended in heartbreak. It seems like all the women in her family are unlucky in love. So at this year’s festival, Paige is focused solely on business, until a gorgeous cowboy crosses her path, ready to turn her life—and her luck—around . . .

Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas

A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.

With a degree in family studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A&M University campus, where she served as Writer in Residence.

Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, "When I was teaching classes full-time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher or nurse or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I'm still making the world a better place."

When not working on a novel, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and checking up on their two grown sons.


  1. Jodi Thomas says:

    I am so excited for all my readers, especially quilters to read THE WISHING QUILT. You will enjoy all three stories! Thanks to Writerspace for hosting me.

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