My Big Time Author Crush: Jillian Dodd

Jillian...How do I even begin? Well, let me start in the Summer of 2012, when I picked up a little book called That Boy. I had just begun to outline the chapters for my own book and was in need of a mental hiatus. In walked Danny and Phillip, out walked the next eight hours of my life. I devoured the book, fell in love with the characters and promptly started to Facebook stalk their almighty creator, Jillian Dodd. Lucky for me, That Boy was followed up with That Wedding and the obsessive haze of my new book boyfriends could follow me on vacation in the Outer Banks. I vaguely remember being there with my family, but vividly recall howling with laughter on the beach and the many odd stares I got from my fellow beachgoers.

To say that I love these books would be like saying that chocolate covered pretzels were just "alright," and that a fine glass of cabernet sauvignon was just "meh." If you haven't read them, I woud suggest hot footing it over to my facebook page  where I am giving away five ecopies of any Jillian Dodd book you choose. Run! Scoot! Then come back here and let me finish pontificating the wonderment that is Jillian "Most High Goddess" Dodd.

I loved the books so much, I entered a contest to win some swag & won my very favorite t-shirt in the whole wide world! I don't even mind the sideways glances the girls get, because this 3D Ad means that someone else will experience the awesomeness that is Jillian's brilliant writing. That's right, boys and girls, have a closer look because this book is is the rack that is advertising it *smooch*

Fast forward to November of 2012 when a scared little girl pressed the "publish" button on Amazon and irrevocably changed the course of her life *cue the violins* We all know how this goes, because you have all read The Final Piece, right? Mmm hmm...the link's right there for you. Anyway, Jillian came along and invited me to be a part of a holiday promotion she was putting together: 99 Authors, 99 Books for 99 Cents. Of course I jumped at the chance and was grateful to just ride the coat tails of the amazing authors she put together. I never expected to be picked up by Amazon as a Kindle Daily Deal, I never expected to make the Top 100 overall in the Kindle Store and I certainly NEVER expected to make the Top 50 overall. I couldn't have done it without Jillian. She changed my life. 

So, all of the wonderful authors that participated in the 99 promotion decided that there should be an official Thank You Jillian Dodd day. You'll see her name a lot today, you'll read about how she has meant the world to more than just me and you'll see for yourself why she is revered by her peers and loved by her readers. If ever there was someone deserving of such praise, it is most definitely the lovely, talented, and generous Jillian Dodd.

Cheers to you, Jillian! Thank you for being an inspiration to us all and for believing in me. 


  1. The chicken shit shirt couldn't have gone to a better person!! Ha! I love it!! Thank you so much. Self publishing and being an author can be kinda lonely. I'm so excited we met, have become friends, that people were exposed to your amazing book, and I'm super excited about your next project and will be thrilled to be a small part of it :)

  2. Hi Maggi!

    First of all, what's not to love about Jillian Dodd? That promo she did in December helped a plethora of authors. I don't know her personally. But I do know her through MyWana. She has such a generous soul.

    Congratulations to you for writing a most exellent book! I just finished "The Final Piece" and I was truly impressed with the emotion in which you wrote this story. As an author in progress working on my first novel, I appreciate all the intense, hard work that you put into this story before you pushed publish. And I am so happy for you that it has taken off with much success.

    I just liked your author page on FB and connected with you on Twitter. I hope that you will check out MyWana. Jillian and I are in the same group and the authors that we've connected with are the most supportive I've ever met. And they love to promote each other, which is a great way to get the word out about your book. And as authors, we can use all the support we can get, right?

    Do you know Katherine Owen? She is a self-published author and she writes in the same genre you do and has found our facebook group really helpful because we all share our publishing frustrations and successes, what works and what doesn't. Jillian has played a huge part in this.

    And no, I am not a stalker. LOL! I just wanted to connect with you as you write in the same genre I do. If I can do anything to help support you, let me know. You can find me at (and this is not self-promotion btw) KarenMcFarland_ on Twitter. Or Karen McFarland Author on Facebook, or at

    I wish you all the best Maggi!



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