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 aces...as 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.