Authors Give Back: Jillian Dodd and Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Today’s Authors Give Back guest is Jillian Dodd. Jillian is the author of the THAT BOY and The Keatyn Chronicles series. STALK ME, the first book in the Keatyn Chronicles, releases officially on Saturday, September 1st in ebook and paperback versions. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She lives in Texas with her family.

I’m a big believer in giving back, so I donate a portion of the proceeds of my books to charity. The charities I’m currently giving to are: The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The University of Nebraska Foundation, and The Chi Omega Foundation.

Of them all, I love Make-A-Wish. How can you not want to give children their wishes? And I’m super proud that they are the philanthropy of Chi Omega. I do a Philanthropy Thursday post on my blog where we try to highlight Chi Omega sorority college chapters around the country that raise money for this charity. We hear so much bad stuff about what’s going on in the world with our young people, I think it’s great to hear all the good they do as well!

Thanks to great book sales, I’ve been able to donate over $10,000 to these charities in the past year.

Here is the link for Make-A-Wish. I highly recommend going to their website and reading about the wishes they have granted.


Thank you, Jillian. I love The Make-A-Wish Foundation. It’s awesome you’ve been able to donate so much from your book sales to these three charities. I plan to donate to causes with my sales as well, starting with the first this fall.

For those that may not know, The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission statement is:

We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

While putting together this post, I read some of the wishes from children. While they all touched me, I was blown away by the wish from Lauren. This little girl who had undergone radiation treatments and chemotherapy and the loss of one kidney – didn’t want anything for herself. She wished to be able to give comfort and hope to other sick kids. I’m still teary as I write this. We can learn so much from these kids who bravely take on the world even while in pain. Read the stories. It definitely puts things in perspective.

Jillian’s new release, STALK ME, can be found at:

Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Want to find out more about, Jillian? You can visit her at the following sites:

Website     Facebook     Twitter

I love hearing from you. You all inspire me so much. It’s your turn. Have you ever donated to Make-A-Wish? Have a wish story to tell? If you’re an author, have you ever donated a portion of sales from your books? Thought about it?

As always — thank you for reading!


*For legal reasons I feel I have to add this disclaimer: I have no connection with any charity mentioned in the Authors Give Back segment of the blog unless noted. I have not personally researched any charity mentioned unless otherwise noted. If you plan to donate to ANY charity (mentioned here or elsewhere) you should research it thoroughly and decide for yourself if it is a legitimate and worthy cause.



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The award-winning author of THE CONSUMING, and the zombie apocalypse series, SURVIVAL. She writes horror/sci-fi, paranormal, YA urban fantasy, suspense, and middle grade.

24 Responses

  1. PJ Sharon

    WOW, Jillian. That’s awesome that you have been able to make such a great contribution because of your book sales. It goes to show that generosity doesn’t go unrewarded. May you continue to be blessed by your efforts! Make-a-wish is such a beautiful charity.

  2. Louise Behiel

    Make a Wish is an awesome charity. And they do so much good. Jillian, thanks for sharing and continued success in your sales.

    Rhonda, as always, thanks for posting these causes and this series on your blog. Wonderful work you’re doing.

  3. Christy Hayes

    How awesome, Jillian, to make such a great contribution to a worthy charity! I wish you continued success!

  4. Natalie G. Owens

    “I’ve always said ‘when I grow up, I want to be like Lauren,’” she says. “I can only hope.” – how very true. This child, bless her, is not a child at all… Thanks for sharing this with us, Jillian and Rhonda.

  5. amyshojai

    How inspiring! So glad that your success has also meant success for these great organizations, Jillian! May the new series bring even more success!

  6. livrancourt

    Congratulations on the new release, Jillian. The cover art is awesome!

  7. Karen McFarland

    Jillian is a very generous author! Make-A-Wish is one of the best foundations out there. Even still, Jillian shares her successes with her fellow authors in an attempt to help others become successful. Gotta love that! And then there’s you Rhonda, who is always willing to support someone. I count it a privilege to be associated with this excellent group of writers. Thank you girls for this post! 🙂

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      Thank you, Karen! I definitely feel privileged to know you and call you a friend. I love the heck out of all my writer friends. I couldn’t do this alone. 🙂