Jillian Chantal is the nom de plume of a lawyer moonlighting as a writer of romantic fiction. She has PRO status in the RWA and is an active member of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Romance Writer’s of America where she currently serves as treasurer and chairman of the 2012 Silken Sands Conference.
Her first novel was published November 23, 2010 by Siren-BookStrand. It is called Solo Honeymoon.
Her second novel to be released is called Surfer Bride and it is with Siren-BookStrand as well. It will be released digitally in February 2011 and in paperback in September 2011.
Her third release, due to be published in July 2011, is called Redemption for the Devil and it will be published by Desert Breeze Publishing.
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Jillian: I wrote my first story that I shared with someone in the 5th grade. It was about Miss Salt and how she fell in love with Mr. Pepper. They married and he went to medical school and became Dr. Pepper. My teacher loved it and printed it for the first grade kids. I knew then that I wanted to be published some day. Fast forward through college, marriage, law school, two kids, building a career, etc. I always kept a journal but no real story-writing. I finally had the time in 1998 to start a thriller. I was about eight chapters in when my laptop died. Made this horrendous noise and died. Never to be revived. It gutted me and I couldn’t bring myself to start again. Until the summer of 2007. I found myself writing a story and it rekindled the joy of putting words to paper. So, I guess my Eureka moment came then. I kept quiet about it until I joined an RWA chapter in March of 2009. They encouraged me to submit my work and I did.
The second inspiration for this story is somewhat autobiographical. My first love dumped me over a rumor that I had kissed another guy. A guy that he had no idea was gay. I used this as a plot point in the story. Nothing else about the characters is real- all the stuff in the book is totally from my head. I made the heroine a surfer as I live near the beach and have a surfer son. I’ve always wanted to use his lingo and love of surfing in a story. I’m a skier but am not coordinated enough to surf myself. LOL!
Thanks for having me here today. This is a wonderful blog. I’d love to give away a Live, Love, Surf magnet to a commenter. You can find me here:
Book Strand: www.bookstrand.com/jillian-chantal
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