Okay, I have to give major kudos to the bow-tied one. In fact, I take back all of those things I’m going to say about him during my next book’s revisions. He asked me a long time ago who I wanted to blurb my book and the first name I said was Ellen Conford.
Right now Ellen Conford is best known for her Jenny Archer and Annabel the Actress series but back when I was growing up she not only wrote middle grade novels she also wrote some dang funny Young Adult books. She was hands down my favorite author. I loved reading about her quirky heroines because they always made me laugh. I pretty much wanted to be her when I grew up. In fact, after I’d written my first national market novel, Playing the Field, Tim mentioned that my main character didn’t have a last name and needed one. So I gave my character the last name of Conford in her honor.
Now the thing about Ellen Conford is that she is not easy to get a hold of. Go ahead and try to google her. She doesn’t have a website. I know it took Tim a long time to get a hold of her and even longer to get her to read my book and blurb it, but he did–and SHE DID!!!! (Those are exclamation points of a rabid fan. Imagine me waving my hands around and squealing.)
Here is what she said about my next book for Tim, Just One Wish.
Rallison’s manuscript was a pleasant surprise, humorous and unsentimental in spite of its serious underpinnings. I especially appreciated the scheming and machinations the girls devise to see Steve Raleigh. . . With sympathetic characters and a charming teen aged hunk I think that Janette Rallison’s book will appeal to many young teenagers.
I am so going to put this quote somewhere on my website. And there will probably be dancing cats or something surrounding it just to draw people’s attention to it. Because yeah–how cool am I–my idol liked my book. Wahoo!