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Maddie Dawson

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I'm the author of two novels, published by Crown--The Opposite of Maybe, which came out in April 2014, and The Stuff That Never Happened, which was published in August 2010. I love writing stories about second chances and complicated love lives.

I have also written three novels under the name Sandi Kahn Shelton.

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Maddie Dawson I am! I'm hard at work on a novel I'm calling The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness. It's the story of three women affected by an adoption that…moreI am! I'm hard at work on a novel I'm calling The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness. It's the story of three women affected by an adoption that took place in 1980.
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Maddie Dawson Thank you so much, Rebecca! Titles are so hard for me. Very rarely do I know the title of my books while I'm writing them--and then, when I'm near the…moreThank you so much, Rebecca! Titles are so hard for me. Very rarely do I know the title of my books while I'm writing them--and then, when I'm near the end of the book, I usually find myself talking about the plot and characters with friends and family and trying to figure out what the title could be! With The Opposite of Maybe, the title came about because my friend Alice (also an author) had a dream that I wrote a book with that title--and when I thought about it, the title really fit! Because Rosie has lived such a "maybe" kind of life, never really committing to anything, she discovers what it's like to live the opposite kind of life. And with "The Stuff That Never Happened," that refers to a secret between a couple, something that happened early in their marriage that they both wanted to forget. But YOU know what happens when you have something you never want to talk about, right? At least in fiction, it HAS to get talked about! Thanks for this question...I hope you like the books!(less)
Average rating: 3.58 · 3,416 ratings · 532 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
The Stuff That Never Happened
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 2,406 ratings — published 2010 — 6 editions
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The Opposite of Maybe
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Non c'è niente che non va, ...
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Facciamo finta che non sia ...
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In these days when the world is going to hell and everybody on TV speaks in apocalyptic terms, I have decided to do the daring act of buying a pair of jeans.

It’s not much, I know, but I am doing my part for the economy. I am sacrificing my sense of well-being by going into a store, seduced by an ad I saw in a magazine that says there are jeans out there that actually make you look thinner.

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The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson
"So what do I think? AWESOME:)

Funny, romantic, enjoyable & everything you want.

I loved that the characters were so close to reality. The scenarios are sometimes expected but sometimes they are a total shock. Parenting issues are explained in a..." Read more of this review »
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" Thank you, Rebecca.

Your book sounds really interesting!
date: June 30, 2014 07:00PM
location: Acton Library, Old Saybrook, CT, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT, The United States
description: I'll be reading from my new novel, THE OPPOSITE OF MAYBE, and signing books...and discussing all the crazy ways that life has of giving us unexpected second chances.
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“Listen. I don’t know how to do this right, but I really, really love you,” he said, and cleared his throat. He licked his lips and started talking fast. “I think you’re the sweetest, most beautiful girl in the world, and I’ve been living for our telephone conversations. It’s the only thing that gets me through these days, knowing that I get to talk to you every night. Keeping the secret about this job was the hardest thing for me to do, but I wanted to tell you in person. And ever since I knew I was going to come here and ask you this, I couldn’t eat or drink anything. And I know I’m different from you, and I’m probably never going to be cool, but I love yourpaintings, I love that you do art, I get it, and I won’t ever tell you that you should do paintings that match somebody’s couch. I will keep you in paint and canvases for the rest of your life, and if you really want to teach elementary school, then I think you’ll be the best teacher there ever was. And I love that you dress so cute, and I love the way you smell and the way you sing in the shower. I used to camp out on the floor outside the door when you were showering just so I could hear you, and the first time we made love was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I was so afraid you were going to say it couldn’t happen again. I just want to spend all my time looking at you and telling you things, and even though I’m just some nerd who thinks about strikes and contracts all the time, I want you to know that I’m financially solvent right now, I have some investments, and I’ll always do anything I can to make you happy. Your happiness is going to be the main thing for me. From now on. Forever. I mean that.”
Maddie Dawson, The Stuff That Never Happened

“She batted those
eyelashes at me so hard I thought I felt a breeze.”
Maddie Dawson, The Stuff That Never Happened

“I walked around on the alert for love. I was an appreciator of people’s best moments.”
Maddie Dawson, The Stuff That Never Happened

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