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Maddie Dawson

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I'm the author of seven novels about love, crazy families, secrets, parenthood, and--yes, they have reasonably happy endings. Kind of like life. My newest, Matchmaking for Beginners, will be released June 1, 2018. My other novels are: The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness, The Opposite of Maybe, The Stuff That Never Happened, Kissing Games of the World and A Piece of Normal.
My first novel, What Comes After Crazy, was written 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)
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I'm afraid that we are experiencing a patch of Ordinary Life here--or O.L., as my friend Alice refers to it.

O.L. is the tiny, maddening details of life all going haywire at once. It's nothing that can bring you to a full stop of despair, you understand--it's just a pile-up of Things Gone Slightly Wrong and Needing Your Attention.
One damn thing after another, until you want to scream.

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“Whatever happens, love that.”
Maddie Dawson, Matchmaking for Beginners

“it’s in the broken places where the light gets in.”
Maddie Dawson, Matchmaking for Beginners

“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.”
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