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Romance author Maddie Dawson: an interview for Lost in Romance

by Louisa Klein

1) Why writing about love? What made you write about it?
I enjoy writing about love because I believe that’s where most of us live our true lives. It’s where the energy that drives our days comes, and what we think about when we’re thinking of nothing else. For most people I know, it’s also the place where we are the most vulnerable and afraid, where we can truly be touched. And that is the stuff that is worth writing about because it captures us where we live.
 2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
I love Jennifer Crusie and Kristan Higgins and Susan Elizabeth Phillips because I love their humor and the characters they create.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
I wrote ‘The Stuff That Never Happened’ because I wanted to explore what happens in an old, comfortable, familiar marriage when the kids leave home. Annabelle and Grant have been married for 28 years—but at the very beginning of their marriage, back when they hardly knew each other at all—Annabelle fell in love with someone else and had a passionate affair that devastated their marriage. In time, they got back together, raised a family, had a happy life, and agreed never to speak of what had happened. But now that their children have gone, they find themselves having to face the past and their disappointment and anger. Can they reconcile and learn to love each other? And can Annabelle truly say goodbye to her passionate love a second time?
These days I’m working on a new book, about a woman who gets unexpectedly pregnant for the first time at the age 0f 43—just as she’s breaking up with her long-term lover and moving back in to help her 88-year-old diva of a grandmother. This book is about the surprises that come and seek us out, long after we think we’ve figured out how our lives are going to be.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
Isn’t it always a bit fraught with peril, the finding an agent and a publisher? I don’t know any writer who has gone through the process without a bit of hair-pulling and the need for deep breathing. I was relatively lucky in that I found a wonderful agent who was recommended by a publisher friend of mine, and she accepted me right away, and we worked well together. Once we got the book in shape, she sold it within two weeks! I know this is so lucky as to be unheard of, and yet, even so, the whole process took years.
5) What’s your opinion about this e-book revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I certainly think the indie route has made publishing a lot more democratic and it’s created a way for many deserving books to find their audiences. My friends who have gone that way have had success and have enjoyed the ride. I think if I were not being published by Crown, I might consider it—even though it’s a lot more work and responsibility on the author to take care of all the publicity.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts? 
I love contact with the readers, and so I don’t mind doing a certain amount of social media stuff. I have a twitter and a facebook account, and I have a website, and I have taken blog tours and talked to online book clubs. I’m a social being, and sometimes the writing life can feel almost monastic to me, being shut up in a room with only my laptop and my characters to entertain me. Don’t get me wrong: I love nothing more than being engrossed in a book I’m writing, but sometimes it’s fun to peek out into the world and get feedback from readers. Thank you so much, as a matter of fact, for giving me the chance to appear on this blog and talk to your readers. These have been very fun, thoughtful questions!
Info about the author: 
Maddie Dawson grew up in the South, from a family of real “outrageous storytellers—the kind of storytellers who would sit on the dock by the lake in the evening and claim that everything they say is THE absolute truth, like, stack-of-Bibles true.” That’s why she could become nothing but a writer. Before making her dream come true, she had a number of various other careers, such as English teacher, department store clerk, medical records typist, waitress, cat-sitter, wedding invitation company receptionist, nanny, daycare worker, electrocardiogram technician, and Taco Bell taco-maker. That, until she published her first book “The Stuff That Never Happened”, which had stunning international reviews. 
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2 comments

kelly February 7, 2012 - 4:39 pm

The stuff that never happened is a fantastic read! So honest, and unexpected. Loved it!

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Leigh Morgan February 8, 2012 - 6:18 pm

Dear Maddie,
I enjoyed your interview very much and am looking forward to reading THE STUFF THAT NEVER HAPPENED. Your work-in-progress sounds wonderful, when is your anticipated release date?
Leigh.

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