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(Okay, I’ve used up all my allotment of exclamation marks for the whole day–but it was worth it.) #LakeUnionAuthors (of which I am one of 30) are presenting a Twitter Party–the first one ever–between 4:30-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, and we want to invite you to participate. I’m going to be answering questions, telling all my secrets, and generally having a great time between 5:15-6:00 p.m.

Participation is easy. All you have to do is go on Twitter sometime between those hours, type in #LakeUnionAuthors into the search…and voila, you’ll be right there with us. Bring your questions. We’re all giving away prizes and making confessions, showing pictures of our dogs and cats and writing studios, explaining how we keep ourselves from procrastinating and why our research sometimes lands us in jail. (Yes, for reals.)

I am giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and a copy of THE SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO FAMILY HAPPINESS! If you would like to enter, please email me at and answer this question:

What’s the comfort food you remember best from your childhood? You know, the thing they gave you when you were sick or upset…and which you will forever more think of as being The Best Thing Ever.

I’ll also explain why dogs think they can write books, and about that time when I went in to have lunch, and this guy took over.

writing dog


I’ll have my sweet little random number generator (Emma, age 6) pick two numbers from the responses, and will send out the prizes! (ooops, I think two more exclamation marks slipped in. Now I really do have to stop.)

Please join in. (Don’t make me face Twitter alone.)


I am so happy to say that my new book, THE SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO FAMILY HAPPINESS, was published on October 25, by Lake Union, and is now available for pre-order, both in paperback and on Kindle by clicking the link on the title. Kirkus has already weighed in and says, “Dawson is a generous storyteller, creating characters who are both complex and unexpected while being wholly relatable.” I couldn’t be more deliriously happy! (Well, if the Cubs win the World Series and Hillary Clinton wins the election, my delirium will know no bounds!)

Today, I’m thrilled to say that my book was named one of the 25 best books for the fall by It’s in some pretty heavy-hitting company!

Hooray!! The Associated Press gave it a great review, too! Here’s the version from The Washington Post from 10/25/16.