If you read Just You and Me, Kid, an excerpt adapted for our April issue from Matt Logelin’s new book, Two Kisses for Maddy, chances are his story about embracing fatherhood alone after losing his wife to a pulmonary embolism hours after she gave birth to their daughter touched your heart. It certainly has reached others—the book hit The New York Times Best Sellers list this month. We picked up the phone to ask Logelin about his newfound fame
Where were you when you found out Two Kisses for Maddy hit The New York Times Best Sellers list?
I was sitting on my couch watching Maury—I’m sure it was about another paternity test issue—and I didn’t have any idea I would be on the list but I knew my editor would be calling at some point. I got the phone call and I was absolutely blown away by it. I didn’t expect to hit any list, let alone the New York Times Best-Seller List. It was just incredible.
But your blog, Matt, Liz and Madeline, has drawn a huge audience.
Yeah, but the book is different because people are paying for it. Reading the blog was free, and so I didn’t really ever have to worry about meeting anybody’s expectations. If someone didn’t like it, they didn’t like it. With the book I was asking people to spend money on something. Even though my blog and the book are completely different, I thought people might be bored of the story. I had all sorts of worries.
The difference in response has been pretty pronounced. People who read the blog and then picked up the book learned a lot more about me and my situation. I think they bought it because they thought it would be nice to support this guy who had been through this situation, and then were surprised to enjoy it more than they thought they would. More than anything, people who have lost a parent keep telling me they wish their mom or dad had written something like this for them.
How’s Maddy doing now?
She’s doing great! She’s in Minnesota right now with her grandparents while I’m out touring for the book and she’s just really happy and doing wonderfully. She’s aware of the book a little bit, but not really. She can walk into a bookstore and see a copy of it and say “Daddy, that’s me!” It’s funny to see her react to it and talk about it really loudly, as if I’m bringing her in to advertise it. But really I just take her to bookstores because I like to buy her books! It would be embarrassing if it weren’t so comical.