Maddie was born in Bad Homburg, Germany to German parents. When her mother married an American Army Officer in 1961, she began attending school at the Army base and English became her second language. A love for the written word translated into an English degree from the University of South Florida, with high hopes of staying in academia and teaching English literature to college students while writing the great American novel. Although her path ended up in the business world instead, she has now come full circle to incorporate her love for children and dogs to write her first book. Maddie lives in Lake County, Florida with her husband Jay and two Jack Russell terriers named Sarah and Sam.