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My favorite books are the ones that make me smile for hours after reading them. I want that for my readers, for the sweetness to linger. Sort of like chocolate, but without the calories. ---->>>

Who I am, what I am, is the culmination of a lifetime of reading, a lifetime of stories. And there are still so many more books to read. I'm a work in progress. ---->>>

There's an old hymn called 'How Can I Keep from Singing?' That's what writing feels like to me. I have to write. It's intrinsic to who I am. So it was a natural choice for me to try to pursue writing as a career. Truthfully, though, I still daydream about how fun it would be to ride on the back of a garbage truck. ---->>>

Magical realism is a blending of the unusual or supernatural into an otherwise ordinary setting. And, to me, this perfectly describes the South. 'The Sugar Queen' involves a lot of magical happenings, but in a very down-home Southern setting. It's full of things that could almost be true. ---->>>

At any given time I'm listening to the Cory Branan, Leonna Naess, Eve 6, the King's Noyse, Sean Paul, Green Day, the BoDeans, Buddy Holly, Nowell Sing We Clear... the list goes on and on. But I rarely listen to music while I write. I start typing the lyrics. ---->>>

My writing process is very organic. I start with an idea. I have the general story arc and the cast. But then I sit down to write, and things change. ---->>>

Don't give up because of the dark days. Succeed in spite of them. The dark days make the bright days seem even brighter. So bright you can hardly stand it. ---->>>

The thing most consistently on my desk as I write is a cat - a different one at different times of the day. I think I'm more a part of their ritual. ---->>>

Doctors say there's no such thing as chemo brain, but ask any chemo patient. ---->>>

I love that my dad has stopped asking me when I'm going to get a real job. ---->>>

I think my characters are more wish fulfillments than they are mirrors. They see things I don't and live in a world I can only enter through words. ---->>>

I'm a huge fan of Alice Hoffman, Fred Chappell and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. ---->>>

Cancer is too real, and too awful, and I can't make it good or magical. I couldn't even read a book where a character had cancer, for a while... But now I've reached a point where I don't think about cancer nonstop anymore, and sometimes I worry about that - I'm going to forget what I went through; I'm going to forget how horrible it was. ---->>>

I'm a classic stress-eater, so I know a lot about how eating can become a way of hiding from what's really wrong. I escape into food. But some people escape into books. Some into relationships that might not be good for them. The three main characters in 'The Sugar Queen' struggle with each of these comforts-turned-crutches. ---->>>

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Sarah Addison Allen (also known under the pen name Katie Gallagher) is an American and New York Times bestselling author. She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she graduated with a degree in literature. In early 2011 Allen was diagnosed with breast cancer and completed a round of chemotherapy by October of the same year. Addison has won numerous awards for her work including; 2008 SIBA Book Award for fiction for her novel garden spells, Best Women's Fiction of 2007 by the American Library Association's Reading List, 2008 RT Reviewers Choice Award for Women's Fiction for her novel the sugar queen and, the department of Literature at UNC Asheville named Addison the 2015 Goodman Endowed Artist. As a child she aspired to be a waste management technician but decided to pursue writing once she graduated from college. When asked about her writing process she said; "I start with a loose storyline, then see where it goes" Her books have been translated into 30 languages and sold nearly 2 million copies(wikipedia)