Sarah Addison Allen Quotes

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.

Smile Quotes

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.

Food Quotes, Stress Quotes, Character Quotes, Relationship Quotes

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.

Time Quotes, Listening Quotes, Music Quotes


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

Love Quotes

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.

Life Quotes, Work Quotes

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.

Character Quotes, Fulfillment Quotes

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.

Fun Quotes, Truth Quotes, Choice Quotes

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.

Worry Quotes, Character Quotes

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.

Time Quotes

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.

Change Quotes