Sarah Addison Allen

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Sarah Addison Allen
BornAsheville, North Carolina
Pen nameKatie Gallagher
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Asheville[1]
GenreFiction, Romance, Magical Realism
Notable worksGarden Spells
Notable awards
  • 2008 SIBA Book Award for fiction
  • Best Women's Fiction of 2007 by the American Library Association's Reading List.
  • 2008 RT Reviewers Choice Award for Women's Fiction
  • 2015 Goodman Endowed Artist

Sarah Addison Allen (also known under the pen name Katie Gallagher) is an American and New York Times bestselling author.[2]


She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she graduated with a degree in literature.[3] In early 2011 Allen was diagnosed with breast cancer and completed a round of chemotherapy by October of the same year.[4]

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"[5] Her books have been translated into 30 languages and sold nearly 2 million copies.[6]


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,[7] and the Department of Literature at UNC Asheville named Addison the 2015 Goodman Endowed Artist.[6]


As Katie Gallagher[edit]

  • Tried and True (2003)


  1. ^ "#261 University of North Carolina, Asheville". Forbes. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Reviews for Addison Allen's books". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  3. ^ Marshall, Alli. "Book Report: The Girl Who Chased the Moon". Mountain Express. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  4. ^ Addison Allen, Sarah. "October 2011". Sarah Addison Allen. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Interview: Sarah Addison Allen, Part 1". Writer Unboxed. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  6. ^ a b "Alumna and Bestselling Author Sarah Addison Allen Returns to UNC Asheville | News Center". Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  7. ^ "AWARD-WINNING BOOKS BY SARAH ADDISON ALLEN". Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  8. ^ White, Diane (November 11, 2007). "Don't sit under that apple tree". Boston Globe. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  9. ^ "DEBUT NOVEL IS EASY, CHARMING READ". Charlotte Observer. September 9, 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  10. ^ Steelman, Ben (Sep 2, 2007). "A Magical Tale of Flirting and Flora". Star-News. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Get to know characters". The Daily News Journal. Jul 25, 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Allen stirs up a bewitching brew". Greensboro News & Record. September 23, 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  13. ^ Stein, Tammar (June 14, 2008). "Review: In Sarah Addison Allen's 'Sugar Queen,' magical thinking sets a life free". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  14. ^ Lee, Allyssa. "The Sugar Queen (review)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  15. ^ WADDELL, EALISH (2008-06-11). "The Sugar Queen (review)". Florida Weekly. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  16. ^ Foster, Mary (March 14, 2010). "Review: `Chased the Moon' offers light reading". UT San Diego. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  17. ^ HOFFERT, BARBARA. "Barbara's Fiction Picks, Feb. 204". Library Journal. Retrieved 3 November 2013.

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