Sarah Addison Allen ’94 is taking the literary world by storm. After graduation from UNC Asheville she sold a few stories, but her big break came in 2007 with the publication of her first mainstream novel, Garden Spells, a modern fairy tale about an enchanted apple tree and the family of North Carolina women who tend it.
Booklist called Allen's accomplished debut "spellbindingly charming" and the novel became a New York Times bestseller, a BookSense pick and a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection. Since then she has released four additional bestselling novels.
“Through my degree in literature, I discovered who I was as a reader,” Allen said. “And from that, I learned who I was as a writer. I know I wouldn't be where I am today without my college experience.”