Author Cassandra King returns to South Walton with a new book

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Author Cassandra King with her "Same Sweet Girls" book when she visited Seaside three years ago.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM.

Best-selling author Cassandra King will return to South Walton for a "Coffee with Cassandra" event at The Hidden Lantern in Rosemary Beach from 10 a.m. until noon May 3 to introduce and sign copies of her new book "Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life."

Published just this month, King says this book is not really a follow-up to her original "The Same Sweet Girls," published in 2005.

In an interview with The Sun, King said the original "Same Sweet Girls" was actually a fictionalized version of the lives of herself and her college roommates. The book's name was inspired by a “sweet” and worldly beauty queen’s talk at college convocation when King was a student. That speech helped her discover the difference between a “Southern Belle” and the true meaning of “sweet.” In her first book, King and her fictionalized friends were empowered that day to rebel against the superficiality of “sweet” and frame life in a different way.

King and her girlfriends from college have remained friends throughout the decades and gather at annual reunions, these days, in Seagrove. They call themselves "The Same Sweet Girls," the phrase lifted from the beauty queen's convocation address.

King was invited to deliver a commencement address at her alma mater several years ago, during which she explained the difference between being sweet and being a Southern Belle.

Her definition of sweet?

"Well, the same sweet girls use the word 'sweet' as ironically as we use the word 'girls.' We're not girls any more and we're not really sweet, and never have been," she answered. "But we know how to fake it, and pretend to be sweet as pie."

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