Michael A. Pyle initially wrote White Sugar, Brown Sugar under the pen name, E. G. Tripp, but decided to just use his actual name after a limited printing.
Pyle has been writing fiction for many years, beginning when he was a teenager. Pyle took creative writing courses in college, wrote several non-fiction textbooks, and wrote a short story called “Eloise’s Day in Court”, published by the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar.
The first draft of White Sugar, Brown Sugar was created in 1980. Pyle had first-hand knowledge of most of the negative experiences described in the book. At the time, he also found that in his own life, drinking had replaced drugs, and he needed to find a way out. The novel has evolve many, many times over the years. Pyle has been clean and sober for many years.
Pyle found the interplay of racial segregation and prejudice to have different nuances in the drug world, so he chose to have two main characters, one Black and one white.
The book is not an autobiography; it is completely fiction. Certainly, some events and people are loosely based on real or imagined events or people. The characters are fictitious. While major locations in Daytona Beach, Florida, such as the Halifax River Yacht Club (which has been torn down and rebuilt in recent years), exist, most occurrences, even those at real locations, are fictitious.
Pyle had a deep desire to describe a life that many would find foreign, including how seemingly nice, intelligent people can end up in the grip of drug abuse and addiction, and how race, money and family status have little to do with how one turns out. He wanted to describe how one can dig oneself out of the downward spiral of addiction and alcoholism, and to dispel myths and worries about organizations, like A.A. and N.A.
Pyle hopes that he has described what many would never experience and show how one should never give up hope.