Homegrown Esperance author returns for novel launch

Author Sarah-Jayne Eeles. Photo: Ken Sharpe.

Author Sarah-Jayne Eeles. Photo: Ken Sharpe.

Homegrown author Sarah-Jayne Eeles will arrive in Esperance on Friday, July 26, to celebrate the launch of her first novel 'Original Sin'.

The novel, which was released earlier this year, is a supernatural thriller which follows a young woman with a tragic past as she attempts to uncover why she is being hunted.

Eeles said the idea for the novel was born out of an interesting conversation with a close friend where, just hours later, she found herself beginning to flesh-out the characters.

"Normally, I know how the story is going to end, but that wasn't the case for this one," Eeles said.

"I just continued writing and let the characters tell me that."

Original Sin has been more than four years in the making, developed while Eeles was still working full-time and pursuing her passion for writing on the side.

Despite writing having always been her passion, Eeles said it wasn't until late 2018 that she decided to take the plunge and pursue it full-time, a decision cemented by a life-altering health scare.

"It's probably been the last four or five years that I've really knuckled-down and started treating it as a profession," she said.

"I had a very large draw of unfinished projects. This may be my first novel, but it's not the first one I've started.

"I had a full-time job, and I loved it, but my passion was writing. I would finish a full day at work and be writing at night or on weekends.

"I did have a rather large tumour in my head putting pressure on my brain. I had come to a point in my life where I decided that the life I saw for myself wasn't going to happen unless I decided to start now."

In the months since Eeles took on writing full-time, she said she had already finished the first draft of her next book 'Dire Conditions' and hoped to release it later this year.

"While I had always done a lot of writing, Original Sin was really me learning how to write a book, the process," she said.

"The second time I was a bit more prepared."

The launch will be held at the Cannery Arts Centre on Friday, July 26, from 6.30pm, with a reading preview and signing.

Attendees can choose to donate $5 to the Cannery Arts Centre to enter or can purchase a $25 ticket to receive a signed copy of the book.

Tickets will also be available at the door on the night.

For more information on Original Sin, or to purchase the book, visit www.sjeeles.com