Sarah Eakin, an international author, journalist, PR consultant and former Aiken resident, will launch her debut novel “Wed, White and Blue” at The Willcox from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday July 26. There will be a cash bar in the world-renowned hotel’s lobby.
Sarah, who moved to Aiken in 2000 and recently returned to her native UK, spent several years working on her book which is first in a series called The Sterling Chronicles. Set in the fictitious town of Oakville, South Carolina, the humorous plot centers on Sterling Johnson, a local gay hairstylist whose world is turned upside down by the arrival of a handsome Brit who is “everything he ever wanted in a man – hot, stylish, sophisticated and needing to get married…but to a girl.” Oakville, a horsey, small city, has similarities to Aiken, and The Palmetto, a central venue in the book, has echoes of The Willcox. Sterling himself was inspired by Sarah’s friend, the hair stylist Lee Britain. But the plot itself, which she describes as a bawdy romp, is from Sarah’s imagination.
“Like most writers, I was inspired by the world around me and the people I have met in life,” she says. “But at the end of the day the book is a work of fiction.”
Sarah, who moved to Edinburgh in 2015, has been selected as one of 17 emerging writers to read her work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival – the largest event of its kind in the world.
“It was exciting to be selected,” Eakin said, whose performance is August 21 and will be streamed live from www.cityofliterature.com
The second novel in The Sterling Chronicles is due out by Christmas. In the meantime, Eakin will sign copies of ‘Wed, White and Blue’ at The Willcox. They may also be purchased for $8.99 on Amazon.com.
Sarah Eakin was born in Surrey, England. Graduating from London University with a degree in Russian, she became Polo Correspondent to The Independent and a sports reporter at the Southern Evening Echo. In her writing career, she was the polo correspondent to The Daily Telegraph, and Horse and Hound as well as the editor in chief of International Polo Review. In 1996, while working for Sidelines magazine in Florida, she met and married the professional polo player, Gary Eakin. After long stints touring, they settled in South Carolina where their son James was born in 2001. Sarah’s work has also appeared in Polo Magazine, the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, Aiken Polo Magazine and The Aiken Horse, among other publications.
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