Sarah Eads always knew that she wanted to be a writer.
“Since I was in the first grade I knew I was going to be a writer … I just didn’t know how I was going to achieve it,” she said. “I went through several different ideas.”
Eads, who was born and raised in St. Charles Parish and graduated from Hahnville High School, forged a path to accomplish her publishing goals. Next month she will release her second novel titled “Dream About Me.”
The book follows “Reviving Sunshine,” her first published book released in April 2019.
“I think it’s the story telling that I love so much,” Eads said. “I love to tell stories, and being from southern Louisiana I like to talk. I love to observe my surroundings and it always creates these stories.”
Both of Eads’ novels take place in Italy. Her love of all things Italian was birthed from an unlikely experience – a sixth grade project at Lakewood Elementary.
“I was always fascinated with Ancient Rome and Ancient Civilization and I chose to do my project on the Colosseum,” she said. “I made a model out of popsicle sticks … I always knew that I would go there eventually.”
It was during her last semester at Southeastern Louisiana University that Eads got the chance to visit the country during a study abroad trip.
“We got to study the culture and go places and we got to speak the language,” she said. “Well, we spoke the language a little bit and not as well as we planned to, but it was amazing. When we left I was heartbroken … I knew that is where I wanted to be.”
Her second trip to Italy came last year after the release of her first book.
“When the plane landed in Rome my heart said, ‘You’re home,’” she said. “Its home to me … its my spirit country.”
“Dream About Me” is now available for preorder via the Barnes and Nobles website. It will be released Oct. 9.
“I think my favorite thing about being an author is seeing ideas come to life on paper,” Eads said. “I want my readers to have a moment where they are swept away from reality when they read my books.”
She has partnered with the St. Charles Parish Library for an online launch of the book at 6 p.m on Oct. 9. An in-person launch is scheduled for Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southern Latte Café in Luling.
As far as the future goes, Eads said she has a lot of projects brewing.
“I have quite a few books in the works,” she said. “I have a Christmas book I’ll be sending off to come out next year. I have a series I’m working on and I hope to have a book I’m using for school get picked up by Hallmark.”
While she is currently working as a substitute teacher for St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Eads is also a student – she is working on her master’s degree in creative writing from Concordia University and hopes to in the future teach creative writing at a university.