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August 21, 2013

Eastpointe native publishes first young-adult novel

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Eastpointe native Sara-Beth Cole reads an excerpt from her novel, “Falken’s Woods,” to Councilman Ron Laforest and John Hoffman, whose company is marketing her novel, during the book’s launch at Cloverleaf July 20.

By Sara Kandel
C & G Staff Writer

Eastpointe native Sara-Beth Cole is a writing machine — she’s written seven novels in the past decade, but it wasn’t until the most recent, “Falken’s Woods,” that she finally decided it was time to publish.

Cole’s passion for the literary arts started at a young age.

“When I was a kid, we used to go to Second Story to get new books every week, so I was already reading a lot, but I didn’t start writing until the third grade at St. Angela’s,” said 31-year-old Cole. “That’s when I started having to turn in book reports.”

It wasn’t until a few years later that she wrote her first fiction story.

“I was in the sixth grade, and I wrote a short story based on an article I read in a magazine about drug abuse,” Cole said. “The article was about a girl whose boyfriend had introduced her to drugs and alcohol. I wrote the afterward — what her life might be like after that.”

After that, she filled her spare time with short stories and poetry, until she wrote her first novel at 19. In the decade that followed, Cole wrote five more novels. 

“I was still learning how to play around with wording and set the story up — none of them were worth publishing until ‘Falken’s Woods,’” Cole said.

Cole published her seventh novel through Amazon July 6. “Falken’s Woods” is a young-adult novel that includes elements of history, witchcraft and ghosts, with the pain of loss, learning how to move on and inner strength.

“It’s about a girl who loses her mother and goes to live with her aunt,” Cole said. “She’s struggling with the loss of her mother and knowing what to do with her life, when she befriends twin brothers who are fixing up a rustic cabin in the woods that used to belong to their great-grandfather,” Cole said. “That’s when the ghost story begins.”

The twins’ great-grandfather had a deep-rooted fear of mortality and, before dying, experimented with witchcraft in an effort to become immortal. Although his efforts were in vain, his ghost still haunts the cabin.

“When I was reading young-adult books, back when I was in grade school, I liked the creepy ghost genres the best, but my favorite thing about this book is the main character and how she learns to cope with the loss of her mother,” Cole said. “For a lot of kids, it’s difficult to move on to the next step in life. After high school, they have a hard time figuring out what to do next.”

“Falken’s Woods” is available at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, amazon.com and sarabethcole.us.

Although Cole now lives in St. Clair Shores with her husband and two children, she returned to her Eastpointe roots when publishing the book.

Hoffman, Laforest & Co., a nontraditional advertising and applied guerilla marketing company located in Eastpointe, did the cover art for the book and is handling marketing and promotions for it, as well.

“After meeting with Sara, she was extremely passionate, and that was enough of a sell for us — anyone who is that passionate about something, I want to help out,” said John Hoffman of Hoffman, Laforest & Co. “I’m not a big reader of novels, but I am reading the book now and I’m enjoying it.”

The book was launched at Cloverleaf Restaurant and Bar in Eastpointe July 20.

Somehow, between caring for her two children, going to school and marketing “Falken’s Woods,” Cole still manages to find the time to write. She is halfway through her latest novel, which she describes as the first in a young-adult series about Greek mythology. She said it should be out by next summer.