About Helen Douglas
Helen Douglas graduated from the LSE with a degree in economic history. After a stint as a subeditor in London, she moved to California, where she worked as a theatre director, then as an English teacher. A keen stargazer, one of her first memories is of getting up in the middle of the night to sneak outside and watch the Perseid meteor shower with a friend. It was a telescope that she received as a birthday gift that helped inspire EDEN. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband and children.
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THIRTEEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT HELEN DOUGLAS
2. I once got stung by a scorpion deep in the desert, over 80 miles from the nearest doctor. It hurt like hell, but all I had to kill the pain was a bag of ice.
3. I’m an arachnophobe. I’m also short-sighted. I once went hiking in the desert without wearing my glasses. When I finally put them on I discovered that the hundreds of brown smudges on the rocks around me were actually tarantulas.
4. I love deserts but don’t care for dessert.
5. I have been swimming with freshwater crocodiles. (It’s ok, it’s the saltwater ones you have to watch out for!)
6. Peter Pan is one of my all-time favourite stories.
7. If I could travel through time, I would travel a hundred years in the future just to see how everyone I know turns out.
8. If I could have a superpower, it would be either flight or time-travel.
9. I was usually picked last for sports teams at school. The only sport I was even remotely good at was the hurdles.
10. I’m so bad at drawing that even my stick figures are hard to identify.
11. After Eden was written in the hours before dawn, which was quite helpful if I needed to pop outside to look at the stars.
12. Semi-colons are my favourite punctuation mark; I use them far too often.
13. When I was a child, I wanted to be either a meteorologist or a writer. I still like weather.
Title: After Eden (After Eden #1)
Author: Helen Douglas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Date of Publication: November 5 (USA) | November 7, 2013 (UK)
Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she’s hooked. On the face of it, he’s a typical American teenager. So why doesn’t he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn’t heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he’s taking in her.As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his secret. Her breakthrough comes one rainy afternoon when she stumbles across a book in Ryan’s bedroom – a biography of her best friend – written over fifty years in the future. Confronting Ryan, she discovers that he is there with one unbelievably important purpose … and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.
Helen is giving away her last ARC of AFTER EDEN! Open internationally. Good luck!
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Thank you Helen for celebrating your debut year with us! Come back tomorrow here at Oops! I Read A Book Again as Christian Schoon visits us! Now, go on to Michelle’s blog for her feature on Jennifer Ann Mann!
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