I was born in a small seaside town in Cornwall, where life centred around the beach. When it rained, which it did a lot, I read lots of books and started writing my own stories. After leaving Cornwall to attend university, I lived in many different places including London; the San Francisco Bay Area; Long Island; and New Jersey. I always wanted to be a writer, but I took the scenic route via waitress, sub-editor, theatre director and English teacher. I’m now back in Cornwall where I live with my husband, two children and four cats. I combine my day-job teaching high school English with early morning writing (AFTER EDEN was written between 5:00 am and 6:30 am which might explain why the night sky features so heavily in it). I’m represented by Julia Churchill of the Greenhouse Literary Agency and am currently working on the sequel to AFTER EDEN.
My superstition: I'm just not a superstitious person. Though I do have a soft spot for black cats.
AFTER EDEN by Helen Douglas
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 house - 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.
AFTER EDEN (Bloomsbury UK/USA JULY 2013)