Helen on Twitter: @helenmdouglas
Today Tori and I are hosting the amazing Helen Douglas, author of After Eden, on the Countdown to June 5th blog tour!
Hi Helen! Welcome to To Another World. Can you tell us and our readers a bit about yourself and the After Eden books?
Although I’ve written stories since I was very young, I’ve had all sorts of other jobs in the years leading up to the publication of the After Eden duology. I’ve cleaned holiday chalets in the woods where the spiders are as big as the palm of your hand, waitressed in a café that no one ever came to, co-founded a theatre company and worked as a director, and taught English and Drama (among other things). I’m happiest, however, in my office with my computer and a cup of tea, making up stories.
After Eden is about growing up in a small town where nothing ever happens. The main character, Eden, is a sensible, not terribly adventurous small-town girl who finds herself mixed up in a plot to save the world. She has to choose between protecting the Fate of her best friend and saving the destiny of the planet. Oh, and there’s a handsome stranger who complicates everything.
In Chasing Stars, Eden has to choose between continuing to live in her home town with her family and friends or saving the life of the boy she loves. It’s all about choices – choosing the future that you want for yourself and those you love.
All sorts of things helped inspire the story. In terms of the plot, the greatest inspiration was a telescope. It was a birthday gift and I started learning a bit about exoplanets. (Telescopes do play an important role in After Eden). But in terms of the emotional story, I knew I wanted it to be a love story between two people who couldn’t be together no matter how much they wanted it to be possible.
Now, we can't decide between Connor and Ryan to be our favourite! Who's yours?
I like Connor because he wears his heart on his sleeve and he’s ruled by his emotions. But Ryan is definitely my favourite. He doesn’t always make the best decisions, but he’s loyal and tries to do the right thing.
There are so many elements to After Eden; Romance, time-travel etc. Why did you decide on this mix of genres?
I don’t think in terms of genre when writing a book. I have an idea for a story and I write it. I knew at the beginning that it would be a love story between two people born over a hundred years apart so I guess romance and sci-fi were integral. But it was also important to me that it read like a regular contemporary. I basically write the sort of books I like to read.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. At times I considered actress, meteorologist, film director, lawyer. But I always came back to writing.
Favourite animal? Cat
Favourite food? Green papaya salad
Favourite band/singer? Kings of Leon
Favourite book? The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
We ask everyone this question on TAW. You're on a desert island; what three items would you take? (And nothing that can get you off it, we know you creative types!)
Notebook and Pen (that counts as one item, right?)
Binoculars so I can gaze at the stars and moon (and keep an eye out for passing ships).
This or that!
Chocolate cake or Victoria sponge? Chocolate cake.
Coke or Pepsi? Neither! I don’t drink soda!
Pen/paper or computer? Pen and paper.
Thank you for this interview Helen!
Thanks for having me. It’s been fun!