Helena Duggan is from Kilkenny, a medieval, haunted city in the south of Ireland, which was the inspiration for the eponymous town in A Place Called Perfect. She writes stories full of adventure because she gets bored really easily. She's also a graphic designer and illustrator. A Place Called Perfect is her first book.
Lately, a lot of new things have happened in her life. She got a puppy – he limped out in front of her car one morning and she couldn't leave him behind. She married Robbie in her parents’ hay barn, and welcomed baby Jo, born just months before the launch of her book.
She's enjoying settling down with all these things and creating lots of new memories.
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Helena's debut novel A Place Called Perfect is set in a mysterious town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind. But as strange things keep happening and adults disappear, are the glasses actually stopping people from seeing the truth of the town?
Helena was inspired to write A Place Called Perfect after coming across an unusual pair of antique glasses in Australia, and imagining the story behind them.
As I was in an antique shop I assumed the previous owner of these antique glasses was dead. I imagined that somehow the glasses stored all the memories of the previous owner inside the lenses, and if I got rid of the lenses I’d be getting rid of all their memories. Helena Duggan