HER father was probably the best no 8 that ever played for the Irish rugby team and Helena Duggan has shown the same bravery and talent that her legendary dad, Willie Duggan did, in bringing out her own children’s book which is now available on Amazon.com and in local bookshops. The talented graphic designer from the city’s Dunmore road has been writing since she was a child and her first book, “A Place Called Perfect” tells the story of a 10-year-old girl, Violet Brown who’s Dad, a world renowned optician, is offered a job in a place called “Perfect”, a town that is anything but...
Helena who combines a number of careers has been working as a freelance graphic designer for the last three years under the name Held Design. She has always dabbled in writing but did not write her first real piece until she completed a creative writing course while living in Melbourne, Australia. When she returned to Ireland she undertook a certificate in creative writing from NUI Maynooth and is currently enrolled in a programme there. She has been published locally and has had some articles published in national papers and magazines.
She got the courage to self publish after receiving great critical praise for “A Place Called Perfect”. “I sent it out to about 20 agents and my rejections were very positive, two of the agencies were keen to sign it up only to pull out last minute. This gave me encouragement to go it alone. I had been following the self publishing process for the last number of years and being a graphic designer, I knew I could make a professional book and the result is A Place Called Perfect,” she said.
Take a journey into Perfect, a town that is anything but... Violet Brown didn’t want to live in a place that thought it was perfect. How would she ever survive? She’d have to be neat and tidy, would definitely have to brush her hair. She’d have to be perfect and that was boring. But when her Dad is offered the best job an optician can get, to fix a strange problem in this odd little town, Violet has to obey. “That’s the thing with parents, they only ever did what they wanted!”
From the beginning Violet hates her new home, it’s too clean, the people are too friendly, everything is just too nice. When her Mam begins to act a little strange; her Dad disappears on a mysterious business trip without telling a soul and she almost gets expelled from school for picking up a pencil without permission and she starts hearing voices in her head. Violet thinks she was going mad. Until one day she meets Boy.....
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