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Dr Helen Edwards, PhD. Australian Children's & YA Author. Award-winning Blogger. Copywriter & Storyteller For Hire

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Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I'm an Australian children's and YA author, represented by Debbie Golvan at Golvan Arts Management. I am the founder of The Australian Bookish Shop and a Copywriter and Storyteller for Hire.

I have a PhD in Psychology and I'm an award-winning blogger and writer, with a focus on inspiring kindness and hope through stories.

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In 2001 I founded an award-winning online counselling service to support people living with diabetes. It was the first in the world and it was a hit! You can see more here.

I've had type 1 diabetes myself since 1979 and a few other chronic conditions that can make life tricky, including stomach paralysis (gastroparesis). I live with anxiety and ADHD and like to write stories about neurodiversity and/or that include characters living with physical and mental health conditions, out in the world, having adventures.

I'm passionate about nature and inspiring action for our children's future. The environment, animals and nature, often feature in my stories. In 2013 I started a sustainable living blog called Recycled Interiors, which is now merged at my blog here.

Thank you for loving stories as much as I do, because they really can change the world.

x Helen


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Latest From My Blog

Five Minutes with Judith Michael #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | November 16, 2021

For author Judith Michael, writing is total immersion, especially if the genre is exciting. Of all the books she’s read and loved, it’s the speculative elements that are the most compelling to her. She loves the truly magical. ‘The ‘what ifs’ and the ‘just supposings’… the way the brain ignites with unforeseen ideas. I don’t…

The Forevability Book Awards 2021

By Helen Edwards | November 12, 2021

Have you written a book for children with a theme around disability, mental health, neurodiversity or chronic illness? Have a main character in your published book who lives with a mental or physical health condition or who is neurodiverse? Are you an author of an #ownvoices story who lives with a chronic condition, disability, or…

Five Minutes with Karen Ginnane #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | November 9, 2021

Author Karen Ginnane writes historical fantasy that straddles young adult and middle-grade – that age when children are quickly becoming aware of themselves and the wider world. ‘I clearly remember the intensity of this age and how books were almost visceral experiences – so many ideas are encountered for the first time. This is an…

Five Tips on Using Books to Support Your Children’s Wellbeing

By Helen Edwards | October 28, 2021

Were you read to as a child? Do you have favourite books from childhood? I was lucky to have parents who read to me from birth. I still have many of the books I loved most, sitting on my shelves today. I often had my head in a book as a child and would walk…

5 Minutes with Kevin Klehr #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | October 27, 2021

Author Kevin Klehr writes across a broad range of themes and genres, but says he recently realised that all of his books feature relationship issues. He draws on his own 31-year relationship, to create his fictional stories, and says Urban Fantasy and Magic Realism are the best ways to describe most of his work. Kevin…

SA Woman Australia Awards Finalist!

By Helen Edwards | October 20, 2021

Have you ever been recognised for what you do in the world by being selected as a finalist in an award? I remember all the points in my life where this has happened, from winning a book for a story I wrote in Children’s Book Week when I was 5 years old, to the many…

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