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helen edwards Australian writer and author
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Welcome. My name is Helen Edwards and I adore writing stories for children and young adults. I also love writing non-fiction stories and books about sustainability, eco-living and wellbeing. I am an award winning blogger and author, freelance writer, and speaker. I am Mama to 3 sons and live in Adelaide with my family and 2 cats. I am also completing my PhD in Psychology, which I expect to finish mid 2019. I have been writing and reading since before I went to school. I wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. So, I went off and became a social worker. Seriously not writerly. But in fact, it was, because most of my work was about people's stories.

I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979. I have lived with anxiety for much of my life and suffered with depression at certain points. I have multiple, chronic, hidden disabilities and conditions, alongside my type 1 diabetes. I manage all of these with grace and resilience. In 2001 I decided to start an online diabetes counselling service to support people living with diabetes. It was a hit. I ran this for more than 16 years and won many awards for this work. You can see more here.

In 2013 I started a blog called Recycled Interiors, which is now the Sustainable Home Hub. I am passionate about our beautiful planet. You can see more here.

I have written and published 2 books and a number of ebooks. I have written hundreds of blog posts, magazine articles, social media posts and stories.

I have some exciting book projects underway. I have completed a middle-grade manuscript which is an Australian family drama and am writing my second young teen novel,  a fantasy based in a world of trees.  I am planning a book  which combines my expertise in psychology, with my passion for the planet.  I am also available for all sorts of freelance writing and speaking work  - see more here.

xx Helen

"It is writing that makes sense of things and teaches us about life. It is writing that entertains and dazzles. Books and stories and words are there in your darkest hours and your most brilliant moments of joy. Life is stories. It is writing that puts things into perspective, places you in the real world, takes you away to another world, another time and another possibility. In a story anything can happen".

Helen Edwards Writes


Healthy Planet, Healthy People, Healthy Home

By Helen Edwards

Create a Sustainable Home YOU Love Do you want a more sustainable lifestyle? Make more yourself, do more yourself, grow your own, eat healthier, take care of your family and…

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Diabetes Can’t Stop Me

By Helen Edwards

Growing up with diabetes is not easy. There are lots of things children and their families find hard. Daily management tasks can become battle grounds and it can be an…

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The Forest Keepers

By Helen Edwards

Trees are the answer. Trees are everything. 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 “Everything Begins and Ends with the Trees” is the opening chapter to my current middle grade/younger teen, fantasy novel. I am well into it this week and loving the writing, so thought I would share a little bit of the story! 🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳 Calla Rosewind is 14 and lives…

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Living a Gentle Life

By Helen Edwards

Not everything is possible. Everything can not be changed or undone. But when you look outward, when you let the light in, there is hope. Nature provides us with a restoration that cannot be found elsewhere. It is through nature that we will heal, and it is through noticing nature, that each one of us…

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Long. Straight. Endless. Black road with white lines. Red dirt spread out either side of us across the wide expanse. Ripples of grey green scrub dotted through its gut like tufts of icing. To the left, the shimmering haze that signalled the sea hung above a craggy edged cliff. The sun’s orange orb climbed right…

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Sweet Sixteen

By Helen Edwards

Image is my grandma with my son Maxwell at her 100th – during the speeches he crawled closer and closer to her, and she reached out for a cuddle, it was one of the most beautiful moments watching her with the grandchildren while her children spoke about their love for her. Do you enter writing…

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It’s Written In The Stars

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Why does a writer choose a particular story? Or does the story choose them? How are characters developed, and why would you pick a certain town or region to set your book in? These questions and many more fill your head when you start writing a book. If you are creating a world, somewhere that…

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Tick Tock

By Helen Edwards

All the clocks in the house ticked together, some slightly off-beat, a musical background to her life. Tick, Tick, Tick. Tock, Tock Tock. Precision. Predictable. “Yet time runs away,” she thought, “Like wild horses galloping across the soft white snow, manes tossing in the wind.” She had seen those horses once. They stood in the…

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Why You Need to Read

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Welcome to my Writing Blog! If you are interested in all things design, decorating, slow living and sustainability, head to my Sustainable Home Hub blog and directory here. If you are interested in blogs related to diabetes, (bearing in mind I am not as active on this blog anymore), head here. There is a huge…

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