Dr Helen Edwards, Psychology PhD.

Children's & YA Author✍️Freelance Writer🍃Weaving Nature, Magic & History⭐️Raising Diverse Voices

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Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I have a PhD in Psychology and I'm an Australian author of books for children and young adults, represented by Golvan Arts Management. I'm also a freelance writer and storyteller for hire. Find my services here.

In 2001 I founded an 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 since 1979 and a few other chronic conditions that can make life tricky. I live with anxiety and ADHD (diagnosed in adulthood) and like to include characters in my stories who are neurodivergent and/or who live with physical and mental health conditions, out in the world, having adventures.

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

I look forward to sharing stories with you, because they really can change the world.

x Helen


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Build a Wall

By Helen Edwards | May 18, 2022

When all is harsh too loud, too much, too terrible, too sad… Build yourself a wall with sand and water Immerse your skin in salty sea Bathe in rays of sunshine gold Lie beside yourself expanding into endless horizons Feel the pull of tide And Moon And time Let go, be still, be free

Pearly and Pig and The Great Hairy Beast, by Sue Whiting

By Helen Edwards | May 12, 2022

I love a good adventure story and Pearly and Pig and The Great Hairy Beast, by the fabulous Sue Whiting, certainly kept me on the edge of my seat! This is the first in a new junior fiction series for Sue, an award-winning children’s and YA author and editor who has worked in publishing for…

Guide Alice Manfield

How Research Tells a Story

By Helen Edwards | May 11, 2022

Research is central to any author’s writing process. Whether you’re telling a completely true story, or creating an alternative world, with no resemblance to reality, you will need to spend a fair amount of your time in research. For me, this begins with the seed of an idea. Usually, I will see or read or…

The Good and The Bad

By Helen Edwards | May 4, 2022

The other day, after struggling for a while with my mental health for all of the reasons, something happened that sent me crashing to the depths of despair. I had already been under intense pressure; caring for my family, my own health, juggling some heavy freelance work with tight deadlines and my creative writing, trying…

The Torrent

Book Review: The Torrent by Dinuka McKenzie

By Helen Edwards | March 28, 2022

A loving husband lost to devastating summer floods. A teenage girl injured during a robbery. Two seemingly unconnected cases that will push a detective to the brink. Do you have a favourite genre, or a preferred target age group when selecting books? I read everything from picture books to adult books and enjoy a range…

The Bravest Word: Book Review

By Helen Edwards | March 10, 2022

There is so much talent in our Australian writing community. We are very lucky. The result is an overflowing to-be-read pile and a sense of security, knowing there is always a next read on the shelves in my house, always a door to other worlds and other people’s experiences of life. I am going to…

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