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

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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 currently have a number of manuscripts out on submissions and am working on an historical fiction for middle-grade which is supported by a grant from Arts South Australia.

I worked as a social worker for many years and have a PhD in Psychology. I'm an award-winning blogger and writer, with a focus on the environment, nature, sustainable living, health and mental health.

Read our showcase of Australian authors with the #LoveAusAuthors blog series - featuring Australian Authors, their books and their lives.

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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 have quite a few other chronic conditions that can make life tricky, including stomach paralysis (gastroparesis), anxiety and ADHD. I like to write stories about neurodiversity and/or that include characters living with physical and mental health conditions and chronic illness, 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 our Mother Earth and inspiring action for our children's future. The environment, animals and nature, often feature in my stories.

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

x Helen


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Latest From My Blog

The Australian Bookish Shop Updates!

By Helen Edwards | September 16, 2021

We have been very busy at The Australian Bookish Shop and I have been growing our list of Australian books and bookish gifts, as well as working behind the scenes to set up our charity programme and add Afterpay to our payment options. Of course, I have also been researching and continuing to write my…

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5 Ways To Care For Indoor Plants

By Helen Edwards | September 8, 2021

Whether you have recently discovered a passion for potted plants in your home, or like me, have always been a lover of the indoor plant, there are some simple tips that can help keep them healthy and alive. So many people tell me they struggle to keep potted plants happy! Often there are basic things…

Five Minutes with Nadia King #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 27, 2021

Nadia King says she tends to write about things that upset her. She sometimes writes because she wants to see if she can make herself and her readers uncomfortable and enjoys writing about fascinating historical events. Her first book, a young adult novella titled Jenna’s Truth, was written when she learned about the death of…

Five Minutes with Michelle Saftich #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 16, 2021

Michelle Saftich writes books about family, resilience and hope, with psychological and paranormal themes in her more recent works. Born and raised in Brisbane, she studied a Bachelor of Communications/Journalism Degree at QUT and worked in newspapers for about 13 years, as both a journalist and sub-editor. She is married, with two teenaged sons, a…

Five Minutes with Laurie Bell #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 5, 2021

Laurie Bell writes MG and YA for girls. She believes children should feel like they can try anything, and in her stories, young girls and women take charge, find their inner strength, and become the hero. ‘In my books, girls and women don’t rely on others to save them. They save themselves and everyone else.…

Five Minutes with A.L Tait #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | July 29, 2021

Allison Tait, or A.L Tait, as she is well-known as in the kidlit world, says she writes adventure stories because she is the least adventurous person she knows. ‘I like to send my characters to climb mountains, ford streams and generally get themselves into (and out of) trouble so I don’t have to do it.’…

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