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helen edwards Australian writer and author
Helen Edwards Australian writer

Welcome! I am Helen Edwards, award winning writer, blogger and author. I am Mama to 3 sons and live in Adelaide with my family and 2 cats. Occasionally my parents leave their blue budgie with us and I spend quite a lot of time talking in various budgie words.

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. In 2001 I decided to start an online diabetes counselling service. I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979. It was a hit. I ran this for more than 16 years. 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.

Helen Edwards Writes is the bringing together of my past, current and future writing - including some exciting book projects underway! I have just completed my debut middle grade novel - The Heart of Scorpius - set in rural NSW against the backdrop of drought, which includes the rescue of a baby magpie, the most wonderful night sky, and one girl’s journey to discovering courage and friendship in unexpected places. I am now in process of working on getting this published. I have just started writing my second middle-grade novel,  a fantasy based in a world of trees. I am also available for all sorts of freelance writing work  - more here.

"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 Write Book Club

November 18, 2018

As a writer, it follows that you are a reader. Or perhaps it is the other way, that as a reader, you begin to write. I was a reader first, my parents reading stories to me from birth. Both English teachers and lovers of words, they introduced me to the world of literature early, and…

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November 11, 2018

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

October 23, 2018

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

October 3, 2018

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

September 21, 2018

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

September 20, 2018

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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