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helen edwards Australian writer and author
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Welcome. My name is Helen Edwards and I am an award-winning blogger and author. I adore writing stories for children and teens. I like to include themes of nature and our environment in my books. I also love writing non-fiction books about sustainability, eco-living and wellbeing. I am a freelance writer, blogger and speaker.

I am Mama to 3 sons and live in Adelaide with my family and 2 cats. 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 multiple, chronic, hidden disabilities and conditions, alongside my type 1 diabetes. I manage all of these with grace and resilience. In 2001 I founded an award-winning 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 successfully built an online platform of over 140,000 people following me and joining with me, in my words.

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 am completing my PhD in Psychology, due to submit in July 2019 (wish me luck!).

When I am not writing or reading, I enjoy watching quality drama, comedy and nature programmes, listening to music, walking in nature, being near the ocean, roadtrips with my family, and caring for my many potted plants.

I have some exciting book projects underway. I have completed a middle-grade manuscript which is an Australian family drama set in rural NSW, and am working on getting my second middle-grade novel, 'The Forest Keepers - Secrets of The Emerald Stone', published. It is book 1 of a fantasy series based in a world of trees.  I am also available for all sorts of freelance writing and speaking work  - see more here.

"Stories make sense of the world and teach us about life. Stories entertain and dazzle. Books and stories and words are there in your darkest hours and, your most brilliant moments of joy. Life is stories. It is stories that put things into perspective, place you in the real world, take you away to another world, another time and another possibility. In a story anything can happen" Helen x

Featured Books

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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From The Journal

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Why Including The Reality of Nature in Fiction, is so Important

By Helen Edwards

My current book, The Forest Keepers (Book 1) is now complete (hooray!!) and I am in the editing, revising and re-editing stages! It is a fantastic place to be. The story changed as I wrote, as they tend to do,…

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For the Love of Books

By Helen Edwards

I am a young girl, immersed in a book. I sit underneath a large peppercorn tree, its expansive light green canopy overhead. The peppery scent is in my nostrils. The sunshine is dappled in here. It warms my toes,…

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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…

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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…

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Roadtrip

By Helen Edwards

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…

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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…

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