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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.

Thank you for loving books as much as I do, because stories can change the world.

x Helen


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Latest From My Blog

SA Woman Australia Awards Finalist!

By Helen Edwards | October 20, 2021

Have you ever been recognised for what you do in the world by being selected as a finalist in an award? I remember all the points in my life where this has happened, from winning a book for a story I wrote in Children’s Book Week when I was 5 years old, to the many…

Five Minutes with Robyn Bavati #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | October 14, 2021

Robyn Bavati writes fiction primarily for readers aged 12-15. She says there are probably three reasons for why she chooses to write for this age group. The first is that she remembers herself at age 12, 13, and 14, and at that time (in the early 70’s) there was no such thing as YA fiction,…

Five Minutes with Felicity Banks #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | September 23, 2021

Author Felicity Banks says that almost everything she write involves magic, because she gets bored otherwise (or disturbed, if she writes crime or horror). ‘I also write steampunk, because a friend of mine did cool stuff like steampunking a teddy bear and I was slowly drawn into the whole scene. Now I own five corsets.…

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…

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