Dr Helen Edwards, PhD

Children's & YA Author. Award-winning Blogger & Writer

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Welcome. My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I'm a children's and YA author, represented by Debbie Golvan at Golvan Arts Management and an award-winning writer and blogger.

I'm working on a number of middle-grade and young adult novels - stay tuned! I offer freelance writing services to a range of people, in particular sustainable businesses and health and wellbeing services. More here.

I have a Bachelor of Social Work, a PhD in Psychology, a Certificate in Diabetes Education and a Certificate in Design. 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! I won many awards, including being a state finalist in the Australian of The Year Awards and The Telstra Business Women's Awards. 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 that include characters who are living with physical and mental health conditions.

In 2013 I started a sustainable living blog and interior decorating service, called Recycled Interiors, which is now merged at my writing site 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,


Using Your Voice: How to Deal with the Facebook News Ban in Australia

By Helen Edwards | February 18, 2021

This morning, many of us with Facebook pages woke to see either our content gone, our ability to share our own links from our own websites gone, or both. What began as a small trickle seeping from the top down, became a tsunami, as gradually smaller and smaller websites began to see the impact. I…

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Heart Home Nature

By Helen Edwards | January 30, 2021

Six years ago, I started a little blog called Recycled Interiors, documenting my personal love of all things vintage, upcycled, handmade, homemade and sustainable. It’s taken me in many directions and connected me to many wonderful people. Lots has happened! I completed my qualifications in design, my PhD in Psychology and started writing children’s and…

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The Gift of Hope

By Helen Edwards | December 15, 2020

It’s been an incredibly long year. At the same time, it’s difficult to believe it’s almost Christmas. Things just don’t seem, well, right. The decorations are up, the presents mostly wrapped, and the turkey ordered. We’re once again allowed to have more than our immediate family in our homes for celebrations. And yet, there’s a…

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By Helen Edwards | October 1, 2020

I’m busy writing my new YA, which is an #ownvoices magical realism story, as one of the main characters, Odelle, happens to have type 1 diabetes. I don’t know of any magical realism or fantasy where the main character has a chronic illness or disability and it’s just the way it is, rather than the…

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We’re All In This Together

By Helen Edwards | September 24, 2020

Imagine this if you will – you are under the control of a dictator who oversees your every move. They tell you that you have to live within a tight range of numbers, measured in your blood. You will be tested on these numbers daily, often many times a day. You must not eat until…

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how to care for succulents with Fleurieu Gifts on the Recycled Interiors Podcast

Caring For Indoor Plants & Succulents

By Helen Edwards | September 8, 2020

Charlene Maney is the proud owner of the online gift store fleurieu gifts and Botanista – combining boutique teas, plants and flowers in a unique and beautiful shopping experience in Port Noarlunga, South Australia. Her career encompasses time as an accomplished linguist, educator and marketer. In March 2014 she left behind the corporate world, swapped…

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1st Place Winner