DR helen edwards, phd

Author & Freelance Writer

Weaving Diverse Stories of Nature, Magic & History

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Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I have a PhD in Psychology and I'm an Australian author of books for children and adults, weaving diverse stories of nature, magic and history. I am represented by Golvan Arts Management.

On my blog, I write book reviews and stories about other Australian authors; share some of my own author story and learnings in life; and write about sustainability, wellbeing and nature.

In my 'spare' time, I'm a freelance writer and storyteller for hire - Creating Content That Connects. Find my copywriting, blog writing & editing, social media content creation and management and other writing services here.

I also dabble as a visual artist and the header image on my website was hand-drawn by me and digitised by a lovely friend.

I have spent many years working in mental health and in 2001 I founded an 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 since 1979 and a few other chronic conditions that can make life tricky. I live with anxiety and ADHD (which was finally diagnosed in adulthood) and like to include characters in my stories who are neurodivergent and/or who live with physical and mental health conditions, out in the world, having adventures.

In 2013 I started a sustainable blog called Recycled Interiors, which is now merged here. I'm passionate about nature and inspiring action for our children's future. Animals and the healing power of nature often feature in my stories.

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

x Helen


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Latest From My Blog

The Tiny House Project: A Collaboration Between The Upcyclist & The Bower

By Helen Edwards | July 23, 2022

I posted this story a while back, but have refreshed it because so many people are getting interested in tiny houses! James The Upcyclist builds all sorts of things with recycled materials. This project is the Tiny House prototype, in conjunction with The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre in Marrickville, Sydney, made mostly from recycled…

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How to Make a Native Bee Hotel

By Helen Edwards | July 22, 2022

We all know bees are vital to our survival, but did you know that there are over 1,600 species of Australian native bees, and estimates that there are at least another 350 undiscovered species? The biggest threats to native bees are land clearing, habitat fragmentation, fire management and pesticides. The commercial honey bees we tend…

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Open Your Heart to Country by Jasmine Seymour

By Helen Edwards | July 18, 2022

Picture books are an important part of my reading time and many old and new picture books grace my shelves. There is an abundance of talent in the Australian picture book scene including this wonderful story by Jasmine Seymour, Open your heart to Country, published by Magabala Books. Jasmine is the award-winning author of Baby Business (2019)…

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Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe & Hannah Sommerville

By Helen Edwards | July 15, 2022

While Milla’s friends take big, brave jumps off the jetty, Milla stays on the blistering wood, scared of what lurks below. But when Milla accidentally falls off the edge, she discovers the beauty of the deep, dark sea – and her summer changes forever. This gorgeous picture book written by Andrea Rowe and illustrated by…

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Five Minutes with Sue Saliba #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | July 14, 2022

Author Sue Saliba lives on Phillip Island, on a winding dirt road called Teddy Bear Lane. She has spent many summers protecting endangered birds and often often rescues strays in the neighbourhood. Sue’s young adult novel, Something in the World Called Love, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and her young adult novel, Alaska, was…

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Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief, by Katrina Nannestad

By Helen Edwards | July 11, 2022

Award-winning writer Katrina Nannestad won my heart with her incredible book, We Are Wolves. In this new historical fiction, she transports us to Russia and into the life of Sasha, a soldier at only six years old, inspired by a real life boy who lost his family and home in WWII and became an adopted…

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Five Minutes with BG Hilton #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | July 8, 2022

Author Ben Hilton (BG Hilton) has written both Science Fiction and Fantasy works, but says he uses the term, Speculative Fiction, because he ‘got bored a long time ago’ with argumentsabout what the difference is between them! He has a collection of images on his laptop of behind-the-scenes photos from horror movies, where you can…

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Five Minutes with HM Waugh #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | June 24, 2022

HM (Heather) Waugh is an author, educator and environmental scientist. Her debut book for middle readers, The Lost Stone of SkyCity, was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, and her YA novel, Evacuation Road is a CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2022 Notable. She has signed a two-book deal with Allen & Unwin for a…

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Five Minutes with Denis Dragovic #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | June 19, 2022

Author Denis Dragovic, has written a vast range of works, including an academic book, chapters within books and journal articles, a literary non-fiction book, as well as a piece in Meanjin; and opinion pieces in newspapers. In all of his writing, he aims to bridge the divide between academics, policy makers and the general public.…

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