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,


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Five Real Homes Interior Trends to Embrace

By Helen Edwards | September 1, 2020

I’m not a believer in trends – insofar as following what’s thrown at you like a sheep. Trends tend to push you to consume, throw away, and consume again – on endless repeat. Many furniture and homeware items are left strewn across the footpaths or dumped in landfills when they break, or are no longer…

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Parts Of The Whole

By Helen Edwards | August 18, 2020

I’ve been less present on social media and the blog lately, partly as a way of protecting myself, and, partly because I’ve been working hard across July on my YA novel, Sailing The Spaces In Between, which has been submitted to the Hardie Grant Ampersand Prize. Now, I await to see if I make the…

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What Makes a Home Sustainable?

By Helen Edwards | August 13, 2020

Simon Clark from Sustainable Homes Melbourne, has been building homes for more than 15 years, and before that, watching his Dad build them. He started ‘helping’ his dad build homes when he was about 7 or 8 years old, and from about 14 years old, he began working with him most weekends. ‘I became a…

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I Remember The Days

By Helen Edwards | August 6, 2020

I remember the days Where we piled the car Sky-high Fuller than full Boots in the backseat Jackets strewn across bags For forest walks And mountain climbs Bathers packed Despite it being July Just in case… The boys waking early Packing their ‘carry on bags’ Full of books and lego and Possibilities… Raucous games Counting…

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Writer Wellbeing: Veronica Strachan

By Helen Edwards | July 20, 2020

Veronica Strachan lives in Gisborne, at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges. She writes as Veronica Strachan, and as V.E. Patton, for her fantasy and scifi books. She began writing as a child, stopped in high school, and re-started at age 56. She is sharing her journey as a writer and some of her tips…

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Kaleidoscopes and Rainbows

By Helen Edwards | July 6, 2020

Sami says, ‘Good morning and Happy Monday😍 No matter what you’re facing today, remember to love someone, sniff them, sit on them, look them deeply in the eyes, always keep talking, tell them your fears, snuggle lots.’ Our beautiful rescue girl has had gut issues and high reactive anxiety on lead since we got her in…

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1st Place Winner