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Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I'm an Australian author of books for children and young adults, represented by Golvan Arts Management.

I weave nature, magic and history together, writing #BigHeartedStories

My debut middle-grade novel - an Australian historical fiction time-slip adventure, set at Mt Buffalo, inspired by and featuring Guide Alice Manfield, will be published in 2023, by Riveted Press!

I have a PhD in Psychology and worked in mental health for many years. 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. I'm also a freelance writer and I am available for author talks and workshops - more here.

I've had type 1 diabetes since 1979 and live with anxiety and ADHD.  I 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.

I'm passionate about inspiring action for our planet and nature features in all of my stories.

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

x Helen

Latest From My Blog

Publishing News!

By Helen Edwards | September 8, 2022

As I write this, the door propped open, birds singing in spring rain, I am filled with joy and excitement to announce that my debut middle-grade novel – an Australian historical fiction time-slip adventure, set at Mt Buffalo, inspired by and featuring Guide Alice Manfield – will be published by Riveted Press/Yellow Brick Books, in…

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Every Thing We Keep by Di Walker

By Helen Edwards | September 5, 2022

How do you leave a family behind? Trailing her orange suitcase and a heart full of worry, thirteen-year-old Agatha is about to go home. She has been in and out of foster care for years, but her latest new life, lived with naval precision with Katherine, Lawson and their dog, Chief, has proved to be…

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Five Minutes with Julie Murphy #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | September 2, 2022

Julie Murphy writes about animals in her work, because she loves them. As a shy child, she says she felt more comfortable around animals than people, but ironically, she grew up in Housing Commission flats in Melbourne, where she wasn’t allowed to have cats or dogs. She did have a pet budgie called Pierre. The…

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Seven Tips For Writers to Improve Your Social Media

By Helen Edwards | August 31, 2022

We all know social media can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to our personal and our professional lives. I can’t count the number of times, I’ve seen conversations online, about which platform is your ‘favourite’ and which ones you would like to ditch. But whether you love or hate it, social…

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The Boy Who Tried To Shrink His Name by Sandhya Parappukkaran & Michelle Pereira

By Helen Edwards | August 29, 2022

When Zimdalamashkermishkada starts a new school, he knows he’s got to do something about his long name. ​When no amount of shrinking, folding or crumpling works, he simply settles for Zim – but deep down, it doesn’t feel right. It’s not until a new friend sees him for who he truly is that Zimdalamashkermishkada finds…

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Five Minutes with Gillian Polack #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 26, 2022

Gillian Polack was born and brought up in Melbourne. She hasn’t lived there since she was 21, but still feels as if Melbourne is home, saying she’s from Melbourne and returns there whenever she can. When it comes to her writing, she says the ‘small things of everyone’s lives,’ were always going to be part…

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Ten Tips on Writing & Publishing

By Helen Edwards | August 25, 2022

I have had a lot of people asking me lately about how to begin writing a story. In particular, a number of readers have asked me about sharing parts of their own history. So, I thought I would share some tips from my personal experience. I began writing stories when I was just a little…

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The Crimson Thread by Kate Forsyth

By Helen Edwards | August 21, 2022

Dr Kate Forsyth is an award-winning author, poet, and storyteller, and one of Australia’s favourite writers. She has a Doctorate of Creative Arts in fairy tale studies, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers. She has taught writing retreats in Australia, Fiji, Greece, and the United Kingdom, and often appears at…

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Five Minutes with Catherine Rull #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 19, 2022

Catherine Rull writes humour into all of her books, regardless of the genre: women’s fiction, contemporary romantic comedies, paranormal romance and young adult. She says she has always enjoyed clever banter, and appreciated imperfect characters. ‘I love writing series, because I love following the lives of my characters beyond one book.’ Catherine reads for fun,…

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