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,


Five Tips on Using Books to Support Your Children’s Wellbeing

By Helen Edwards | June 25, 2020

Were you read to as a child? Do you have favourite books from childhood? I was lucky to have parents who read to me from birth and I still have many of the books I loved, sitting on my shelf today. I was a book addict and most often had my head in a book.…

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ideas for decorating your home with vintage

What’s Your Vintage?

By Helen Edwards | June 24, 2020

There is so much stuff in the world. Many people feel the draw to declutter and remove items from their lives, and yet, we carry on consuming. Buying items that already exist, that have already had a life, is one of the best things you can do for the planet and your pocket. There is…

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House Tour, Gina’s Vintage Home Full of Love

By Helen Edwards | June 22, 2020

Do you enjoy a peek at other people’s homes? We love settling down to a good reno show, getting ideas for our own 1948 home, which is a 100 year project according to my hubby! House tours are something I know lots of our readers enjoy, so I am bringing them back to the blog!…

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tips on social media for writers and authors

7 Tips on Improving Social Media For Authors and Writers

By Helen Edwards | June 21, 2020

As an author or writer, do you cringe at the idea of creating a blog, building a newsletter list or connecting with your community via social media? You are not alone! It is easy to think that because you are good with words, social media will come easy. But this can be far from reality,…

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How To Make An Upcycled BBQ Fire Pit

By Helen Edwards | June 18, 2020

The weather has definitely turned to winter across most of Australia. It has been very cold and very wet in Adelaide. It makes you think of warm rugs, soaking hot baths and fires! Do you have an outdoor area you would love to warm with a fire pit? They can be brilliant for toasting marshmallows,…

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How To Create a Birdcage Succulent Garden

By Helen Edwards | June 6, 2020

In 2020, the world is turbulent, overwhelming and hard. It is also connected in real time, allowing you to see, hear and feel, everything that happens out there, in excruicatingly painful detail…There are so many reasons to crawl into a corner and stay away from everything right now. I know I have been finding it…

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