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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

The Goodbye Year, by Emily Gale

By Helen Edwards | December 8, 2022

Emily Gale is one of my favourite authors and I shared my review here about the fabulous historical fiction time-slip, Elsewhere Girls, co-written with Emily’s good friend and one of my other favourites, Nova Weetman. Emily’s latest novel for ages 10+ is the first book I have read that includes the Covid-19 experience, and Emily…

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Author & Speaker/Workshop Bookings for 2023

By Helen Edwards | November 30, 2022

I cannot believe it is almost the end of 2022. Things always seem to begin to move very quickly once we get to October. I have been busy with my head buried in my debut manuscript, working on edits for my publisher, and have just sent it to her, so I am up for air!…

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Five Minutes with Benjamin Ryan #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | November 18, 2022

Benjamin Ryan writes ‘all things fantasy,’ and says that he has been nurtured by the genre since he was very young. He was given many fantasy books to read by his mum and aunties, and so, the genre he loves the most, became the genre he wanted to write. He is fascinated by the intricacies…

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Heroes, Rebels and Innovators, by Karen Wyld & Jaelyn Biumaiwai

By Helen Edwards | November 11, 2022

This Children’s Book Council 2022 Honours winner, Heroes, Rebels and Innovators, by Karen Wyld and illustrated by Jaelyn Biumaiwai, shares seven inspiring stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from history. Author Karen Wyld, a writer of Martu descent, and illustrator Jaelyn Biumaiwai, of Mununjali and Fijian descent, have created a beautiful book, that…

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The Amazing Pigeons of WWII

By Helen Edwards | October 31, 2022

My current work, an historical fiction WWII drama, set at the time of the Darwin bombings and moving to Lake Boga and the top secret Flying Boat base, has two main characters – one is a 13 yr old girl called Ava. The other is her young homing Pigeon called Essie, who plays a very…

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Visiting Mt Buffalo and The Chalet

By Helen Edwards | October 17, 2022

Research is at the centre of all good stories, whether they are fact or fiction. Even the most fantastical tale must be believable, within the context of the story and characters. Research can of course be undertaken via books and online resources, at libraries, museums and historical sites, through interviews and other media and via…

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Five Minutes with Elise Carlson #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | September 26, 2022

Elise Carlson says they include a number of common themes in their writing, including grief, because, they find it cathartic. ‘I hope my writing shines a light on readers’ own experiences with grief and that the stories are relatable.’ Elise wants to ensure there is more nonbinary representation in books, because, they say, there are…

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The Magic of Mountains

By Helen Edwards | September 20, 2022

I was thinking recently, about why mountains often seem to feature in my stories. Mountains have always been magical to me. As a small girl, living in Port Augusta, South Australia, camping in the purple-blue mountains of the Flinders Ranges was a regular part of our lives. Later, we moved to the very flat wheat-coloured…

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Five Minutes with Rebecca Fung #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | September 16, 2022

Rebecca Fung writes mostly children’s fiction, including illustrated chapter books and middle-grade. She also writes speculative fiction short stories across genres, including horror, fantasy and science fiction. Like many writers, she is open to all sorts of themes and topics. She has a number of ideas for young adult stories and would love to write…

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