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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Five Minutes with Judith Michael #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | November 16, 2021

For author Judith Michael, writing is total immersion, especially if the genre is exciting. Of all the books she’s read and loved, it’s the speculative elements that are the most compelling to her. She loves the truly magical. ‘The ‘what ifs’ and the ‘just supposings’… the way the brain ignites with unforeseen ideas. I don’t…

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The Forevability Book Awards 2021

By Helen Edwards | November 12, 2021

Have you written a book for children with a theme around disability, mental health, neurodiversity or chronic illness? Have a main character in your published book who lives with a mental or physical health condition or who is neurodiverse? Are you an author of an #ownvoices story who lives with a chronic condition, disability, or…

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Five Minutes with Karen Ginnane #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | November 9, 2021

Author Karen Ginnane writes historical fantasy that straddles young adult and middle-grade – that age when children are quickly becoming aware of themselves and the wider world. ‘I clearly remember the intensity of this age and how books were almost visceral experiences – so many ideas are encountered for the first time. This is an…

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

By Helen Edwards | October 28, 2021

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. I still have many of the books I loved most, sitting on my shelves today. I often had my head in a book and would walk around the house…

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5 Minutes with Kevin Klehr #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | October 27, 2021

Author Kevin Klehr writes across a broad range of themes and genres, but says he recently realised that all of his books feature relationship issues. He draws on his own 31-year relationship, to create his fictional stories, and says Urban Fantasy and Magic Realism are the best ways to describe most of his work. Kevin…

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Five Minutes with Robyn Bavati #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | October 14, 2021

Robyn Bavati writes fiction primarily for readers aged 12-15. She says there are probably three reasons for why she chooses to write for this age group. The first is that she remembers herself at age 12, 13, and 14, and at that time (in the early 70’s) there was no such thing as YA fiction,…

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Five Minutes with Felicity Banks #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | September 23, 2021

Author Felicity Banks says that almost everything she write involves magic, because she gets bored otherwise (or disturbed, if she writes crime or horror). ‘I also write steampunk, because a friend of mine did cool stuff like steampunking a teddy bear and I was slowly drawn into the whole scene. Now I own five corsets.…

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5 Ways To Care For Indoor Plants

By Helen Edwards | September 8, 2021

Whether you have recently discovered a passion for potted plants in your home, or like me, have always been a lover of the indoor plant, there are some simple tips that can help keep them healthy and alive. So many people tell me they struggle to keep potted plants happy! Often there are basic things…

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Five Minutes with Nadia King #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 27, 2021

Nadia King says she tends to write about things that upset her. She sometimes writes because she wants to see if she can make herself and her readers uncomfortable and enjoys writing about fascinating historical events. Her first book, a young adult novella titled Jenna’s Truth, was written when she learned about the death of…

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