Dr Helen Edwards children's author

The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards endorsment by Andrea Rowe, award-winning author of Jetty Jumping
The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards endorsment
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
Sea Lions at Cape Seal Bay Kangaroo Island

Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I'm an Adelaide-based children's author who weaves diverse stories of nature, magic and history.

I'm represented by Golvan Arts Management for my literary works and by Lamont Authors for school bookings.

My debut middle-grade novel, The Rebels of Mount Buffalo, is out now with Riveted Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster.

With a neurodivergent main character and an inspiring real-life mountain guide from the 1890s, it's a captivating time-slip tale in which a girl lost to grief meets a daring rebel on a misty mountain who guides her to rediscover her courage and find her way home.

It was recently longlisted in the DANZ - The Diversity in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Children's Book Award. This award has been created to recognise, award, and celebrate diverse children’s fiction. This means a children’s book published in Australia or New Zealand which 'pushes boundaries, challenges stereotypes, and celebrates diverse and marginalised people and communities.'

You can order your copy from me here and from Riveted Press here . It's also available in many bookshops and libraries. If you can't find it in your local bookshop or library, just ask them to get it in for you!

See more about The Rebels of Mount Buffalo here.

My second novel, Legend of the Lighthouse Moon, will be published on 2nd October 2024 by Riveted Press. It’s a magical historical story for middle-grade, set in an island lighthouse, in which a girl who's lost her way seeks solace in sea lions and uncovers secrets about her family’s past that help shine a light towards her becoming comfortable in her own skin.

I absolutely love this story about 13-year-old Mona McKenna, a girl living in 1970 with type 1 diabetes in an island lighthouse, featuring the stunning backdrop of Kangaroo Island and the gorgeous and endangered sea lions, as well as drawing on the true history of Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. As usual, I'm weaving nature, plenty of magic, and true history to create a very special and diverse story that's full of heart and wonder, inspired by my grandmothers who were both born on islands in the UK, the legends from these regions and my life growing up with type 1 diabetes. With thanks to Arts SA for supporting this project.

Cover reveal, pre-order details, and more info for Legend of The Lighthouse Moon are coming soon!! My third novel, an Australian historical fiction set during WWII is coming in April 2025.

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You can book me to speak at your school, library or event here. I am available for virtual and in-person events and workshops. Find me at Lamont Authors here.

A Little Bit About Me!

I have a PhD in Psychology and before becoming an Australian children's author, I worked in mental health for many years. I've done all sorts of things in my life, including founding an award-winning charity and online counselling service, supporting thousands of people with diabetes across the world. I was even a state finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards for this work!

After completing my PhD in Psychology, I decided to follow my life-long dream to become a children's author and here I am! I'm passionate about inspiring action for our beautiful, fragile planet and nature features in all of my books. I find history fascinating and uncover stories that may have been forgotten, or hidden, and bring them into the light. I also believe that fantastical things can happen and see magic in the everyday.

More about me here.

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x Helen

Latest From My Blog

Sometimes You Have to Skate Backwards

By Helen Edwards | April 9, 2014

  Did you used to skate? I was a big roller skater for a time and an occasional ice skater when we would visit the “big smoke” from our little country town. I loved the feeling of freedom. It felt just like flying, when skating down the road. Going backwards was one of the best…

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Fear, Anxiety & Feeling Trapped: The Train To Freedom

By Helen Edwards | March 26, 2014

Happiness is a place all of us strive for, yet sadness and a range of uncomfortable emotions are part of life. In fact we must experience these, in order to have happiness. To me, a sense of freedom and control are vital to my own happiness. I think growing up with type 1 diabetes, a…

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Make Sure You Run In The Rain Sometimes

By Helen Edwards | March 12, 2014

  Sometimes, I have so much going on inside me that I feel like I could burst. Thoughts, feelings, dreams, ideas, all jumbled and tumbled inside my head. They well up inside my heart and spill out through my eyes in salty tears. I am just an ordinary girl but I have dreams. Many dreams.…

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My Vintage Home, The RedAgape Vintage Styled Guesthouse

By Helen Edwards | February 24, 2014

Amanda and her husband enjoyed a magical weekend away in Millthorpe almost two years ago.  They saw a little cottage for sale with a red door. They rang the real estate agent on the spot to see if there was any chance of seeing inside. As luck would have it he met them 15 mins…

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Instant Karma Roses & Fairtrade Flowers, do you know where your roses are coming from this Valentine’s Day?

By Helen Edwards | January 24, 2014

Instant Karma Roses is owned and operated by husband and wife team Jennifer Chaput and Ric Webster. They are the first and only registered licensee of Fairtrade Certified flowers in Australia, established in 2011. They distribute Fairtrade flowers during holidays and events to like minded clients (organic grocers, coffee shops, etc.) within the Melbourne metro…

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Bronnie Masefau on training kids & giving them a tool kit

By Helen Edwards | January 16, 2014

A Designing Mums post today from Bronnie Masefau, a working mum, designer, business owner and best selling author. Her design portfolio includes projects both locally, throughout Australia, as well as internationally. Bronnie identifies as more of a homemaker rather than an interior designer. I have all of her books, “Australian Vintage Living, putting the heart back into home”…

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That is enough, saying no & doing the big things

By Helen Edwards | January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Christmas Rewind 7, October Post, Saying No & doing the big things I get a lot of opportunities to travel in my work and PhD study and have done a lot of it over the past 10 years. Some has been to far flung places like South Africa (which was the best…

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My Vintage Christmas Table

By Helen Edwards | December 30, 2013

How are you all after the Christmas festivities? I had a wonderful time making my Vintage Christmas Table this year, using China, Glass, Tablecloths and trimmings full of memories and the past – some from my Mother In Law no longer with us; some from my 99 year old Grandma; my two dear friends no…

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And now you are gone, in memory of Denice

By Helen Edwards | December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas! Christmas Rewind 2 – for those who are missing loved ones today, here is my May post rewind, in memory of all those we have loved and lost Helen xx And now you are gone. You didn’t mention your pain, like always, the gracious friend not looking inwards, just out to others like…

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1st Place Winner
Individual Project Grant 2023
Individual Project Grant 2023
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Recipient Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grant 2021
Recipient Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grant 2021