Legend of the Lighthouse Moon by Dr Helen Edwards
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 next middle-grade novel - Legend of the Lighthouse Moon - is coming in November 2024 with the fabulous Riveted Press

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, blurb, pre-order details, and more details for Legend of The Lighthouse Moon are coming soon!! Sign up to the newsletter to keep up to date with details on release dates, pre-orders and events.

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.

Sign up to The Story Weaver for all the latest details about my own books, book reviews and recommendations, and more. More info about bookings for author talks and workshops available here.

x Helen

Latest From My Blog

McBride Charles Ryan Architects, Unique Cloud House

By Helen Edwards | August 6, 2013

McBride CharlesRyan (MCR) are an Architect company who work from the basic premise of providing exceptional design for their clients. They work hard to find new ways to solve problems in design and to come up with unique ideas. MCR takes a very hands-on approach to its projects with the philosophy that each person is…

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Annesley House Portland holiday accommodation

By Helen Edwards | August 4, 2013

When we went on our roadtrip to Decoration and Design a few weeks back, we stayed in some fantastic places along the way. The first night was the amazing Annesley House in Portland. This 1878 2 storey building was originally a doctor’s surgery and private residence which was converted to a guest house in the early…

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Duncan Meerding, working from his heart

By Helen Edwards | July 26, 2013

This afternoon I am chatting with a truly amazing young man, Duncan Meerding. I saw his work at Decoration and Design and now have the pleasure of sharing it with you. I showed a snippet in my wrap up here. Duncan says that he is inspired by nature and living. Much of his work is…

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Decoration and Design Melbourne, Wrap Up

By Helen Edwards | July 24, 2013

I was so lucky to get the time to attend Design and Decoration last week and to be able to go on a lovely road trip with my family to do it!  Melbourne put on 25 degrees to gale force winds, driving rain, thunder and snow during the event! First up I have to say…

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Wellbeing Wednesday, talking about Mindfulness

By Helen Edwards | July 24, 2013

Being comfortable and relaxed in our homes is very important and we Aussies tend to see our homes as our sanctuary, a place to relax and unwind. Learning things like relaxation and mindfulness practices can help us to enjoy not just our downtime, but can make us more productive.  Mindfulness is an important skill that…

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Greg Aubert restoring beautiful pieces for modern homes

By Helen Edwards | July 15, 2013

Greg Aubert says that from his earliest memories of childhood to now, he has always been surrounded with craft, building, carpentry and doing creative things. His parents moved from Coogee in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs to the Hunter Valley when he was just seven years old and started an Arts and Crafts shop where he spent…

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David Trubridge’s Manuka wins best light

By Helen Edwards | July 12, 2013

Dwell on Design is one of America’s most prominent design events. The wonderful David Trubridge who featured on the blog recently has just told me that their attendance at this prestigious fair was heralded by an unexpected win; their Manuka Light took out the Best Lighting category! This contemporary chandelier received great interest from the…

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Sala Verde, traditional methods for contemporary interiors

By Helen Edwards | July 12, 2013

Nikki Lisle, dreamt up and started Sala Verde three or four years ago when she was looking for an escape route out of the corporate rat race she was working in. Nikki studied interior design part time and things turned a corner from there. She decided to combine her interests in design, travel, anthropology, the environment, healthy…

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Decoration and Design road trips!

By Helen Edwards | July 11, 2013

It is my birthday on Saturday (yes I am a typical home loving, home obsessed Cancerian hence my interiors passion :-)) and for my present I decided I was going to Decoration and Design in Melbourne to see what is on offer and share it on the blog. When my husband found out he of…

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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