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Welcome! I'm an Australian children's author writing diverse stories of nature, magic and history. I am represented by Golvan Arts Management 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, feature other Australian authors, and share my own books and writing. I am available for author talks and workshops. I am also a freelance writer and social media manager and you can see more here. Shop at my little Books, Tea and Vintage shop 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 encouraging people to understand how important nature is to all of us. Animals and the environment feature 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 Books, Tea & Vintage Shop

Latest From My Blog

Five Minutes with Gillian Polack #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 26, 2022

Gillian Polack was born and brought up in Melbourne. She hasn’t lived there since she was 21, but still feels as if Melbourne is home, saying she’s from Melbourne and returns there whenever she can. When it comes to her writing, she says the ‘small things of everyone’s lives,’ were always going to be part…

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Ten Tips on Writing & Publishing

By Helen Edwards | August 25, 2022

I have had a lot of people asking me lately about how to begin writing a story. In particular, a number of readers have asked me about sharing parts of their own history. So, I thought I would share some tips from my personal experience. I began writing stories when I was just a little…

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The Crimson Thread by Kate Forsyth

By Helen Edwards | August 21, 2022

Dr Kate Forsyth is an award-winning author, poet, and storyteller, and one of Australia’s favourite writers. She has a Doctorate of Creative Arts in fairy tale studies, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers. She has taught writing retreats in Australia, Fiji, Greece, and the United Kingdom, and often appears at…

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Five Minutes with Catherine Rull #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 19, 2022

Catherine Rull writes humour into all of her books, regardless of the genre: women’s fiction, contemporary romantic comedies, paranormal romance and young adult. She says she has always enjoyed clever banter, and appreciated imperfect characters. ‘I love writing series, because I love following the lives of my characters beyond one book.’ Catherine reads for fun,…

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how to upcycle an old lampshade using vintage music sheets, maps and books

How to Upcycle a Lampshade with Vintage Sheet Music or Maps

By Helen Edwards | August 17, 2022

Creating something yourself for your home, especially when you bring an old object back to life, is incredibly satisfying. It’s also good for the planet. Anything you prevent ending up in landfills through reuse, recycling and reinventing, is a triumph. This project takes old music sheets or maps and uses them to upcycle boring lampshades. …

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Our Dreaming by Kirli Saunders & Dub Leffler

By Helen Edwards | August 15, 2022

Goodjagah, little one, walk with me … I want to tell you our Dreaming as the Elders told it to me. Our Dreaming is a beautiful and uplifting picture book, by award-winning storytellers, Gunai woman Kirli Saunders and Bigambul man Dub Leffler. It explores a deep love and respect for Country and all her spirits…past,…

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Five Minutes with Donna van Loenen #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 12, 2022

Donna van Loenen says she writes only when she is inspired do so. She has more unfinished stories than finished ones, but finds writing groups bring out the best in her, due to the deadlines, and the inspiration to flesh out an idea for a storyline to share in group. In her non-fiction writing, which…

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Gus and The Starlight by Victoria Carless

By Helen Edwards | August 8, 2022

Have you ever wanted to live in a movie theatre? Or, if you’re old enough to remember, even a drive-in? I am old enough to remember the magic of the drive-in; watching a story unfold on the screen against the backdrop of the stars, snuggled safely inside your car, or sitting out under a blanket,…

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Five Minutes with Anna Featherstone #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 5, 2022

Anna Featherstone writes about things that make her ‘happy, curious, furious and tingly’. She says she likes to dive in and research information, because it helps her clarify things in her own mind and make sense of the world. She also says that it’s a challenge and it’s fun and it’s more comfortable than running…

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