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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 young adults, 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!

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 speaker. I am available to speak to schools, at literary events and community gatherings, book shops, libraries and more, on a range of topics. Find my writing and speaking services here.

I 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 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, 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 books.

I look forward to sharing stories with you, because they really can change the world.

x Helen

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Latest From My Blog

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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Whalesong by Kate Gordon

By Helen Edwards | September 12, 2022

“There is no now and no then, only in between and always. Open the box. Come and see.” CBCA Award-winning author Kate Gordon, is one of my favourite authors. Everything I have read of hers, I have loved – for her beautiful, lyrical prose, and for her insight into human beings, our mental health and…

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Publishing News!

By Helen Edwards | September 8, 2022

As I write this, the door propped open, birds singing in spring rain, I am filled with joy and excitement to announce that 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 by Riveted Press/Yellow Brick Books, in…

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Every Thing We Keep by Di Walker

By Helen Edwards | September 5, 2022

How do you leave a family behind? Trailing her orange suitcase and a heart full of worry, thirteen-year-old Agatha is about to go home. She has been in and out of foster care for years, but her latest new life, lived with naval precision with Katherine, Lawson and their dog, Chief, has proved to be…

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Five Minutes with Julie Murphy #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | September 2, 2022

Julie Murphy writes about animals in her work, because she loves them. As a shy child, she says she felt more comfortable around animals than people, but ironically, she grew up in Housing Commission flats in Melbourne, where she wasn’t allowed to have cats or dogs. She did have a pet budgie called Pierre. The…

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Seven Tips For Writers to Improve Your Social Media

By Helen Edwards | August 31, 2022

We all know social media can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to our personal and our professional lives. I can’t count the number of times, I’ve seen conversations online, about which platform is your ‘favourite’ and which ones you would like to ditch. But whether you love or hate it, social…

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The Boy Who Tried To Shrink His Name by Sandhya Parappukkaran & Michelle Pereira

By Helen Edwards | August 29, 2022

When Zimdalamashkermishkada starts a new school, he knows he’s got to do something about his long name. ​When no amount of shrinking, folding or crumpling works, he simply settles for Zim – but deep down, it doesn’t feel right. It’s not until a new friend sees him for who he truly is that Zimdalamashkermishkada finds…

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