Helen Edwards

Helen EdwardsHelen Edwards is an author of children’s and young adult fiction, and non-fiction for adults. The research for her Psychology PhD thesis was about supporting pregnancy for women with type 1 diabetes. She is an award-winning health and sustainability writer and advocate, and has been blogging since 2001, after founding an online counselling service for people with diabetes, which she ran for 16 years. There are over 140,000 people following her on social media where her platforms are all about inspiring action for people and planet, with kindness and hope. In particular, focusing on our children's future. She has won a number of awards for her work, including being a South Australian State Finalist for Australian of the Year and Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2016; the bronze award winner for Sustainability in the 2018 AusMumpreneur awards; and the winner of the ZestFest short story competition in Adelaide in 2018.

As a freelance writer, she has written for numerous print and digital magazines, journals, blogs and websites. She is also an experienced speaker. With her background in health, mental health and sustainability, she is able to speak across a range of topics, to a variety of audiences, including schools, community groups, workplaces and conferences.

Helen is currently working on her debut middle-grade novel, The Heart of Scorpius, and her memoir. The Heart of Scorpius is a contemporary Aussie family drama, set in Coonabarabran, against the backdrop of the beautiful Warrumbungle mountains, during the worst drought in 100 years. It shares the story of 13-year-old Issy, as she deals with anxiety, bullying, friendship, compassion, holding onto hope, and learning to love all of the parts of herself. Her memoir shares her journey living with diabetes and other chronic physical and mental health conditions over the past 40 years.

Helen lives in Adelaide with her extended family, and 2 very loved cats. When not writing or reading, she enjoys watching quality drama, comedy and nature programs, listening to music, walking in nature, hugging trees, being near the ocean, in forests, or on top of mountains, taking road trips with her family, and caring for her many potted plants. She is happiest when in nature.

You can find Helen’s blog, services, current works and more at her website https://www.helenedwardswrites.com/