Helen Hayward is a freelance writer and editor with a background in magazines, psychotherapy, publishing and higher education. Until May 2012 she was editor of Tasmanian Style magazine, a lifestyle publication for which she wrote over 30 stories. She has a PhD in psychology and literature from The University of London. Her first book was, Never Marry a Girl With a Dead Father, published in the UK. She has a particular interest in family life, emotional wellbeing, the domestic arts, and social issues. Her journalism has appeared in Fiction Magazine (UK), The Age, Inside Story, Tasmanian Life, Online Forum, 40 Degrees South, and Aeon Magazine. She is currently writing A Traditional Mother Despite Myself, a reflection of 15 years of family life, while also being involved in an editing project with the University of Tasmania, and a series of talks with Fullers Bookshop. Currently living in Hobart, she has lived in Adelaide, London and Melbourne.