Kelly Martin


Kelly Martin is a passionate and unconventional metaphysical thinker and writer who has been questioning reality since 1999. Writing on her blog Kelly Martin Speaks and speaking on YouTube she traces her journey from shyness to greater confidence.

Kelly has explored many different paths from Reiki healing, Shamanism to Buddhism and now embraces a primarily mindful journey. After what felt like a decade of severe anxiety she took up mindfulness meditation and began to notice how much compassion and kindness lay in simply being with who she was, in that moment. Through practising mindfulness she began to emerge from a story of failure and fear to empowerment and greater confidence.

She wants to encourage people to find the treasures that lie within the pain and suffering and to learn to see themselves as 'enough' exactly as they are, right now.

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in North East England, she now lives in Gloucestershire with her best friend Mike and the occasional visiting cat. She likes nothing better than sitting in a café drinking coffee, writing and people watching. Prior to metaphysics she majored in Environmental Studies at University and in many ways her love of the natural world has carried over into the love of nature as a great guide in her life.

You can see more of her work at:, and her guest posts at

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read and get lost in fiction. I am quite a fan of teenage fiction, especially the Hunger Games and Divergent series. My other joy is simply walking in nature, seeing new places and people watching in cafes. I adore the scent of freshly brewed coffee and the ideas that come into my mind as I gaze out of windows. I am also partial to stroking our visiting cat and playing chase under the sofa, this along with talking to bugs and bees I can be quite quirky and some would say slightly odd (smile). I am quite a sensual person and dining out and eating food is such a pleasure to me and dancing around my living room to get my energy moving. I need my solitude and I am quite introspective and introverted in nature, but I strike this balance by enjoying the occasional social activity that involves food, wine and good times.
What is your writing process?
Coffee.... window seat... cafe, a good old fashioned black ink pen and lined notebook. I love the keyboard and writing but I am an old fashioned gal in that I like to write with my hand holding a pen bringing writing into a full mind/body experience.
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When Everyone Shines
After a lifetime of anxiety and depression, British author Kelly Martin, frustrated by the positive thinking circles, needed answers, needed help. She no longer wanted to feel invisible, feel like a failure, feel depressed or anxious about who she was and she didn't want anyone else to feel that way either. So one day, after intense bouts of stress, sadness and envy she asked her soul what she needed to know. 'When Everyone Shines But You', the first book in the series was born and became a healing light in a very dark cave. 'The Shine Series' takes the reader on a journey through envy, rage, sadness and frustration into self-acceptance, mindfulness and self-love. As you journey through the series you begin to believe in who you are and your value and worth. Martin also takes the readers, when they are ready, into the next stage in personal growth by journeying with them into the bright stage of shining for the first time. Shining can be scary for those who have felt not good enough and invisible most of their lives, and the steps into being seen and heard need tenderness, care and support. A series of books for the reader who needs help to shine.


When Everyone Shines Including You
Series: When Everyone Shines. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,890. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Hiding is no longer an option. Being seen, being heard and sharing your light with the world is calling you. Are you ready to take the leap into the great unknown, to leave the stories of the past behind, and shine? It's scary to be seen for the first time, but 'When Everyone Shines INCLUDING You' helps you awaken to your own worth and helps you show the world who you came here to be.
When Everyone Shines But You
Series: When Everyone Shines. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 37,700. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
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Is this it? Why does life seem so unfair? It's easy to see others living our dreams. It's easy to feel held back, misunderstood and invisible. But there comes a time in our lives when we just can't take this anymore. This is when we need answers and confirmation that who we think we are can change. 'When Everyone Shines But You' brings a down-to-earth approach to self-empowerment.

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