Kelly Bristow


I am a qualified Occupational therapist with a wealth of experience working with mental illness and traumatic brain injury. I work as a case manager and expert witness in my professional time.

My passion for writing began as a small child, where I would share my news with family and friends. I love to write stories and share tips and help with different health conditions and disabilities. I use mindfulness and compassion focused therapy in my role, complimenting this with recommendations for alternative healing modalities to empower and increase health and well being.

My writing covers many psychological topics, including behavioural challenges and strategies to reduce anxiety and agitation to restore equilibrium. The latest novel I have is called the Dark Knight of the Soul, a story that follows one woman's quest to escape from the clutches of her unstable husband.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read from my Ipad, my phone, computer, basically anywhere. I do love to hold a book in my hands, but as technology has become so advanced, the digital era of books has now arrived. You will often catch me engrossed in reading something or writing a paragraph on my phone, ready to send to my email.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Coventry City, where I spent my childhood. I lived on a council estate and enjoyed many adventures, climbing trees for apples or walking to the rocks on the outskirts of the city.
When I was five years old, my grandfather was sick in hospital, he was in a nursing home and greeted me in a wheelchair, I was most outraged that my grandfather had lost his ability to walk and told the nursing staff off! When I returned home, I immediately set out to write me newspaper, headlining my week, my grandmother kept this piece of creativity and I can only guess that she treasured it, because when she dies, the piece of news that I wrote and folded like a newspaper, it was handed back to me. I was extremely emotional as I nursed my grandmother in her last years, when I was handed this piece of my childhood, I was touched.
Mt Grandmother kept this piece of childhood memorabilia, when I wrote my first novel at 19, my Gran was the one cheering me on, to keep writing. It wasn't until after her death that I realised how much she truly believed in me.
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The Dark Knight of the Soul
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,630. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dysfunctional relationships
A psychological thriller, that explores the sub conscious dream world and how it affects wellbeing. The story is a dark romance that explores the journey from the perspective of a woman, suffering with PTSD and anxiety.
The Oracle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2017. Categories: Poetry » African Poetry, Plays » Women Authors
The Oracle is a short story that offers an overview of Jenny's fate, written in poetic rhyme!
The Dragon and the Beast
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,910. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Psychology » Personality
The facts regarding Narcissistic personality disorder and the correlating diagnoses applied to victims, including complex PTSD. Trauma bonding and trauma related injuries can have a devastating impact on victims of violence, further impairing their quality of life and well-being. This book is a factual account of the two disorders, including the psychological components.
Mindfulness for Anxiety and Stress
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,640. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Work-related health
In society today, everything and everyone is on go faster mode, when under stress we rarely take time to smell the roses or observe the joys of nature. The book is designed to help you to stop racing ahead with the clock of time and to teach you to look deeper at the situation, using mindfulness to enable the person to have control over their emotions. Colouring pages also included.