Introducing Ted Kelly, our debut Children's Author of 'I have a Superpower'. Ted has a huge passion to help others especially those who struggle with anxiety.
Ted (otherwise known as Kelly Gelder) has worked in education settings/schools for over 20 years. She is now a Counsellor and Therapeutic Advisor for both children and adults. Her dream was to be able to reach as many people as she could to help and teach others about anxiety. Empowering others to understand their own emotions and reassuring others that they are not alone.
What inspired you to start writing?
TK: My passion for educating people especially children about mental health specialising in anxiety and promoting emotional wellbeing.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
TK: My personal experience managing my own anxieties along with my daughters and equally the clients that I work with.
What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
TK: Trust in yourself and follow your heart. Your brain/mind will often try and convince you of doubt. Your creativity needs an outlet!
What book is currently on your bedside table?
TK: Well I have two at the moment. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and MetaHuman by Deepak Chopra.
TK: My son. He has a condition called muscular dystrophy. The struggle he faces each day could be overwhelming for him but he has always managed his condition with such grace and positivity, he inspires me to be just like him, happy, determined, funny and compassionate.
If you could choose three people to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?
TK: Sadh guru, Eckhart Tole, Deepak Chopra. We could talk about life, spirituality and and what lies beyond.
What’s your favourite food?
TK: Sunday dinners. No, Christmas dinner…the full works.
What is the best part of your day?
TK: Mornings. When I’m exercising…I feel free!
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
TK: There's not much I don’t think because I’m quite an open book. Probably that I don’t drink caffeine at all, 8 years now. Oh and I was World Disco Champion when I was 5 years old.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? By whom?
TK: “Be kind to yourself”- This was from an old work friend. She said this to me when I was facing a challenging time.
“There’s plenty of time, don’t rush through life, enjoy all of it.” (My Nanna said this to me when I was in my 20’s, I’ve always loved life and wanted to make the most out of it. Patience is still something I’m working on).
What’s your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?
TK: Meditation, watching the TV with the family, checking social media or reading.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
TK: Really only have one…Alcohol. I love a gin and tonic.
What’s your favourite animated film?
TK: Finding Nemo
What trend do you hope makes a comeback?
TK: Not one for looking back so I’ll go with hugging people again.
What are you really bad at?
TK: Patience. Maths.