Kelli Jae Baeli

Biography

Bestselling author Kelli Jae Baeli began writing as a child, exploring poetry and journaling, and eventually moving on to short stories. After a romantic fling in the military with another female soldier, she decided to write a book based on the experience. The story that evolved took on a life of its own, but it became her first novel, As You Were. This was followed quickly by Armchair Detective, a book she said she wrote because she couldn’t find other lesbian fiction she liked at the time, and so wanted to write something she would want to read. She's been doing that ever since.

Believing in mastering every aspect of the business, she is also an editor, webmaster and blogger, all after eight years of University, to include pursuing a B.A. in Professional Writing & Editing. Formerly a managing editor for two small presses, and a freelance editor since 1995, Baeli has also done book cover design, typography, and formatting since 1998.

Creativity comes as easily as breathing to Baeli. Living a life around words, books, art, and music not only fulfills her, but defines her. An independent publisher, she has authored and produced 37 books, both non-fiction and fiction, in a variety of genres.

Constantly mining the world around her for literary tidbits, Baeli is always to be found with iPhone in hand, recording or thumbing in notes, a self-confessed story magpie who sees everywhere the fodder for her work. She is a talented singer-songwriter with over 200 songs to her credit, and loves pottery and clay sculpture, as well. A canny mix of business woman and artist, Kelli Jae Baeli is delighted to spend each and every day relentlessly feeding her muse.

Formerly a managing editor for two small presses, and a freelance editor since 1995, she blogs on a regular basis, founded Kindred Ink Writers Initiative, Kind Red Ink Editing, and has currently co-founded Lesbian Literati Press and Sapphica Books.net with her partner, fellow author Kate Genet. Baeli migrated from Colorado to New Zealand, where they currently make their home.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I just blogged this pretty thoroughly. http://jaebaeli.com/blog/2013/12/20/hybridmethodology/
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like having creative and technical control over my work--I hate most cover art, for example, that publishers use, and it makes me very uncomfortable to end up with a cover that's not to my liking; I like making 80% royalties instead of, say, 15%. I guess I don't like anyone else telling me what to write, how to write it. I write what I feel needs to be written, or I am interested in or enjoy, so having some entity controlling these things is a repugnant idea to me. It's also too hard to get work published with major houses, and the process becomes prohibitively expensive--and I don't feel it makes sense to let work languish in a drawer, gathering dust, when the whole point is to get your work into the hands of readers. The readers, after all, should decide whether or not a work has merit, not some publishing person who doesn't know me or my work.
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Where to find Kelli Jae Baeli online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Ghost & Captain Kirk
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Price: Free! Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00)
In this speculative, whimsical story, a lonely writer has a chance encounter with an entity and a celebrity.
Teeny Weenie Man (A short, completely believable story)
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Price: Free! Words: 11,480. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50)
When Molly Peek discovers an extremely odd hotdog during the course of her working day, she has no idea that her knowledge of life, evolution, and whether Earthlings are alone in the universe will be greatly enhanced. For such a small guy, the Teeny Weenie Man sure knows how to make an impact.

Kelli Jae Baeli's favorite authors on Smashwords


Smashwords book reviews by Kelli Jae Baeli

  • Scarcity on April 14, 2012

    Whether Kate Genet is writing novels or short stories, her prose, her character studies and the peek inside the human psyche will always intrigue, and continually please. The reader can expect to find it time well spent. Scarcity is another example of Genet's ability to draw you into a world of her creation; this, being a world of two lonely women who need intimacy perhaps more than they are willing to admit. The use of color, such as shades of purple, seem to represent the bruised and beautiful nature of life as we seek solace and acceptance amid the often cruel machinations of fate.
  • Fat Pat and the Accidental Death of Maryanne on June 28, 2012

    This story had me laughing all the way through. It was disturbing, but in a decidedly hysterical way...black comedy at its best, and a character voice that is spot-on. Genet always manages to surprise and delight me with her ability to impart a protagonist (if you could call him that--he might also be considered an antagonist) that is at once believable, interesting and unique. This is no exception. In fact, it's a shining example! It's worthy of a prize for best short story. The fact that she can get inside the persona so well, especially when I know that Fat Pat is NOTHING like Genet...well, it's an impressive talent she has. I encourage everyone who enjoys masterful characterization to download this. You will NOT be sorry!
  • The Comfort of the Shriek on April 01, 2013

    As all discerning readers know, many people are publishing themselves these days, and some should spend more time on learning the craft before they do--not so with this author. I am looking forward to reading some of his full-length work after reading this, as he has a firm grip on the art of storytelling, even amid difficult subject matter. His skill is spot-on in this story, and it's refreshing to find a talented writer like Scott Crowder; akin to finding that ten dollar bill in a pair of pants you haven't worn in a while. I would love to see this story expanded to novel length, as it has some very intriguing possibilities. Keep up the good work, Mr. Crowder!
  • The Song of the Sea on June 04, 2013

    I am always thrilled to find writers who know how to craft a story, know how to make language work for them...and thus, for the reader. Song of the Sea is that kind of story: beautifully rendered, expertly crafted, haunting, exciting...and such a refreshing discovery by an Indie writer who is, without question, the REAL DEAL. I applaud you, Mari. I will be seeking your other works, now, knowing that if this story is a representative example, I will be well-pleased.