Kelli Jae Baeli


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 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.
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


Reading, Writing & No Arithmetic (Volume 2)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,340. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Kelli Jae Baeli, Indie Author and Publisher with Indie Literati Press and Lesbian Literati Press, and author of 40 books, numerous articles, stories and essays, shares some thoughts about the writing craft and the writer's life, which necessarily also includes lots of reading. Followed by thoughtful examinations, splenetic ruminations and often humorous outbursts of weirdness.
The Ghost & Captain Kirk
Price: Free! Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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)
Price: Free! Words: 11,480. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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.
All Ways, Always (Romantic Novels Book Bundle)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 349,020. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Save 60% for this book bundle, over buying the novels individually. 5 Romantic Novels from Bestselling author, Kelli Jae Baeli. Includes As You Were, Plethora, Random Acts of Blindness, Rain Falls (a best seller!) , and In Absentia
Too Hot to Handle (Erotica Box set)
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 108,010. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Three sizzling lesbian erotica books by bestselling author, Kelli Jae Baeli--all in one bundle. Trustplaces (Erotic Art, Vignettes & Verse for Women Who Love Women), The Speed of Dark (Bold Erotic Stories) and Random Acts of Blindness, (an erotic novella).
Trustplaces (Erotic Art, Vignettes & Verse for Women Who Love Women)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,990. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Comical BDSM, first timers, unrequited and satiated passion; friends who don't let friends sleep alone. Trustplaces is not just stories, vignettes and poetry, but also a tastefully erotic journey through the many forms of passion between two women—and sometimes three.
AKA Investigations Series, Box Set
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 364,590. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
The popular AKA Investigations Series now in a box set. Share the adventures and romances of Jobeth, Phoebe, Izzy and Ginger. Never a dull moment, and plenty of chills, thrills and laughter too. Includes Also Known as Armchair Detective, Also Known as DNA, Also Known as Syzygy, Also Known as Rising & Falling, and Also Known as Sleepy Cat Peak.
Yin & Yang: Poetry & Lyrics from Both Sides of my Disposition
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,800. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
From the perennial mystery of lost socks to the sting of lost love, this collection of verse by novelist, artist and singer-songwriter Kelli Jae Baeli is a picturesque jaunt through the labyrinths of the human psyche, made all the more engaging by the dichotomy of frivolity and sincerity. Reading Yin & Yang: Poetry From Both Sides of my Disposition will be time well-spent. ~LightSwitcher Books
Crossing Paths (Essays)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,530. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Category: Essay » Literature
Sometimes there are people who cross paths with us, and it takes a little time to figure out the big picture of just why they do. Often the big picture becomes unpretty. When it becomes clear that these two people are not good for each other for whatever reason, it is not always a thing to be regretted.
In Absentia (A Rain Falls Romantic Dramedy)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 63,480. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
It's up to India and Tegan to decide if these forced changes are gifts, or just dirty lumps of coal. (Book 2)
Rain Falls (A Romantic Dramedy)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,610. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
(5.00 from 1 review)
Two women. One, a freelance writer & editor and scifi author, who is also an emotionally unavailable and closeted lesbian. The other, a disabled romantic lesbian fiction writer, who believes no one will ever love her. In a writing cabin outside the tourist town of Rain Falls, Colorado, the two struggle with the temptation and absurdities their situation inspires.
The Speed of Dark (Bold Erotic Stories)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,470. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
The Speed of Dark is daring erotica, populated by characters suited just as well for full-length novels. Baeli explores boundaries, asks tantalizing questions about love and desire, and defies the conventions of passion between women.
Naughty Habits
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Sister Mary Francis and Sister Mary Margaret have a secret, and a plan to go with it.
Homo Renovation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Breaking up is hard to do. Especially when you have to spend the weekend renovating the house in order to sell it. Tool belts come in handy. CAUTION: graphic adult sexual conten
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Lucy Randolph is tired of being poor, while her mother enjoys the spoils of Wallace Blank, the wealthy man who discarded Lucy for being a lesbian. She has a scheme to kidnap her stepfather for ransom. But the plan is foiled by sexy Sophie, Wallace Blank's biological daughter.
Also Known As Sleepy Cat Peak (AKA Investigations, Book 5)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,980. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
...neither of them expected their getaway to turn into something so pivotal to their relationship, nor to have to explore boundaries so profoundly.
Another Justice
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,790. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Margo Benning seeks retribution for what was done to her, following the lead of vigilante, Meg Fisher, who is on her own quest to fish for certain men...Fish for them. End them.
Giving it Away : Spoilers as Both Noun & Accusation (Why Book Reviews Matter & How to Write a Proper One)
Price: Free! Words: 5,150. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Category: Essay » Literature
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
This is a FREE eArticle, not a novel; it does not pretend to elucidate completely the subject at hand; it's about 10 pages on the topic. I am too busy writing full-length novels to give it more time than that & yes, I do advertise my other work in the back of it. Please realize this was a quick share of some information I thought important, & that's ALL. That's why I'm GIVING IT AWAY.
Somewhere Else
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,880. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
A non-physical walk-in soul makes an agreement with another incarnated soul to take over her body. But Daelah Murdock is a Mormon goody-two-shoes with a pathological attachment to the color pink. And someone is trying to kill her.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,940. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
(4.00 from 1 review)
Twenty-five year old Jason Beasley is about to discover, literally, a new reality, and that the research Professor Pritchard has done will lead him to the life he didn't know he was missing. If he could only get used to all the differences; starting with the fact that his own gender had changed.
Reading, Writing & No Arithmetic (Baeli On Series, #1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,470. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Kelli Jae Baeli, Indie Author and Publisher with Lesbian Literati Press, and author of 31 books, numerous articles, stories and essays, shares some thoughts about the writing craft and the writer's life.
Curse of Cache La Poudre
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,930. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
(5.00 from 1 review)
Danica and Rikki have missed their plane, which couldn't be worse news because now they might just miss their own wedding. ...and being chased through the wilderness, while a great bonding exercise, is not the romantic getaway they were expecting.
Also Known As Rising & Falling (AKA Investigations, Book 4)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,640. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jobeth O'Brien discovers that even when she's out of commission, due to a back injury, there's no way she can stay out of the loop. Not when so much is going on in her household full of women.
Also Known As Syzygy (AKA Investigations Series, Book 3)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,910. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
On December 3, 2012, Saturn, Venus & Mercury aligned. On that same night, three women align to see that justice is done.
Mind-Bending Esoterica
Price: Free! Words: 5,910. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion & Science
Science is often wrongly interpreted as unable to respond to wild claims from believers. Complicated things require complicated explanations. Political Correctness has discouraged us, as a society, from speaking the truth, for fear it might damage someone's fragile sensibilities. But progress should never be impeded by a need to coddle adults who respond to the world as children.
Scars of the Old Flame
Price: Free! Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression
Then like Virgil’s Agnosco veteris vestigia flammae–I feel once more the scars of the old flame…
Euthanasia: The Good Death
Price: Free! Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
An individual's choice to end his or her own life, is at once the most personal decision, and should not be in the control of anyone other than the person considering self-termination. Human beings have the right to end their own suffering, if that suffering will ultimately end in death, or else be prolonged, and without any hope of quality of life.
Red Light Needs a Green Light
Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Social policy
Contrary to popular belief, in comparing “House” prostitutes–those working from a house or other structure specifically for that purpose–and street prostitutes, 97% reported higher self-esteem. Surprisingly, statistics also show that abuse of prostitutes and women in general were about the same. So the violence against women is the issue here, not prostitution.
Creativity, Intelligence & Depressive Realism
Price: Free! Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Creative ability
Does creativity come first, and then depression? Do depression-oriented people seek creative expression? Do intelligent people tend toward a need for creative expression?
From Genocide to Neo-Eugenics
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Social Science » Future Studies
The constative issue of eugenics is one fraught with both peril and promise. Can the association with Hitler be put aside long enough to consider this issue without the onerous specter of the Holocaust and the efforts to create an Aryan race? If it can, then perhaps the traditional idea of eugenics must be reframed. We need a "Neo-Eugenics" that espouses pre-conception solutions, rather than post-
Too Much World
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,030. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
"A powerful, thought-provoking collection of essays that reveal the author’s ability to dig deep into the pits of despair, and moreover, seek ways to climb out...” ~KIWI Club Reviews
Don't Fall in Love With Your Words: Fall in Love With Your Craft
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,380. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Indie Author of 26 books shares her insights on being a writer and doing the writing
Bettered by a Dead Crustacean
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,960. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
“Prepare yourself for a wildly entertaining jaunt through the witty psyche of the author, as she shares odd and humorous thoughts on a wide range of subjects, proving once again her ability to make us think, laugh and question our own sanity.” ~KIWI Club Reviews
Immortality or Something Like it
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,050. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Essays
"An odyssey through a life examined, a burden shared, and a soul shining with determination and honesty. You will come away from this book feeling like there's someone out there who really understands what it's like to suck the marrow out of life." ~KIWI Club Reviews
Powerful Things
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,750. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
It's hard enough building a life on a new planet, but when you're faced with dissension in your own tribe, you have to decide and decide quickly just how far you're prepared to go.
Dinky's Demise
Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
She was fearless and he wanted to be fearless.
When It’s All You Can Do To Be All You Can Be
Price: Free! Words: 14,420. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
I raised my right hand and was sworn in with a room full of other recruits on December 7th, 1987. I was at that time too naïve to know that this meant I was saying, “I have no more rights, and you may abuse me at will.” It must have been in the sub-text somewhere, but I missed it.
Flash Fiction, Volume 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,610. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
A collection of short fiction about right and wrong, greed, estrangement, a Chihuahua, what makes us real, bad customer service and rude patrons, a loveable mutt, a lesson learned, a talking newspaper, dealing with the unschooled, apparitions, the future as past, and accepting loss.
Therefore, I Am
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Everything seemed to irritate him lately—even simple things he had never questioned before. Something was wrong with his life, but he couldn’t decide what it was.
Burn Her to the Ground
Price: Free! Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
After being estranged for 10 years, a lesbian woman tries to mend fences with a visit to her mother. She brings her New Zealand girlfriend along
Punkin's Big Adventure
Price: Free! Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
A sad attempt at a children’s story. Not quite suitable for children.
House of Escher
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The morning after too much to drink, a young woman finds herself in different clothes, in a strange building, in an unknown city, and trying to get away from a killer.
Mark of the Almost-Beast
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
A professor explores her naughty side, and discovers that things are not always what they seem.
Brave & Crazy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Can't get no satisfaction...unless you're the girls in the band.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
It was an honest mistake, but what Abby didn't realize was, her girlfriend had an agenda.
Chickens Come Home
Price: Free! Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A lesson in forced karma when a young woman takes matters into her own hands.
Becoming a Statistic
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
Alone on a dark road, a young woman learns something about herself she didn't really want to know.
True Blue Colors
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(5.00 from 1 review)
Rookie cop, Veronica Polk finds herself undercover, on a case that could make or break her fresh new career.
Tristoon the Incorrigible
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,910. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
After Beowulf, and before Xena, there was Tristoon...From out the hollow Redwood, emerged a small warrior bedecked in the gear of the Realm. Tristoon fastened her chain mail and adjusted the sword at her side. Another day, another battle, she thought wearily. Was this not a tiresome thing?
Wear a Helmet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,650. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2010. Category: Essay » Literature
In Wear a Helmet, Baeli again displays her ability to swing from unapologetic humor to revealing even the most painful fragments of her psyche.
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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 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.