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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.
on May 16, 2013 :
Superb, fun, witty, with a great romance thrown in. An excellent origin story, and I can't wait to see where these characters go next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 29, 2012 :
you get something different out of each book you read.
This one was an interesting story, and the character development was phenomenal, but the thing that i found myself saying at the end of the book was: "wow, she's a really talented author."
This book shows a really well rounded project. storyline, characters, the dry cynical humor that i love, depth, emotional manipulation, literary prose here and there... but mainly, none of it seemed forced. You could tell that this author could just start typing, go into a zone and spit out a book or a speech or a poem or a recipe that would pull you in and have your full attention. Very fluid and a total pleasure. The editing (if she even needed it) was flawless as well.
The story itself was fun and you get your fill of action, hot romance, and wit, all rolled up nicely. A splendid balance of a book that will have you laughing one minute, and the next deep in thought about the psyche of our characters and an empathy of their emotional baggage.
I've already downloaded several other bits of the author's work, and she is one deep chick with an amazing ability to put the deepest truths of life into words. so many of the other 'popular' lesfic authors have NOTHING on her.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 21, 2012 :
The most appealing thing about this novel is its narrative voice. Written in first person, this novel is wry and humorous. It's the first thing that draws you into the story and it's at once self-depreciating and self-assured, which is an interesting combination. For a while I thought this self-assurance bordered on cocky, but by a few chapters into the book I was captivated. It's a strong voice and it never falters once in the whole novel.
By describing the novel's voice I'm also describing the main character. She's pretty much everything a reader needs a character to be – interesting enough to catch our attention, assertive enough to keep it and displaying a depth that promises more to the story if we care to read on. With a character like this, it's impossible not to read on. She has her weaknesses of course, but all well-rounded characters do. She's hiding something and this gives her an air of vulnerability that only adds an extra dimension to her otherwise strong, capable and determined character.
The secondary character is just as appealing. Both different in temperament, these two make a terrific team, and their burgeoning relationship in the book is everything you want it to be from the very moment they meet.
Well paced with nail-biting action scenes this novel has a storyline that will have you glued to the page. It manages to stay on this side of believable because at all times the author is demonstrably in control of her material. Immersed in the book, it all seems real and credible and it's a credit to Jae Baeli's writing skill. It's a detective story, action story and romance all in one wild, fulfilling ride. Lots of drama, danger and two sexy women. What more could you want?
Bring together an exciting storyline, a world that is recognizable and real, a bunch of characters to love, hate, laugh at and with as the case may be, and you have all the ingredients of a book well worth reading. I know there's a second book featuring these characters and I'm looking forward to reading it. If it's anything like this one, it's not to be missed.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 21, 2010 :
Very touching. For an Indian guy in the shady side of 50s it was a very sentimental read. Keep it up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)