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.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Kelli Jae Baeli online

Where to buy in print


The Ghost & Captain Kirk
Price: Free! Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, 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.
Becoming a Statistic
Price: Free! Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
Alone on a dark road, a young woman learns something about herself she didn't really want to know.

Kelli Jae Baeli's tag cloud

Kelli Jae Baeli's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Kelli Jae Baeli

  • Shadows Fall (Michaela and Trisha Book 2) on March 07, 2012

    In the second of Genet's Michaela and Trisha series, the author again reveals her ability to pull a reader through a story that engages and delights. The suspense in this story is handled very well, and the characters are fully-drawn and ones with which the reader can sympathize. Shadows Fall had me caught with its suspenseful subject matter, and unique handling of material that, though it has been done before, it is rarely done with this type of mastery. I found myself twitching at things that go bump in the night. One could easily compare Genet's writing to that of other respected and accomplished writers...this book is every bit as good as every other fantastic book out there, and it's better than most of them. It's so refreshing to find a writer in the lesbian genre who does not cheapen the love between women, but instead makes it universal, relatable, and all at once, a joy to read. I love the way Genet has revitalized this genre, and I am a devoted fan.
  • Catch Me on April 04, 2012

    From the moment I started reading this book, I knew I would like it. I was partially right. I wound up LOVING it. By the second night, I couldn't put it down. I even got sleepy once, and got up and sat in the living room so I could keep reading. I am just SO IMPRESSED with this book. It has all those delicious elements that keep you turning pages. The intrigue, the tension, the mastery of nuance and words, the emotional poignancy, the characters you care about... I am a huge Dean Koontz fan, and I kept thinking how it reminded me of some of his best work (mostly his older stuff like One Door Away From Heaven). There are also elements of Stephen King's style here--spooky, gripping, intense. I did not lose interest in this story for a single second, and that's saying a lot, because I'm not easily impressed with most fiction. This is work that Kate Genet should be SO unabashedly PROUD of. It puts her in league with the best. They have nothing on her. And let me just say that the intimate scenes between Alice and Hope...well I caught myself wanting to marry the author! Though she couldn't possibly be single, could she? I'm being a bit facetious, but not really...and I don't just refer to the carnal's that indefinable tenderness that cannot be written by someone who doesn't actually understand it on a visceral level. It's the type of heart I hope to find one day, and share my life with. Sigh. Her words make me yearn for it, anew. I am so looking forward to reading all Kate Genet's work. It's something delicious for me to look forward to. She has me caught--hook, line and sinker.
  • 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!
  • Disbelief (Michaela and Trisha Book 4) on Jan. 22, 2013

    This 4th book in the Michaela and Trisha series has no ghosts, or spooky talking dolls, nor any strange lights or ominous shadows, but it still manages to be chilling and exciting. The pivotal point in the relationship between the main characters would be interesting enough, but the danger and obstacles Genet places in front of them makes this adventurous story impossible to put down until you get to the end. One thing that always impresses me about Kate Genet's books, aside from their eloquent prose, is that she could sell ice to an Eskimo--convince you, utterly, that the situation is real, and you are part of it. Her ability to reveal just the right details, find the perfect element of interest, is second to none. She can take a simple premise and make it blossom into an engaging, page-turning wonder: ---------------- "She headed straight out, hair flying, arms straining, trying to keep her strokes fluid and even, afraid of tipping out. She was sure the men were going to follow her, and if they decided to, they’d have her in minutes. The boat would bear down on her, pushing the pink kayak under its hull, spilling her into the water, where she’d either be sliced and diced in the propeller, or plucked out of the water on the end of a fishing hook, skewered and helpless." ---------------- I believe it is, in fact, the author's ability to turn a phrase that so thoroughly draws you in. Peppered throughout the pages of all Genet's books, are delicious little tidbits that move the story, create vivid settings, and act as food for the eyes: ---------------- "Beneath her, the ground crumbled away into rocks that raced steeply downwards to throw themselves under the waves. ----------------- Or this passage: ----------------- "Dawn came in shades of undergrowth grey, needling down through the canopy and doing its best to crawl along the forest floor to where Michaela lay with her eyes open but not wanting to move." ----------------------- Disbelief explores the arduous terrain of self-confidence and courage; but in the relationship between Michaela and Trisha, the other meat is found; at once captivating and charming, these two women inspire an affinity in the reader that insures complete attention to the story, and invests you in the outcome; a satisfying book that leaves you wanting more, without making you feel that anything was left out.
  • 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.
  • Don't Go There on Dec. 11, 2013

    It isn't often that a writer manages to zero in on the elements that make a good story a great story. Kate Genet has done this with Don't Go There. I can count on one hand when a book has brought a tear to my eye, and some of the scenes in this one are so emotive and so expertly rendered, that I found tears just streaming down my face at about five different points. To say this is a character-driven story would be understatement. Teresa and Scarcity are richly drawn, multi-dimensional and endearing, and I was rapt from the first page, immediately invested in their lives and their fates (The author even managed to create a dog that I wanted to hug and take walks with). The plot, while not complex, is infused with so many levels of value and meaning, that it creates its own complexity, and does so seamlessly. Genet clearly understands that it's never necessary to have the tedious trappings that some other authors seem to almost shoe-horn into a book, as if they feel it is expected, whether it serves the story or not. In this, her first foray into the lesfic romance genre, she had to place herself in this most popular literary category, without getting lost in the quagmire of rehashed storylines, and recycled characters. She hits it square on the head with a sure-hand, discerning eye, and her usual eloquence and command of language, while also taking on some risky subjects. All of these considerations are rendered with a masterful hand, and discerning readers who expect quite a lot from their fiction will not be disappointed. One thing I admire about Genet is that she writes the story that wants and needs to be written, and doesn't pander to a formula or a certain imagined audience. She remains true to herself and to the craft while enfolding us in a solid, engaging story, that has appeal across many genres and reading interests, and always finds a new twist or a variation on a theme that makes you wonder why she's not on the New York Times best seller list. Regardless of which of her books you read, it becomes clear that no one can tell a story like Kate Genet.