Beanie Lei


Beanie Lei was bitten by the storytelling bug as a child, but it took her years to write anything down because she likes talking too much. That's all changed now! Visit for more.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes - it was a retelling of Disney's 'Bambi' which my mum used to read to me! It all came together one day; all the words I was seeing on the page connected with the words in my head and on my tongue, and I offered to read to her so that she didn't have to tire herself out reading to me. I think she felt the impact of this more than I did!
How do you approach cover design?
When I first started designing my covers, I 'felt' my way around my story to find a picture which I thought was suitable. I then read and realised from the Smashwords Guides that my approach was hit-and-miss. Some of my covers were personal, unique, and even good-looking, while others were rather naff and even led to my books being classified incorrectly. If you happen to find my various covers for 'The Prophecy' and 'The Vision' on Instagram and Goodreads, you will see what I mean!
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Where to find Beanie Lei online


Liaozhai Zhiyi: Fantastic Tales from a Talking Library (Balsamina)
Price: Free! Words: 7,130. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Coming of age
A young Chinese orphan from Ancient China and his foxy wife must use an unlikely tool to learn how to live and love. Original story in Chinese by Pu Songling, translated by Beanie Lei.