SHORT VERSION (In which I focus on you, the reader)
Even after 57 books, Kelli Jae Baeli always tries to write the sort of book she would want to read.
She says her favorite thing to do is take a common trope and turn it on its ear. Where you expect a zig, she gives you a zag. In her pages, you will find strong female characters, ethical dilemmas, realistic romantic storylines often filled with adventure and intense pacing, tempered by witty dialogue, and happy endings. All are hallmarks of her work.
Kelli Jae Baeli is the author of 57 books, 29 of them bestsellers. At the end of 2017, she and her wife, Melissa, will begin a journey around America, visiting all 48 contiguous states with a travel trailer in tow, taking pictures, writing novels and travel articles and enjoying all this country has to offer.
LONG VERSION (in which I aggrandize myself, hoping to impress you with my resume)
Indie Publisher and author of 29 bestsellers, Kelli Jae Baeli enjoys a sales position in the top 5% of lesbian authors.
Her writing career began as a child, and that interest in expression through words on a page blossomed into full-length works, when she became frustrated with early examples of lesbian fiction, and decided to write something she would want to read. She’s been doing that ever since, authoring and producing 57 books, both non-fiction and fiction, in a variety of genres, and for both gay and straight readers.
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. Creativity comes as easily as breathing to Baeli. A talented singer-songwriter with over 200 songs to her credit, she also loves mixed-media art, painting, pottery, and clay sculpture, as well. Living a life around words, books, art, and music not only fulfills her, but defines her.
She’s been an Indie publisher and author for 28 years. Formerly a managing editor for two small presses, she founded Kindred Ink Writers Initiative, Kind Red Ink Editing, and currently publishes under the imprints Indie Literati Press and Lesbian Literati Press. Believing in mastering every aspect of the business, Baeli does her own marketing, book cover design, typography, and formatting, and is also an editor, webmaster and blogger, all after eight years of University, to include pursuing a B.A. in Professional Writing & Editing.
A canny mix of businesswoman and artist, Baeli is delighted to spend each day relentlessly polishing her skills and feeding her muse.
She currently makes her home on Holiday Island, near the quaint village of Eureka Springs with her wife, Melissa Walker-Baeli.