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 it's 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 and so wanted to write something she would want to read. She's been doing that ever since.
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 written and produced 28 books, both non-fiction and fiction in a variety of genres, with many more planned.
Believing in mastering every aspect of the business, she is also an editor, webmaster and blogger, all after eight years 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.
Formerly a managing editor for two small presses, and a freelance editor since 1995, she has now co-founded Lesbian Literati Press with her partner and fellow author Kate Genet. All this in addition to maintaining the Kindred Ink Writer’s Initiative, Kind Red Ink Editing Services, a blog and three forums.
Constantly mining the world around her for literary tidbits, Baeli is always to be found with notebook in hand, a self-confessed word magpie who sees everywhere the fodder for her stories and essays.
She is also a talented singer/songwriter with over 200 songs to her credit. A canny mix of business woman and artist, Kelli Jae Baeli is delighted to spend each and every day feeding her muse.
Relocated from Colorado, Baeli now makes her home on what feels to her like the brave new planet of New Zealand with her Kiwi partner Kate Genet. She looks forward to a life rich in words, music and stories.