The time it takes to read one of her books is just a fraction of the birthing time for Kelly Jae Baeli to write a crafted novel. In a recent meeting, of the Denver Lesbian Book Club, the members discussed, As You Were, by Kelli Jae Baeli. The opportunity to have the author present enriched the conversation as members shared their favorite parts of the book and looked into the writer’s perspective.
For Jae Baeli, the writing process unfolds as she gets an idea for a story through a conversation or an interesting thought. As she writes, the characters develop their own personalities and tell their story. “I like to throw things at them and see how they react. You can tell the nature of a person by the way they behave in life’s situations”, says Baeli. Plausibility is an important element to the book. Time went into research to give credibility to the details. As the readers made their way through the book, many were looking on maps to get their bearings. There is a sense of excitement that you could have crossed paths with the book’s characters.
The underlying theme for As You Were, is the question of what parts of a person are innate and what are environmental. After a tragic accident,”Tru must embark upon a quest to regain the life she once had with her lover, while Brittany returns to a life she neither remembers or approves of.” While they get put through hell, the reader is cheering for a romantic reuniting. There is a sense of accomplishment for Baeli, when the readers complained of losing sleep or being late for an appointment while glued to the book and wanting our heroines to triumph.
The original manuscript for As You Were was first written in 1988. Jae Baeli now has 26 books to her credit with an upcoming co-authoring with the woman of her dreams, Kate Genet. In a world that doesn’t always go the way we think it should, it’s good to have a place where the girls win in spite of the odds. To find out more about Kelli Jae Baeli and her writings go to https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/KelliJaeBaeli.
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