Greetings, Friends, Clients, Colleagues, Visitors, and Fellow Humans!
I invite you to explore some of my own writing, including various bits of fiction, nonfiction, literary criticism and so forth. Of course, you can always take a look at bibliobibuliblog, which is all work-related (i.e., all things editing and writing and suchlike). The pieces you’ll find here are a little more, shall we say, personal (i.e., stuff I do on my own time).

Enjoy!
—Kelli

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K Writing
The author at work: thinking, writing, thinking, writing, drinking tea, looking out the window, thinking …

As of June 2019, I’ve been working on a novel for more than two years. Tentatively titled After the End, the book traces the trying, twisted journey Holocaust survivor Sarah Morgenstern must take in order to start the rest of her life. It is a story of despair and hope, of loss and love, of uncertainty and dreams. After the End reminds us that home and family are not only about where you are born and who you are born to but also about where you belong and who you belong with. Take a look at Chapter 1. Here’s the Synopsis.

 

“Local Author Spotlight: Gint Aras”
Chicago Book Review, May 2016
Oak Parker Gint Aras has been spending much of the past few months out and about talking with readers, whether during Independent Bookstore Day at Volumes Bookcafe or at the live lit event “That’s All She Wrote” at Great Lakes Tattoo in West Town (or during an upcoming “Local Author Night” at The Book Cellar).
          
So goes the business end of the writer’s life …

The Inequality Equalizer
by Jena Abernathy (with Kelli Christiansen)

Ankerwyke, 2016
In The Inequality Equalizer, career coach and executive search consultant Jena Abernathy shares real-world success strategies for young professionals in a no-nonsense guide that will help them balance their “junkyard dogs” and “pedigrees,” strategize their careers, and gain the confidence, skills, and know-how they need to get results, make winning impressions, and build long-lasting success on their way to the C-suite. Packed with real-world anecdotes and case studies, The Inequality Equalizer illustrates how everyday experiences can propel—or thwart—the career objectives of young women entering the cutthroat world of business. Read the Introduction.

“That Picture of You
Midwestern Gothic, August 2015
I remember that picture of you. It’s the one I would have taken, that summer you would have been—what?—four, maybe? The one of you in the treehouse, holding the white daisy, gazing out the window, looking out over the field that would have been our backyard when we would have been living in the far, far western suburbs, where cookie-cutter subdivisions full of duplexes and cul-de-sacs met farmland full of straight rows of corn. …

“Summer Interrupted
Chicago Literati, August 2013
The crackling fire was burning high, orange flames reaching skyward, glowing embers dancing erratically before floating away, dying before they reached the dangling leaves of the large maple that towered above.
          It was hot. Too hot, even for July. But they wanted to make s’mores. So they ignored the soaring temperatures and roasted marshmallows anyway …

Shiny Pennies
Faith, Hope, and Fiction
, August 2013

She felt a little bad about not picking it up. Stepping over it, keeping an eye on it as her foot landed right on it. A little twinge of—what? Regret? Guilt? Nostalgia?
          How many pennies was that? How many had she refused to pick up, eschewing the ritual of superstition? Forsaking luck. How many days full of good luck had she missed?
          Find a penny, pick it up …

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“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
—George Orwell

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