Kelli Martin was, is and always will be a book editor. She loves collaborating with writers and helping make books, and she considers it her calling and a love of her life. When Kelli is not editing books or working on the SAL board, she can be found reading, browsing in bookstores, hanging out with friends over brunch or dinner, enjoying long walks in her Seattle neighborhood, soaking up the sun, and spending time with her family.
One unforgettable, favorite SAL event she attended was Liz Gilbert talking so transparently about her life experiences and what she wanted for her future. Kelli says, “I will never forget when she responded to a patron’s question with, ‘I want to be love in the room.’ I aspire to that.”
Her ideal Sunday sees her at church, followed by brunch, then outside for a walk, catching up on TV shows or going to a movie, then talking and laughing and being silly with family and close friends on the phone or on a video chat. Her ideal Sunday ends with dinner with her family at a favorite restaurant, then reading for pleasure to close out the night.
On her favorite book as a child, Kelli says, “It’s almost impossible to choose! I remember loving The President’s Daughter and White House Autumn, books #1 and #2 in a series by Ellen Emerson White. I loved that the novels envisioned a woman president, and that the novels subverted stereotypical household roles of that time… Most of all, I loved how the author didn’t shy away from real issues or big, tumultuous feelings. Meghan, the teenage protagonist, was honest and real and vulnerable about what she was going through: her experiences with her first boyfriend, with her mother’s intense devotion to her career, and with discerning who her real friends were…. Meg has this quiet strength about her, even as she dealt with her self-esteem and insecurities. She KNEW herself. Which seemed wondrous and comforting to me for a person at that young age.”