Interview with Karen Bayly

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Sydney, Australia. My father died when I was a toddler and my mother and I moved to a very conservative blue collar neighbourhood. We weren't really accepted - a single woman with a child was uncommon in those days, and my poor mother was sidelined by the other parents. I spent a lot of time alone, feeding my imagination.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a few short stories published and there were a couple that I was thinking about submitting. I thought about submitting for so long (it is not one of my favourite things) that I ended with a total of nine stories I wanted to get out into the world. Rather than spending a lot of time trying to get nine stories published at nine different journals, I decided to put both the previously published stories and the newer ones together into an anthology. I chose to publish an ebook as I had been told that short stories do better in electronic format. I'm hoping that is true!
When did you first start writing?
As a child - then on and off throughout most of my adult years. I didn't have a lot of confidence in my writing and it took me a very long time before I could actually say out loud: "I'm a writer".
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember my first creative endeavour! I was about seven years old and my teacher asked the class to write a sentence using the word "running". I wrote "The horse has a running nose" and then illustrated it with a picture of a brown horse with yellow snot coming out of its nose. My teacher gave me a silver star and sent me to the headmistress who gave me THREE gold stars. So I was even paid for my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters, having them come to life in my head and surprise me by doing their own thing regardless of what I've decided they should do, imagining new worlds. And once published? I love it when something I've written moves or inspires the reader.
What are you working on next?
I'm 38,000 words into a novel - it is speculative, steampunk inspired and that's all I'm saying. I also have a couple of short stories I want to turn into short screenplays.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Angela Carter, Ernest Hemingway, Neil Gaiman (who I admire for his ability to write for adults and children, as well as for comics, screen, novels and short stories), Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk ... the list changes from time to time but I would say those first three have been consistent for many years now.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love animals. I love good films and TV shows. I appreciate a fine drop of wine. That's probably the reason I enjoy being at home on a Saturday night, watching a DVD with the cat on my lap and a glass of wine beside me.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Arrival
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 38,770. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
An eclectic collection of nine previously published and nine brand new flash fiction and short stories about the unexplained, transformation, redemption, love, life and death. Genres range from speculative fiction to humor, yet all explore the same theme - we are always on a journey and we are always arriving.