Karen Bayly


Karen Bayly was born in Sydney, Australia once upon a time. She's been an actor, director, musician (new wave and classical) and scientist. Mostly though, she's been a writer. She's written agricultural, medical and scientific articles and ebooks as a public relations professional, freelance writer and ghostwriter.

She's also published numerous short stories, has completed her first novel and written three screenplays - one long, two short. One screenplay, "The Reconciled" made the quarter finals of ScreenCraft's Short Screenplay Competition 2016 and a short story titled "Daphne's Dance" made the quarter finals of ScreenCraft's Short Story Competition 2016.

She is lovingly regarded by her friends as a bit of an odd bod. If pressed, she would describe herself as a science geek with a penchant for biology and ethology, who has a huge gooey spot for cats, horses and birds and a bunch of other animals. Although an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy TV and film, she also appreciate serious drama - as long as it is in other people's lives. She unwinds by taking photographs of anything but people.

Smashwords Interview

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!
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Where to find Karen Bayly online


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.

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