Karen J Carlisle

Biography

Karen J Carlisle is an imagineer and writer of speculative fiction - steampunk, Victorian mysteries and fantasy. She lives in Adelaide with her family and the ghost of her ancient Devon Rex cat.

She has started various other long-term affairs with fantasy fiction, (tabletop) role-playing, gardening, historical re-creation and steampunk – in that order. From the age of nine, she longed to be a writer.

Karen has had articles published in Australian Realms Roleplaying Magazine and Cockatrice (Arts and Sciences magazine). She has written short stories, SF/comedy, non-fiction articles and speculative fiction. Her short story, An Eye for Detail, was short-listed by the Australian Literature Review in their 2013 Murder/Mystery Short Story Competition. Hunted, was featured in A Trail of Tales, as part of the 2016 Adelaide Fringe.

Karen has always loved chocolate - dark preferred - and rarely refuses a cup of tea.

She is not keen on the South Australian summers.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in my final year of highschool, I wrote a science-fiction/comedy. It was influenced by my favourite stories at the time - Star Wars, Doctor Who, Blake's 7, Asimov and many others. It took me a year to write and filled 210 hand-typed pages. I only ever let my best friend read it. She was quite miffed that I killed off her favourite character. I only recently found out that my brother had read it too. I really should try to find it, but that means braving the shed.
What is your writing process?
I have notebooks all over the house and in my bag. When I get an idea, I try to write down as much as I can. These notes get filed into a box for future reference. I waver between handwriting the manuscript in one of my notebooks or typing it into Scrivener. For shorter stories (under 24,000 words) I write the entire first draft before I review it. With a book length manuscript, I write a chapter or two, then review. My first draft is a 'splurge' or freewriting exercise - everything goes down on the page. If I am unsure about a word or fact, I put down all my options, so not to lose the flow of the words. However, sometimes the perfectionist in me will insist that I have to do that research before I continue. I have a few trusty beta readers who helps me with obvious errors, repeats or very loose ends. I belong to a writers' group (which includes published authors and editors) who help me with rewrites and suggestions.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Karen J Carlisle online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Adventures of Viola Stewart #6: Tomorrow, When I Die
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,480. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
A life is in danger. Is it part of another plot by the mysterious Men in Grey? Viola must find out the truth before it is too late. A knock on the door could change everything. It's all just a matter of time.
The Adventures of Viola Stewart #5: From the Depths
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,850. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Viola Stewart needs a holiday. But even at the beach… there are things afoot.
With a Twist of the Nib
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,750. Language: Australian English. Published: February 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of ten speculative fiction short stories. Dwarves, vampires, time travel, detectives, steampunk adventures or supernatural events - take your pick. With a Twist of the Nib is full of quick-read stories - reading times from under two minutes to under fifteen minutes per story. Perfect for commuting, waiting in line or when time is short.
The Adventures of Viola Stewart #4: Eye of the Beholder
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,640. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Romance » Historical
With her friend, Doctor Henry Collins, at her side, Viola Stewart runs foul of mummies, curses and the paranormal. But this time the threat of Bedlam looms over them...
The Adventures of Viola Stewart #3: Three More Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,680. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Romance » Historical
The Men in Grey return – with plans for Viola. Will the lure of technology seduce Viola or will Henry lose her forever? Viola Stewart returns in a new series of short adventures, with a hint of romance. This Victorian Mystery series is set in a steampunk fantasy world and has a gaslamp flavour.
The Adventures of Viola Stewart: Doctor Jack
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,510. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.00)
Someone is stalking the women of London. An unexpected encounter puts our heroine in grave peril. Viola is detectiving again, chasing secret societies and nefarious plots. Doctor Jack is a novella (36,000+ words)
The Adventures of Viola Stewart: Three Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,470. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00)
Viola Stewart is a widowed optician with a penchant for dectectiving, who stumbles upon a secret Society of Men in Grey. Set in a Victorian steampunk fantasy world, this series has a gaslamp flavour. Three Short Stories: Day of the Dirigible, An Eye for Detail and The Magic Lantern. Approx. 8000 words.

Karen J Carlisle's tag cloud