Karen Bayly’s passion for writing began as a child when she wrote soap operas for her dolls to perform under her careful direction. These days it’s her biology PhD and research background that inform her writing, a fusion of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. However, she dabbles in literary fiction and screenplays as well. She received an Honourable Mention for The Waiting in the Mainstream/ Literary Short Story Category, 73rd Writer’s Digest Competition. In 2016, she reached the quarterfinals of Screencraft’s Cinematic Short Story Competition with Daphne’s Dance. In the same year, her short science fiction screenplay, The Reconciled, reached the quarterfinals of Screencraft’s Short Screenplay Competition. Her short stories, flash fiction, and poems have appeared in variety of journals. Her stories have featured in anthologies from Black Beacon Press, Black Hare Press, Crystal Lake Publishing. In 2019, Mary Celeste Press published Karen’s first novel, Fortitude. This steampunk, science fiction adventure is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple Books, Smashwords and Lulu. A companion story, Foul Beasts, appeared in Black Beacon Press’s recent anthology, Murder and Machinery. She lives in the outer suburbs of Sydney, Australia with two cats, a guitar, and a ukulele.