Writer of steampunk, Victorian mysteries and fantasy.
Illustrator.  Gardener. Chocoholic and tea lover.

Karen J Carlisle is a writer and illustrator of steampunk, Victorian mysteries and fantasy. She was short-listed in Australian Literature Review’s 2013 Murder/Mystery Short Story Competition. She is currently writing the second book in her cosy fantasy mystery series, set in Adelaide. Her short stories have featured in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe exhibition, ‘A Trail of Tales’, ‘Where’s Holmes?’ and ‘Deadsteam’ anthologies.

Karen lives in Adelaide with her family and the ghost of her ancient Devon Rex cat.

She’s always loved dark chocolate and rarely refuses a cup of tea.

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Information for Events

Things to note for events:

  • Karen is lactose intolerant (actually it is the protein found in cow milk. She can tolerate goat/sheep dairy products). She is allergic to prawns and chilli.
  • She tries to avoid excessive flashing lights, as this is one of the triggers for her migraines. Caffeine is good: tea or dark chocolate is ideal.
  • Karen has a partial hearing loss. This is exaggerated in situations with a lot of background noise and chatter. Please don’t assume she is ignoring you. She probably didn’t hear you.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand” – Albert Einstein


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