Hi and welcome!bowlerehtereal
I am a writer, artist, gardener, chocoholic and tea lover
… sharing my passion for art, photography and the written word,  inspired by the beauty found in everyday things and celebrating the creativity of the mind.
I mainly dabble in speculative fiction with my current genres centering on Steampunk (often with a touch of gaslight/lamp), Fantasy (often historical) and the ilk.

About Karen:

Karen Carlisle graduated in 1986, from Queensland Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Optometry. She lives in Adelaide with her family and the ghost of her ancient Devon Rex cat. She is not keen on the South Australian summers. 

Karen first fell in love with science fiction when she saw Doctor Who as a four-year old (she can’t remember if she hid behind the couch). This was only reinforced when she saw her first Star Destroyer at the age of twelve. She started various long-term affairs with fantasy fiction, (tabletop) role-playing, gardening, historical re-creation and steampunk – in that order.

She currently writes full-time and can often be found plotting fantastical, piratical or airship adventures.

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

She is not keen on the South Australian summers.


Tea and Tidings:

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The Obligatory Bio:

Karen – the Writer

Karen was first lured into writing at the age of nine, winning first prize in a Bookweek writing competition.  Since then she has had articles published in Australian Realms Roleplaying Magazine and Cockatrice  (Arts and Sciences magazine for the Society for Creative Anachronism).
Karen has written short stories, SF/comedy, non-fiction articles and speculative fiction. She was short-listed by the Australian Literature Review in their 2013 Murder/Mystery Short Story Competition, and her short story, Hunted, featured in the ‘A Trail of Tales’ exhibition in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe.

Karen writes speculative fiction including steampunk, Victorian mystery/crime and fantasy.

Current Projects:

Karen is currently working on speculative fiction short stories, novellas and a full-length novel manuscript. These include The Adventures of Viola Stewart and The Department of Curiosities series.
List of Works: A full list of my work can be found on my Writing Page.
You can find me writing:  on my website blog – my writing practice!

Karen – the Artist:

When not writing, Karen follows her artistic muse.  Even at an early age, she could not choose between drawing, photography or writing. She first mastered Holly Hobby pencil sketches at the age of 8 and had her first photograph published in her school magazine.

Karen has had artwork published in Australian Realms, Cold Angel Comics, Cockatrice  Arts and Sciences Magazine and the I33: Fencing in the Style of Walpurgis Manuscript (Fencing Manual).
She has also won various art competitions. She has had photographs published in Coztume, online by The State Library of South Australia and was included in the 7th edition of Schmap Adelaide Guide.
Her artwork is influenced by the Renaissance, fantasy and steampunk. She works mostly in pencils, inks and gouache.  Karen is slowly trying to engage in the digital age.

She prefers candid-style photography and the challenge of using natural or simple lighting.

Karen – the Costumer

Karen has been  designing and making historical, fantasy and reproduction (SF/movie) costumes since 1982. She has won several workmanship awards with the Australian Costumers’ Guild.

You can find my non-writing work (art and photography) at:


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“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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