Short Bio: (80 words)
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 and published her first novella, Doctor Jack & Other Tales, in 2015. Her short story, Hunted, featured in the Adelaide Fringe exhibition, ‘A Trail of Tales’.
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.
Long Bio (200 word):
Karen J Carlisle is a writer and illustrator of speculative fiction – steampunk, Victorian mystery and fantasy.
She graduated in 1986, from Queensland Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Optometry and lives in Adelaide with her family and the ghost of her ancient Devon Rex cat.
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 reinforced when, at the age of twelve, she saw her first Star Destroyer. She started various other long-term affairs with fantasy fiction, (tabletop) role-playing, gardening, historical re-creation and steampunk – in that order.
She has had articles published in Australian Realms Roleplaying Magazine and Cockatrice (Arts and Sciences magazine). Her short story, An Eye for Detail, was short-listed by the Australian Literature Review in their 2013 Murder/Mystery Short Story Competition. Karen’s short story, Hunted, featured in the ‘A Trail of Tales’ exhibition in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe.
She writes full-time and can often be found plotting fantastical, piratical or airship adventures.
Karen has always loved dark chocolate and rarely refuses a cup of tea.
She is not keen on the South Australian summers.
Karen is currently working on speculative fiction short stories, novellas and a full-length novel manuscript. These include The Department of Curiosities (steampunk adventure series) and cosy paranormal mystery 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!
Places to find Karen’s Writing:
- Pinterest– where you can find visual hints and inspirations, research for my stories, costuming and photography.
- twitter (Karen J Carlisle) @kjcarlisle
- Facebook: Karen J Carlisle (was Karen Carlisle Creations/Off the Artboard/Katdb)
- Google +
- Tumblr (Karen J Carlisle/Off the Artboard)
- WordPress: (mirror site): (Karen J Carlisle)
- Blogger: (mirror site): (Karen J Carlisle/Off the Artboard)
- Livejournal: (Karen J Carlisle/The Purple Files – was my original costume blog site)
- Flickr: (Karen J Carlisle)