Karen Bayly

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Author Question: What’s your editing process?

My editing process is constantly evolving. At a high level, I follow the “Write your book four times” rule outlined in the article here. As the author notes, this is tedious and tiring. But it works. By the time you’ve finished, your manuscript should be a finely-crafted work of art.

Also, …

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Author Question: What bugs you as a writer?

The thing that bugs me most the is competing views of editors and readers (especially beta readers). It’s a balancing act that I’m still learning. Writing so that one satisfies the needs of both editors and readers is a skill.

For example, some editors have criticised me for “too much exposit…

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Author Question: Who inspired you to write?

There are so many writers whose work I love, but the first to inspire me were Anne McCaffrey and Ursula Le Guin. When I started writing, science fiction and fantasy was the providence of male writers, and these two broke that mould.

I adored McCaffrey’s “Dragonriders of Pern” series with its stro…

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Author Question: How do you deal with rejection?

Good question! I used to find it so disheartening. Now I just sigh, maybe grumble a bit, and look for somewhere else to send my work.

One thing I’ve learned is that there are many reasons an editor will reject your work. For short stories, maybe it doesn’t quite fit in with their vision for the p…

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Author Question: What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve been catching up on finishing and polishing a few short stories.  Black Hare Press has already accepted one piece for publication in one of their LOCKDOWN Sci-Fi Anthologies.

I’m editing a sci-fi story about an assassin (female) and writing a ghost story inspired by a bus stop I used to…

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Author Question: Does music inspire you to write?

Yes, definitely. For the novel, I’m working on now (The Witch Who Wasn't), I’ve found inspiration in Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting”,  Stevie Nick's "Crystal" and Talking Head's "And She Was".

The second movement of Philip Glass’ Tirol Concerto was a huge inspiration for Fortitude. The da…

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Author Question: What’s the best thing about being a writer?

The best thing about being a writer is creating new worlds and characters to populate that world. You can explore so many different scenarios and travel to places no-one else has ever been. You can share a vision of how the world could be - for better or worse. If you're lucky and someone actually r…

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Author Question: What are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on a YA fantasy novel, tentatively titled "The Witch Who Wasn't".  It's about a young witch whose parents disappeared when she was a toddler, and who a famous wizard once called "The Witch Who Wasn't". Needless to say, she has a long journey to discover herself and her place in…

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Author Question: How do you deal with writer’s block?

I rarely get writer's block nowadays but it has taken me a long time to get to this point. How do I avoid it? I sit down and start writing. I stop editing an idea while it is still in my head and just go with it. If I write drivel, fine. At least I know and can start again. Sometimes I use …

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Author Question: Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

As someone who trained in the sciences I've long been fascinated by the idea that just because science can, it doesn't mean science should. Even before Ian Malcolm's quotable quote in "Jurassic Park", I'd thought about it long and hard while doing my degrees. Ethics - what you do and how you do it -…

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