Karen Bayly

Author of fantasy, sci-fi, horror 

About Me

I was born in Sydney, Australia. I've been an actor, director, musician (new wave and classical) and scientist. However, no matter what else I've done, I've also written - stories, songs, screenplays. Although I've delved into non-fiction and written agricultural, medical and scientific articles and e-books, fiction is where my heart lies. I love to create worlds and tell stories, but find it near impossible to restrict myself to just one genre.

My first novel, "Fortitude", has just been published by Mary Celeste Press, and I've had numerous short stories published in print and online journals. I am currently writing my second novel, a YA fantasy.  I've also written three screenplays - one long, two short. One of these, "The Reconciled", made the quarter finals of Screencraft's Short Screenplay Competition 2016 and a short story titled "Daphne's Dance" made the quarter finals of Screencraft's Short Story Competition 2016.

I love science and have qualifications in biology and ethology. When I'm not writing, I unwind with photography. I adore animals and have a huge gooey spot for cats, horses and birds. Although an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy TV and film, I also appreciate serious drama - just not in my own life.

See a list of my publications here.


"Fortitude" - available in paperback from Lulu and in digital format from:
Barnes and Noble
Angus & Robertson

Also in the Apple Books store.



My short story story anthology on Smashwords.

Also on Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and other online bookstores.