Karen Bayly


Genre blending fantasy, sci-fi, horror stories and novels.

Image by Sharon McCutcheon


Writing Journey

Karen Bayly is a writer, software tester, and author of the cross genre steampunk novel, Fortitude. Her passion for writing began as a child when she wrote soap operas for Barbie, Ken, and a host of other dollies to perform. These days it’s her PhD in biology and her research background that inform her writing, a fusion of science fiction, horror, and fantasy.


Her short stories and poems have appeared in journals such as Black Hare Press, Toasted Cheese, Overland, Yellow Mama Webzine, Skive Magazine, Voluted Tales, and Every Day Fiction. She lives in Sydney, Australia with two indoor cats, a guitar, and a ukulele.



May 30, 2019

"Fortitude" is available in paperback from Lulu and in digital format from:
Amazon UK
Amazon Australia
Barnes and Noble
Angus & Robertson

Apple Books


“A captivating combination of adventure, heart, and hijinks! As with all my favorite books, I didn’t want Fortitude to end.”

Angela Dorsey, Novelist


“So much universe, and so little time.”

Terry Pratchett