Karen Bayly is a writer, software tester, and the author of the steampunk novel Fortitude. Her PhD in biology and love of mythology both inform her writing, a fusion of science fiction, horror and traditional fantasy. She has published short stories and poems in a variety of journals including Skive Magazine, Every Day Fiction, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Toasted Cheese, Scruffy Dog Review and Overland. A devotee of nature, Karen is often found lying on the grass in her backyard, watching birds or staring at the stars. She lives in Sydney, Australia with two cats, a guitar, and a ukulele. Read more about her at

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