I'm Karla Dearsley. Thank you for taking the time to click on my site. Here, you'll not only find my take on the world, but writing tips and some useful contacts, with a particular slant towards speculative fiction.
The site is not only for fans or writers of fantasy fiction. 'Writing fantasy' also refers to the dream I had as a child to be an author. I started with stories and plays (often inspired by Dr Who), and a series of secret agent 'novels' influenced by The Avengers and The Man from Uncle.
The dream remained throughout leaving school at 16, working as a dental nurse/receptionist, a stint in the council housing department, 10 years as a post office counter clerk and philatelic officer, redundancy and going to university to get a BA (Hons) and an MA in Linguistics and Literature. I finally got to be a professional writer 20 years ago, freelancing for local newspapers and magazines and writing business profiles and promotional material, which I still do.
All the while I've continued to write fiction and plays, and I've a steadily growing list of credits ranging from children's stories to horror. For anyone with a fantasy to write, my biggest tip is - keep at it!
Watch this space...
Fantasy Scroll Magazine has accepted my story, 'Haze'.
My poem, 'Plundering the Moon', has been accepted for the spring issue of Illumen.
'The Edge of the World' is in the new issue of Refractions, out on 15th January.
On 14th January my story, 'The Pitch', and article, 'Life after Publication' will be online at http://www.writingshortfiction.org.
'Blind Alleys' is now available in the Yeovil Prize anthology.
'Horse Sense' is now online at http://www.hay-net.co.uk/equestrianshortstories
Out on 15th September: my feature on Samuel Beckett's story, 'Ping' will be in Thresholds.
'Bare the Body and Hide the Soul' is the Songs of Eretz Review's featured poem for 9th September 2014.
Out now from Jaffa Books – Legendary anthology featuring 'A Solitary Sentence' at http://www.jaffabooks.net/titles.html.
Artists & Liars is now available at http://www.amazon.com/Artists-Liars-K-S-Dearsley-ebook/dp/B001JA80T6 as well as on Smashwords, and Discord's Child is now at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/410566 as well as Kindle.
'Bare Earth', Between Lives', 'The Bitter Harvest' and 'The Cup that Refreshes' are now available from Alfie Dog Fiction.
"... an accomplished and compelling piece of writing and the ideas behind it are impressive."
The Short Story Unit, BBC Radio Drama on 'Maternal Instinct'.
"This is a kind of modern-day Aesop's fable and as such is great fun. This was original, animated and genuinely funny."
Lorna Ferguson, Annual Writers' Conference judge on 'A Real Party Animal'.
"An ambitious and well crafted play... This kept me engaged throughout."
Simon Smith, The Sussex Playwrights' Club judge on 'Whistling the Death March'.
"I have to tell you that 'Panteknikon 14'... absorbed and haunted me... it's a skilful and powerful piece of writing."
Lynne Patrick, Real Writers.
"This is a fabulous story. Well-written, completely engaged and with a strong voice."
Kada McDonald, Editor Clonepod on 'The Demon-dancer of Ramjoah'.
"The language of the piece is truly lovely..."
Gary Lee, Pseudopod on 'Soon Beloved'.