Dire Conditions

Karen De Lacy is a wealthy socialite in love with her shallow life, but when she is abducted, she finds herself in a deadly struggle for survival, not just against her would be killer, but the hostile outback itself.

Out now in paperback and online.

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  SJ’s parents sold her to a mad scientist when she was just three days old and she was raised mostly by the lab mice.  She credits this upbringing for her passion for hard to pronounce cheeses.

    She has always loved writing, and for most of her life was an extremely dedicated writer for approximately five days out of every year, however after a tumour, that she christened Earnest, was discovered and successfully removed, writing became a full time commitment.

   SJ Eeles has written a screenplay, three feature length plays and several short ones, a found footage film script, a 12 episode radio play, a found footage screenplay, some truly awful short stories and some not too bad ones.

   Original Sin, published in 2019 was her third novel (if you count the ones she started when she was 15), but the first she finished.  The others remain in the ever-growing Drawer of Unfinished Projects.

   She has worked as a stand up comic, a bad waitress, and lied on most of her resumes.  She continues to write from the couch of any friend who accepts payment in babysitting duties and/or baked goods.  Her second novel, Dire Conditions, was released October 2020.  

Tinder says she’s 38.

Other recent works and projects
March 2022 - March 2023
130 Women in 130 Years, Kalgoorlie.

A collaborative project with three visual artists, the Goldfields Women's Health Care Centre and many other community groups.
Addressing the issue of under-representation of women's contributions to local history, the project will uncover and celebrate these stories through a series of community engagements, workshops and residencies and culminate in a multi-art Exhibition in March 2023.
It is part of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture and Lotterywest's Creative Communities Recovery Program.

In Progress - Oct 2021 - May 2022
Evolution Little Finds Urban Installations Project

A series of unexpected artwork installations in the Kalgoorlie (WA) CBD area. Transforming spaces into vibrant artworks to enliven the area and create an outdoor activity for the community to enjoy.
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July 2021 - Jan 2022
Geraldton Historical Ghost Tours

Undergoing research of the WA town's darker history to create and develop a series of immersive tours including performers playing 'live ghosts' to share their stories firsthand.
Funded with the support of the Federal Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund.

2021 - North Midlands Project

Ebb and Flow Artist Residency

March 2021 - Fitzgerald Region Creative Development Workshops
A series of in-school workshops for primary and high school aged students. Supported and funded by Regional Arts