Carol Ryles is an Australian author who writes in Strine with UK spelling. She began her professional life as a registered nurse and then moved to Hainan Island, China, where she worked in occupational health, learned Mandarin and tutored English at various institutions. She now holds a BA in English (Hons 1) and a PhD focussing on the process of writing in the sub-genre of steampunk.

She is a graduate of Clarion West 2008, and has worked as a Steering Committee member and editorial consultant for Trove, (since renamed Tenderfoot) an online journal of creative writing from The University of Western Australia. Her stories have appeared in a number of Australian publications including Eidolon, Eidolon 1Aurealis and The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy Horror (2013).