Birgit K. Gaiser
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About Birgit K. Gaiser
Birgit lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. They write short speculative fiction and have a soft spot for the slightly bizarre and characters who view the world with a healthy dose of sarcasm.
Working as a scrum master by day, they also have a PhD in toxicology, which they consult for the occasional (literary) poisoning.
You can find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BirgitKGaiser).
Birgit’s work has been shortlisted for the Edinburgh Flash Fiction Award and published or accepted by Black Hare Press, Daikaijuzine, WolfSinger Publications, Black Ink Fiction, Ghost Orchid Press and 50-Word Stories.
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