I do, I do. Be patient with me. AlyCatAuthor has a very specific purpose and reason for its conception. There’s a reason I’ve invested time, energy, and yes, finances, into this undertaking. It’s because I have something to share with the world, something unique, something creative, something that only I can give.
I’ve written all my life, since the time I was six years old. I’ve always admired the fantasy authors and young adult authors that I grew up reading, people like Rowling and Dunkle and Lewis and Tolkien and Dahl. Their stories spoke to me in a way that nothing else could. And I knew that that’s what I wanted to do for others. I wanted my words to be able to speak to them like I’ve been spoken to.
But converting to Catholicism not so long ago brought many changes, and challenges, even, to the thing that I always felt like I was supposed to do. I never had any reason to think this, but hearing from conservative parents about how they were so ‘tyrannical’ as to bar their children from the Harry Potter series, or looking eagerly through a fantasy novel in a Catholic library, only to find it marked up with scores of notes about how ‘diabolical’ fantasy was, led me to think that my perceived career was already over before it had begun. I loved (and still love) my Catholic faith too much to give it up in the name of my own selfish pursuits.
But I knew there was something amiss about all this. Never had I heard my pastor condemn fantasy literature, even when I told him about the classes I was taking as part of my English major, and about the long-term fantasy project I’d been working on ever since the beginning of my high school years. Finally, distraught and pushed to the point of anger, I began to research what traditional Catholics had to say about the authors I grew up loving.
What I found was shocking, but comforting. It gave me the courage to continue on with my projects and consult with my pastor about them. But more importantly, it opened up a whole new way of looking at my projects; more than just fun books to write on the sidelines of my life, they could be spiritually-oriented, driven by purpose and a passion for seeing others return to the truth.
And that’s why AlyCatAuthor is in existence today: to share my passion for my Catholic faith AND for fantasy literature crafted to help souls ask themselves the hard questions of life, to entertain and guide all at the same time.
If you want to learn more about me, my upcoming novel projects, or the traditional Catholic faith, you can consult my About AlyCatAuthor page, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next ship in.