Do I Have to Give My Reasons Why?

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 aly@alycatauthor.com.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next ship in.

9 Comments

  1. Aly, I like that you are researching this topic and planning to write a fantasy novel yourself. I especially like the Naria series by CS Lewis as it helped me understand God better in the picture of Aslan. I look forward to hearing more from you.

  2. Wow, awesome. Love the focus and the combining of two topics. I have to say my favourite book genre is fantasy. I am yet to read all of the Narnia books though. My favourite series is The Belgariad and The Death Gate Cycle is a very close second. As a Christian, I’ve also struggled with where fantasy fits with faith, so this is really interesting what you’re doing.

    • Aly

      Hi, Juni! Thanks for stopping by! I read the Belgariad back in high school and LOVED it! It’s definitely on my re-read list SOON. =) I’ve never heard of the Death Gate cycle…I’ll have to look it up.

  3. Aly, I am fascinated by your subject matter and your purpose here at Alycatauthor. I am embarrassed to admit that I have never really read much fantasy literature. I grew up in a strict christian home, and was forbidden to watch or read anything involving sorcery, witches, wizards or other mystical creatures. And I guess I just never thought to start reading that genre as an adult, having not grown up with it. I am so thrilled to see you challenging these ignorant assumptions that all fantasy is bad or somehow evil and to infuse your own spirituality and wisdom into this genre. You have inspired me to broaden my horizons. If you could recommend one (or a few) great fantasy books to get me started, I would greatly appreciate it!

    • Aly

      Hi, Haley! So glad you stopped by. Don’t be embarrassed-many of my friends growing up were in similar situations. Their parents were well-meaning and cautious (which is probably better in today’s society), but sadly ignorant of the many good fantasies out there. Don’t get me wrong, there ARE fantasy books that are not worth your time, especially if you’re spiritually minded.

      To get you started, I would recommend Ted Dekker’s “Circle” trilogy. It’s more of a modern day portal fantasy (where the character can be present in two or more different worlds) and reads more like a thriller than your typical epic fantasy. It got me hooked on spiritual fantasy in high school, and I’ve devoured many of Dekker’s books since. Then, if you want to dig deeper into the past, I would recommend “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, the prequel to “The Lord of the Rings.” It’s an amazing standalone in its own right and holds a special place in my heart.

      Hope this helps you out, and thanks again for stopping by! =)

    • Aly

      It is easy to judge these books by their covers, but there’s so much potential for rich spiritual symbolism in fantasy-and the books that have pulled it off so well have a very special place in my heart. I want to encourage others to strive for that and elevate fantasy above the ‘evil fairy stories’ that many people see them as. Thanks for stopping by, Sandy, and I hope you’ll keep visiting- your love for fantasy and sci-fi will not be disappointed here. 😉

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