Thursday, August 26, 2010

Catholic Fiction

What is Catholic fiction? Is it strictly fiction about Catholic characters? Fiction written by Catholic authors? Perhaps it's fiction that doesn't contradict the Catholic faith. Maybe it's simply fiction that Catholics tend to enjoy.

June of this year Jimmy Akin put up a list of his top ten. I'm quite happy to use his list as a springboard, after all, he's the guy who wrote that captivating post on the morality of zombie bashing:

I'd add, in no particular order...

Regina Doman's Fairy Tale novels, which are very Catholic and incredibly enchanting.

Karina Fabian's Magic, Mensa, and Mayhem. It's a witty and fun adventure with a dragon and a nun. Check out all of her writing, really, that's just my favorite. :)

John McNichol's The Tripods Attack! It's an H.G. Wells-like steampunk adventure with a Martian invasion starring a young fictionalized G.K. Chesterton.

The list would not be complete without the John Paul 2 High series. Though I haven't read them yet, I've heard great things about this Catholic young adult series.

Awakening, by Claudia Cangilla McAdam is about a modern teenage girl thrust back into the time of Christ.

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a must (though he wasn't Catholic).

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (You saw that coming, didn't you?)

G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown mysteries as well as The Man Who Was Thursday.

Obviously, you should check out the other titles by these authors. These are just my top picks.

Syzygy, by Amanda Borenstadt. Thought I'd sneak my own in there. ;)

I hope others will add to this list. It's far from complete (I whipped it out in a few minutes) and it leans considerably toward the young adult modern. So, add what you'd like. Maybe pitch us your own short story, novel, or Catholic fiction or poetry blog. I'll add it to the list. :)

Here are some more resources that you may enjoy:

Catholic Fiction Blog

Debra Murphy's list on Catholic

The SciFi Catholic

I'm eager to review or do interviews for books and I'd love for somebody to host something for my novel. I'm new at this and so might be somewhat stupid, but I'm nice. :)


Monday, August 16, 2010

New Born Baby: Mogli and New Novel: Syzygy

Mark, over at Smashwords, (who must be working toward sainthood), fixed my format problems. My niece's baby was born. (Both processes took nearly 42 hours) Now all is right with the world. :)
Come by, come try, come buy.

Quick synopsis:

When the leader of Finn's clan orders him to kidnap Bea, Finn falls crazy in love. He risks his life by betraying his clan to protect her.

Bea is a plucky twenty-year-old Catholic with a passion for posting vlogs (video logs) on herYouTube channel and doting on her best friend, Sam. Sam's naive and good natured, but there's more to him than his bright blue eyes and blond hair would suggest. His cool-headedness and devotion to those he cares for will prove a godsend when danger is upon them. Over the course of their adventures, he comes to suspect he has a calling to the priesthood.

Finn's a computer-nerd trapped in a broad-shouldered and super strong body. "Super" is not an exaggeration. Finn is one of the Fir (pronounced feer) which means his strength and speed surpass those of ordinary men. But Finn would give up those traits to be rid of the other aspect that makes him a Fir, the bloodthirsty madness that possesses him each month.

Aaaaand here are some cute pics of my girls hold my new grand-nephew.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Saint Relics and My New Novel, Syzygy


The heart of Saint John Vianney recently came to a parish near my home. Yes, his actually heart.

Soon, Saint John Bosco's right hand will come to a nearby church. That's encased in a wax replica of his body. (More on St. Bosco in a moment.)

There are three relic types:

First class relic: A body or body part of a saint.
Second class relic: Something used by a saint.
Third class relic: An item that has been touched to a first class relic.

Catholics throughout the ages would get flak for their "obsession with death." Naw, it's an obsession with life. Because we believe that our bodies will one day be raised from the dead, we treat the bodies of our dead as special. And the body parts of a dead saint are very special. They are to be venerated, or honored. (They are not worshipped. We only worship God.)

More at the Catholic Encyclopedia on relics.

It's a long article, but you get to read a story from 156 about Saint Polycarp illustrating early evidence of relic veneration.

The Bible Christian Society links are worth posting again.
Free audio cds and tapes. See the one called, "Communion of Saints."
Or as a free download:

Oh, I nearly forgot; I was going to tell you more about Saint John Bosco. He lived in the eighteen-hundreds. He worked with homeless and at-risk boys. They say he had a dog named Grigio who may have been an angel in disguise. And you know what else? He knew how to juggle. Way cool! I love this saint so much that his name appears in my novel, Syzygy. One of the characters names himself after this awesome saint.

I don't typically use this blog to shill my stories, but in this case it's appropriate. Syzygy is my urban fantasy/paranormal romance (depending on how you want to look at it). Three of the main characters are Catholic. Before the end, one even contemplates the priesthood.

Here's the official blurb:

When the leader of Finn's clan orders him to kidnap Bea Jones, Finn falls crazy in love. He risks his life by betraying his clan to protect her.

Finn Wilde is a computer-nerd trapped in a broad-shouldered, super strong body. He's one of the Fir Na GealaĆ­, whose strength and speed surpass those of ordinary men.

He'd give up those traits to be rid of the other aspect that makes him a Fir, the bloodthirsty madness that possesses him each month.

The story is told by an alternately pensive then manic patient in a mental hospital. His identity and the truth of his tale won't be revealed until the end.

Syzygy is ready and waiting for you at Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. See sidebar for links. It's only $1.99 and you can read a sample at the sidebar or at any of the vender sites.
My target audience is upper young adults (because of heavy swearing and some tough emotional issues with the young mental patient) but it upholds values and I think it will appeal to adult fantasy readers. The religion is not in-your-face at all. It's full of humor (albeit, a little dark at times), excitement, romance, friendship, and mystery.

It's an ebook- It will work on your computer as well as an iPhone, iPad, Nook, Kindle, Magic Shamrock, etc.

My niece Jasmine did the fine artwork. :)
Can you see the details in the top picture? Bea is holding a Rosary. :-D