TABC 2015 Wrap Up: A Story about Mr. Potato Head


 Hey Everyone,I could bore you all with my navel gazing self important reflections on my time at Teen Author Boot Camp 2015. I could brag about my class or meeting Brandon Sanderson and Jessica Day George? Really, are you all that interested in that? Do Brandon and Jessica need the hype (amazingly nice people though they are, staying two hours after the event to make sure everyone's book got signed). I thought not. Instead, I'm going to give you all an example of what it's all ab … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: David Powers King


   (So, tomorrow, I leave for Utah right after work. David Powers King will be our last interview for TABC and its a great one! Stay tuned to this channel for more TABC coverage. David talks about his new novel, Woven, and how important worldview is to any writer)  What started you on the writing path?I had a very cool idea pop into my mind when I was 13. I was getting into science fiction, and I had a hard time finding stories that I could connect with. So I wrote the ad … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: Matthew Kirby


(Back In September at Salt Lake City Comic Con, I had dinner with a bunch of awesome authors, including Matthew Kirby. We talked about a lot of things from C.S. Lewis to the struggles of being a writer. Really appreciated him and his take on things. So, it's a pleasure to present this interview for Teen Author Boot Camp 2015. His new book series, The Arctic Code, comes out April 28th. )What was the one event in your life that got you into writingThe single most important event to my own … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp Interview 2015: Co-Founder and Author Lois Brown

Robbed of Soul

(The countdown to Teen Author Boot Camp is now at ten days. Rumor has it, over 625 teens have signed up for this conference. Lois Brown, one of the co-founders, has written an amazing book, Robbed of Soul,  that she is really launching at the camp. Below, she gives us her thoughts on writing, never giving up and working to be a better writer)  What was the one event in your life that got you writing?I really didn't think I'd become a writer professionally until I started college. On a whi … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: Co-Founder and Author Jo Schaffer


 (What better way to start our Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Coverage than with two of its founders? First up is Jo Schaffer, whose book,  Against Her Will, releases today! So, go buy it.  She has some pretty fantastic thoughts on writing, her worldview, and how young writers can have fun. Plus, she will be doing a panel discussion and book signing at the King's English in Salt Lake the night before TABC). What was the one event in your life that got you writing?There re … [Read more...]

On The Road with the Dark Bride….(on second thought, that might be a BAD idea) and a cool contest!

 Well, it's been a long and strange road to get here. But, finally, the second book of the 3 Gates series, Dark Bride is here.To that end, my excellent publisher, Open Road Media, my agent Amy Jameson, and myself are planning sort of an epic book road trip/launch/craziness.Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Dark Bride Crazy Road Tour of 2015. And you can participate too!So, all this madness will begin on April 8th, when I leave my day job at Ave Maria and drive west. Yes, … [Read more...]

Catholic Imagination Series: How I started Writing Catholic Science Fiction And Fantasy

Created by Damon B. Shackelford

(I am delighted to introduce Karina Fabian who will become a regular contributor here at The Rogue. She is a fantastic writer who founded the Catholic Writer's Guild. In light of the Catholic Imagination that I'm going to be exploring at The Rogue, I thought it was appropriate this would be her first article here. Enjoy! J-)I never intended to write Catholic science fiction and fantasy. I didn’t even know such a subgenre existed. I had not yet read Canticle for Leibowitz or heard of Father A … [Read more...]

Musings on the Future of the Catholic Imagination Conference


It’s been one year since I was confirmed in the Catholic Church with a bunch of junior high school kids. That glorious day brought to completion a long journey that began in my intense love for novels. While it’s true that my time with atheists at Ohio State had a significant impact on my faith journey, it was not the spark that ignited the inferno. Rather, my journey to Rome began in my own imagination when I realized that all my favorite fiction writers were either Catholic (Percy, O’Connor, an … [Read more...]

Still Getting Hit, Still Moving Forward: My Continued Journey Toward Full Time Writing

Working On A Notebook With Hand Injury

This past summer, I wrote a post about the ups and downs of my exciting, thrilling (foolish?) decision to pursue a career as a full time writer. With a little inspiration from my friend, Rocky Balboa, I decided that if I was going for it, I was really going for it - with all the painful agony, but hopefully joyful rewards on the other side.Almost exactly one year ago, I finished the first draft of my debut novel, Hitting for the Cycle - the most challenging and fulfilling creative endeavor … [Read more...]

Taking on Scott Farkus: Standing up to Your Bullies.


 In writing my YA novel, Against Her Will, I had to immerse myself in some sad realities. The story follows the struggles of teens in a psych ward who battle their inner demons in a place where not everything that happens is for their own good. As a nurse in a facility, co-author, Serita Stevens, has witnessed the sometimes horrific outcome when young people have been the victims of mistreatment. The book has strong themes about bullying and the dire consequences it can have.In … [Read more...]