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

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(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

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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...]

Using the Shepherd’s Crook: Pope Francis Schools Evangelicals, the Media, and the Entire Catholic Church in One Sermon

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As a person going through a divorce, I took a deep, personal interest in the Synod on the Family. I was thrilled that my beloved church wanted to take a pastoral interest in the needs of its sheep.  I wanted to see good, sound and practical steps from the assembled church leaders on how to navigate the troubled waters of modern family life. Sadly, the whole thing almost got derailed by the so-called “mid-synod” report. Conservatives screamed bloody murder at some of the released remarks (I’ve ye … [Read more...]

Big Ole Announcement: Ave Maria Press Wants Me as an Editor.

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The past few days, I've been in South Bend, Indiana. Many of you asked why. Now, I can tell you.As of August 11th, I'll be taking a new position at Ave Maria Press as their new Acquisitions Editor. What will I be doing? I'll be searching, finding, developing and launching new writing talent. Plus, I'll be working with the amazing group of people that make up the editorial staff at Ave Maria to launch books into the world.What does this mean for my writing future? I'm on the verge of … [Read more...]

Geek Goes Catholic, Part Two: In the Lair of Richard Dawkins

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For four years, I spent time hanging out with atheists at The Ohio State University. I started a group called The Thomas Society (after St. Thomas the Doubter) where everyone was welcome. Our weekly meetings often consisted of atheists, agnostics, Christians, Jewish rabbis, and an odd assortment of students from campus. As I look back on it, I realize this sort of thing doesn’t happen much.During the meetings, I adopted a “no question off limits” and “no edit policy” with only one rule; you c … [Read more...]

Geek Goes Catholic: How Atheists, Comic Books and Eating Jesus Led me Home

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Prologue: Somewhere in the fields of Southern Indiana…Imagine, if you will, a boy. There is always a boy or a girl in these sorts of stories. He is blond and skeletal thin, running across the large green field beside his house. Star Wars, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Jesus are all jumbled up inside his head. If you asked him, he could talk about all three with equal passion.See him as he bikes around his small, Southern Indiana town. The world is alive to him, and somehow, he knows that G … [Read more...]

Geek Goes Oblate….uh…what’s an oblate?

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 Tomorrow, at noon Central time, I'll be taking my vows as an Oblate Noviate. Strangely, the Geek crowd is probably best equipped to understand what all this means. How so?Allow me to explain.In Geek culture right now, Game of Thrones, comics, and nearly every paranormal book contains some sort of "monk" like order within their respected "world systems". Some of these groups are forces of good and some, well, not so much. So, when I tell my fellow geeks that I'm becoming an … [Read more...]


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