Our Illinois lawyer Timothy Capps has just been interviewed by the literary magazine Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art and Faith, about his new genre-bending novel Judging Angels released by Hope and Life Press last month in paperback and ebook editions. Click here to read this great interview and learn about “a fully fleshed-out urban fantasy world based on Catholic theology (dogmatic and speculative), that also explored serious moral dilemmas that don’t always end well for the moral agents involved.”
We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, June 1, 2017, our Illinois award-winning death penalty defense expert and Catholic author, Timothy Capps, Esq., will be speaking about his newly released novel Judging Angels and his work on the Fiat Ministry Show with Kent Kuholski. The show, which can be found here, will air at 9:00pm EST. It can be accessed live on Fiat Ministry Network TV and all their social media channels including Periscope.
We are pleased to announce that our Notre Dame alum and Iowa Catholic novelist in the Melitensia genre Marie Ann Dean will be speaking live about her books, the historical fiction novel The Jeweler’s Polish and its sequel, the supernatural fantasy The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory on Thursday, January 26, 2017 on EWTN’s radio show Morning Glory at 7.15am Eastern Standard Time (EST).
We recently had the opportunity of interviewing our Maltese-Australian author and Melitensia writer Rupert Grech, whose second book Musings and Mutterings of a Maltese Misanthrope was released by Hope and Life Press in September. Here is the interview for your enjoyment.
1) When did you first start writing?
Must have been when I was about three years old and my mother tried to teach me to write my name. No, just kidding. Actually, I had to do a lot of writing of reports, policies, programs, submissions and that kind of thing while working as a school principal, albeit it being more factual, rather than creative writing. Sometimes, however, it did have to be a little on the creative side of things, if you catch my drift. Often the writing had to be clear, articulate and persuasive. While at one small, regional school in the countryside, I had to write a piece every week in the school newsletter. This newsletter was as close as the town had to a local newspaper and was read by almost the entire adult population of a few hundred. I wrote in that newsletter for six years and I believed that in trying to make it interesting every week, I also honed my writing skills to some degree. They even had a mailing list of expats to whom they sent the newsletter. When I left that school to take up a principal position at a larger school, I received a lovely letter from a regular reader; fan mail! I would also get regular feedback about my contributions from the locals. I also wrote a weekly column in a local newspaper in the Blue Mountains area for a couple of years where I reviewed live bands that performed in my hometown. My first attempt at purely creative writing was when I started on the first draft of my first book Stories My Parents Told Me: Tales of Growing Up in Wartime Malta. That was around 2011, I think, and the book was published in 2013.
2) What is the story behind your latest book of satire, humor and reminiscences Musings and Mutterings of a Maltese Misanthrope?
A grumpy, middle-aged man moves house and during the process gets his old record player working again, after it had been inoperable for many years. While listening to cherished LP’s of his youth and polishing off an entire bottle of good red wine, certain songs and record albums retrieve dear recollections of formative events in the past and memorable people known. Meanwhile, funny and frustrating days keep occurring in his contemporary life that often expose a very Maltese set of sensibilities.
3) What motivated you to become an author?
The reason I started writing was to record a story that my mother had told me about when she was a young girl in Malta during World War II. I always thought it was an amazing story, but when I told it to people, I rarely got the reaction from them that I thought the story deserved. I figured that I must not be doing the story justice by narrating it orally, so I decided to flesh it out and write it down as a short story. I encouraged my parents to tell me other stories about their childhood during the war in Malta and wrote them down as well. It is very satisfying these days to hear people say how moved they were by my mother’s story as this was the original motivation for writing it down.
4) What is the greatest joy for you in writing?
Following on from the last answer, by far the greatest joy I experience is when I receive feedback from readers who tell me they were moved to tears or were made to laugh, or just plain enjoyed the writing enough to contact me and thank me. That is just great and I love it when that happens.
5) Do you recall the first story you ever wrote? What was it like for you?
The first time I started writing creatively was cathartic for me. I had been thinking about all the stories my parents had told me for some time. Then, one day during my Christmas holidays, I woke up and decided that I would make a start by writing them down. I became obsessed. I wrote all day and most of the night, only taking short breaks to eat, sleep and take a walk to clear my head from time to time. I wrote the first draft of all seven short stories of my first book in six days. Even now, when I start a short story, I do not stop until the first draft is finished and find that I lose all sense of time. Later, I revise it many times over until I am happy with it.
6) Where did you grow up? How did that influence your writing?
I grew up in the poorer neighborhoods of inner Sydney as a very young child and later we moved out to the working class suburbs of far western Sydney. Ironically, I moved back to the inner city when I attended university. I suppose everyone who writes has their background reflected in their writing to some degree. This last book, my second one, certainly illustrates a lot of personal foibles, values and attitudes.
7) How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
I like travelling and reading. I also play guitar, bass and sing. Mostly, I have a very relaxed lifestyle these days. At night I like to listen to music. When I am living in Valletta, Malta, I go out several times a week and listen to the plethora of live music available there.
8) What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read a wide variety of books. Both fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy reading biographies and memoirs of people with extraordinary lives and I enjoy short stories as well. I just finished reading Fortress Malta- An Island Under Siege 1940-43 by James Holland; I am currently reading Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis and have just ordered a book of short stories by an author I have been wanting to read for a long time: Where I Live Now by Lucia Berlin.
9) What are your plans for the future?
Well, doing more of the things I enjoy: travelling, reading, playing and listening to music. I am considering a trip to Japan next year, a place I always wanted to visit. I am also thinking of tackling something other than short stories in my next book; possibly a novel or novella. And continuing to spend each year between Valletta, Malta and the Blue Mountains in Australia.
Here for your reading pleasure is the interview given by New Jersey chiropractor, teacher and Catholic author Brian Kiczek, D.C., about what made him write the recently released devotional book Help for Suffering Humanity: Mary, Help of Christians (Hope & Life Press, 2016) and his faith in God. Please click here to read the whole interview.
On Monday, August 29 at 7:15am EST, our latest author Brian Kiczek, D.C., of New Jersey will be speaking on EWTN Global Catholic Radio’s Morning Glory about his book Help for Suffering Humanity: Mary, Help of Christians, which shall be released that day to the general public. Help for Suffering Humanity will available for purchase starting August 29 in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers. Pre-orders are now being accepted.
Click here to listen to the great radio interview given by our Iowa novelist Marie Ann Dean on WVIK’s Scribble on 8/20/16, where she speaks about the small Mediterranean island of Malta, its culture, what it takes to write a successful novel, and her recently released historical fiction book The Jeweler’s Polish (Hope & Life Press, 2016).
Following hard upon the heels of her two book signings this past weekend, which generated great interest from the public, our Iowa novelist and Notre Dame alum Marie Ann Dean will be interviewed by Don Wooten on the NPR program Scribble, about her recently released Catholic historical fiction novel The Jeweler’s Polish. The program will be aired on the Quad Cities – WVIK 90.3FM on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 12:00pm CDT.
Christopher Villiers is one of our British authors who is also a theologian and a poet. Here he speaks about his faith.
Who is God for you? God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (2 Cor 5:19) and He wants me to live with Him for all eternity as an adopted child in His family. It is through the person of Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit, that the invisible God becomes truly visible in a personal sense. Of course, God is infinitely more than we can imagine Him as being, but divine revelation gives us enough. God is not a mere amiable vagueness or vague amiability, but someOne with a mind and will of His own who calls me to glorify Him and everything in relation to Him.
What does it mean for you to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? It means to follow Him wherever that may lead, to seek to understand Him, and to do His will. Loving Christ is not a sentimental thing. It means following him to Gethsemane and Golgotha, it means a kind of death, in order to rise again in Him. The Jesus of the Gospels can be a rather terrifying figure – He is no chummy chat-show host or anodyne salesman of family values and general niceness (vide Lk 14:26). My personal relationship with Jesus means that I know that I should not abandon Him, although sometimes I shall abandon Him and need to repent, and that He shall never abandon me. I would also like to make clear as a Catholic that my relationship with Christ is rooted in His mystical body the Church, built on the rock of Saint Peter and most fully represented in the Catholic faith. My relationship with Christ commits me to relate with my brothers and sisters in Him, including of course Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians – indeed, all sorts of people I would not ordinarily relate to in a million years. Christ calls us to communion with Him, but also with each other in Him. Continue reading “Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers speaks about his faith”
Here is the interview with our latest Catholic author, the Notre Dame alum Marie Ann Dean of Iowa, as found at CBS-San Diego, whereby she speaks publicly about what made her write the 5* Catholic historical fiction book The Jeweler’s Polish and her faith in God. Interview is also found on FOX, NBC, International Business Times, Miami Herald, Star Telegram, LA Daily News, Erie News Now, Sacramento Bee, Contra Costa Times, Concord Monitor, Pasadena Star News, Columbus Ledger Enquirer among others. Please click on the first link above to read the interview.