About CatholicAuthor

A SmartCatholics project, by Dominic de Souza

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Why CatholicAuthor is different to many other Catholic writing groups.

There are many groups already out there. Maybe you’re part of them. But most of them are created by Catholics, for Catholics, about Catholic themes.

We’re not.

  • We’re not here to help fill our shelves with more ‘Catholic’ fiction.
  • We’re not here to create more ‘safe’ stories, that seem to affirm a particular cultural lifestyle.
  • We’re not here to endorse fiction full of healthy Catholic morals and family values, for all ages.

We have a paradoxical purpose.

CatholicAuthor exists to help authors stop writing Catholic fiction.

CatholicAuthor exists to help authors write fiction.

Our craft is inspired by our creed, but it is craft first. We are grounded and pulled by our sacramental embrace of everything God reveals through his creation. Everything.

We are exploding the silly idea that ‘Catholic’ is another label, another ‘us vs them’ mindset. That is is a constriction on creativity.

Being Catholic is a relationship with reality, all of it. And reality doesn’t have a label. It just is. And so we try to be too.

We’re not ‘better’ than other groups. Just different. A different mission. We’re focused on the modern Catholic author, passionate about publishing or crafting compelling fiction, in the modern world.

We’re putting down our swords, and using our pens to bring people together. To enlighten, inspire, and share. Not to argue, or compel, or build walls.

Many leave the Faith disenchanted, soured by the poor witness of our lives. More bluntly ‘Catholic’ fiction isn’t the answer.

We need to fascinate and thrill with hope and humanity, with dark stories and antiheroes, with sacrifice and sin, and the full human condition.

It’s not for everyone. And that’s fine. Few things are for everyone.

We see our fiction as a frontier, digging deeper and pushing higher than other stories. Not because we’re better. But because we believe this:

God is not in competition with his creation, but reveals himself through it. In every time, place, person, and culture. The role of a Catholic Author is to be the weaver of re-wilded enchantment in an age of greyed boredom and pointless pain. To walk the wilds of truth, beauty, and goodness.

CatholicAuthor exists to help more authors be better Catholics, write better stories. To create more Catholic-inspired fiction, for the modern reader.

Sound like you?

Read through the free course ‘How to Be a Catholic Author.’ It changed our lives. Maybe it will change yours.

And then, join us.

Welcome letter from the Founder

Welcome to the most exciting journey in the world: being an author. And on top of that, being a Catholic author.

We are a fortunate few, filled with the creative call, passionate about folk and fields that no one else can see or hear.

But many of us live under a cloud of unease, unsure how to integrate our Faith with our fiction. Perhaps afraid to connect our witness with our worldbuilding. We have heard a call to explore a deep and challenging idea. To go on an inner adventure to find and fight dragons.

CatholicAuthor is the beginning of a new journey with Catholic fiction authors. We want to fill each other with confidence that you write almost anything you want to, go anywhere and tell any story you’re inspired to tell.

Our modern generations have different questions, different viewpoints, to the past. That’s why we should celebrate classical literature, but need more. A diet made up of the past blinds us to the present. A diet of only current ideas unroots us from ourselves.

The Catholic author sits on that thin line between past and present. We drink deep of the ancient past of Christian heritage and insight, and wrestle with the new themes and cultures of our current world.

We always circle a core idea; God is not in competition with his creation. In fact, he reveals himself through it. And since time exists within him, he acts across lives and aeons. We cultivate the longer vision, not the quick win.

Sound like you? That’s amazing. We can’t wait to meet you. Join us.

Dominic de Souza
Founder

A SmartCatholics Project

SmartCatholics is one of the fastest-growing communities to support Pope Francis, help Catholics regroup, and create resources to renew our hope. We’re free of trolls, ads, and toxicity. Together, we’re building the future of free, online, Catholic education.

This CatholicAuthor community is hosted inside SmartCatholics, and adheres to it’s vision and code of conduct. Learn more about SmartCatholics

Dominic de Souza

About Dominic de Souza

A young, Catholic dad and novelist passionate about worldbuilding and Catholicism. I’m a graduate from the Writer’s Institute for Children’s Literature, self-published my children’s novel, and work as a full time marketer and graphic designer.

I am married, with a small girl and a smaller corgi. Novels are my first love, and CatholicAuthor is a home for us to chat about faith, fiction and writing fun.

As much as Sunday School bored me as a kid, the last ten years have been the fanning of a slow fire, the hunger to see a greater Catholic contribution to the world of novels and storytelling. We stand in the  middle of a vast renaissance of culture that hasn’t stopped from the 16th century. In our very century, our Church has also integrated these great needs for renewal within our tradition.

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