I was born into a nice, very Catholic family and grew up in Central New Jersey. I am married to Christian musician, Ken Perry, and we have two hilarious, brilliant, talented sons.
My imagination and mad writing skills were developed at an early age, thanks to my Dad reading us great stories when we were kids like the The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, the Little House on the Prairie books, Bible stories and stuff like that; the amazing TV shows and movies I was exposed to (classics like Godzilla and other cheesy monster movies, The Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, The Muppets, everything on PBS, every manner of cartoon and great sci-fi and fantasy shows like The Twilight Zone, Ray Bradbury Theater, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the V series, The X Files, MST3K and of course all the great action shows of the ’80’s), and encouragement from teachers and family who saw ability where I saw a hobby. I wrote for my high school newspaper, wrote loads of short stories in college and always kept a notebook by my side to catch the ideas that would pop into my head randomly. I never did stop writing, but it didn’t occur to me that it was important to me–I just kind of “did” it.
My entire professional career thus far has been in the Catholic Church, working as a Pastoral Associate, as a Coordinator of Children’s Catechesis and then back to Pastoral Associate. I have written prescripts for RealFaith TV, write blogs for Catholic365, Geekdom House and Peanut Butter and Grace and am periodically commissioned to do presentations for local parishes and diocesan offices for catechists and pastoral ministers, as well as having served on several Diocesan committees. I have a B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in English Literature from Georgian Court University and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College.
My family lives in a rural setting where we try to live simply as a holy family (as much as we’re able) with my parents, our cat, dog, chickens, lizards and hamster. I am learning Martial Arts with my older son, which is awesome. I read whenever I can–my favorite authors being C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and all the contributors to the Bible.
I write about whatever interests me; so it could be about anything–but it’s usually in the context of my faith because I am, by nature, a catechist. I hope that something I write will make sense to someone, and perhaps even make a positive impact. Please look for by book “Comic Con Christianity” which will be published by Paulist Press sometime near the Spring of 2018.