Free-writing a YA novel about the Rosary & mystical experiences, with Stephanie Engelman

Free-writing a YA novel about the Rosary & mystical experiences, with Stephanie Engelman

Jun 10, 2022 | Export, Latest

Stephanie used to be Methodist and Atheist, before converting to Catholicism. Strangely, free rosaries kept showing up in her life. One day, she decided to free-write a novel, and used NaNoWriMo to get it underway. Rewriting is usually a slog, but this novel was a easy to write! Her publisher leapt at it. Stephanie’s story is proof that not all novels are treks through Mordor, but can be a breeze – perhaps! (Plus, learn about her upcoming graphic novel!)


Stephanie Engelman is a wife, mother, podcaster, and the author of A Single Bead, a Catholic young adult novel about the power of the Rosary.

ABOUT THIS SHOW: The CatholicAuthor Show
The show about Catholic fiction for ordinary, modern authors! We talk creed, craft, and co-creation, rooted in grit, grace, gods, and dragons. Let’s inspire your faith and your fiction!

00:00 Why Stephanie is Jenny Murray?
03:00 Welcome to the Show
03:40 Stephanie’s origin story
10:35 About ‘A Single Bead’
25:48 About Catholic
26:20 Why fiction is critical
31:41 How to avoid being preachy with fiction
38:14 How to reach Stephanie online
38:45 Stephanie’s one word of encouragement to authors

The creative community for the modern Catholic author. We’re helping Catholic authors grow, connect, and keep writing! Start your 30 day free trial with our community, then $5 per month.

FREE COURSE: How to be a Catholic Author
Helping authors write exciting novels, connect faith with fiction, and be a better Catholic!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your one friend you think would really like to see it. Come and join us in the free, Catholic community on | We’re free of trolls and ads and toxicity, faithful to the Holy Father Pope Francis and the Church, and committed to a culture of kindness and learning. Sound like you? Come and join us.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Dominic Vera

Founder of LegendFiction, and a total Wandery. Geeks over epics, mystics, science, the angelic, & Netflix. A young, Catholic dad and novelist passionate about worldbuilding and faith-inspired fiction. A graduate from the Writer’s Institute for Children’s Literature, self-published a children’s novel, and works as a full time marketer and graphic designer. Married, with a small girl and a smaller corgi. Website | See more of Dominic's posts

Join the list for our Digest of interviews and updates!

Join our private writing community and we’ll open the doors to a world of infinite possibilities. But if you can’t handle it, we’ll send you on a journey to the center of the earth to find your inner muse.

Paths of Legend