My name is Alan
Loewen (a writer's pseudonym). I am a happily married 52-year-old man with three boys ages 14, 12, and 9. My wife is a stay-at-home
mom and a dedicated homeschooler for our sons, so she is quite busy.
am presently employed full-time as a member of the clergy and I pastor two small country churches located near Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania. I have dreams of someday having half of my annual income coming from writing. I also occasionally moonlight
as a parlor magician which means I entertain small groups of people with illusions and sleight-of hand, but I'm no David Copperfield.
I also advise Christian non-profits on fundraising.
you written before Infinite Space, Infinite God ?
Actually, ISIG is
my first real professional sale. Everything else has appeared in what are known as "4-the-Luv" markets, but I'm still quite
fond of the stories that have appeared in markets like Pawprints Fanzine, Beauty From Ashes Poetry Review, Gateway SF and others. Since ISIG,
I have made another professional sale of a light children's fantasy coming out in the October, 2007 issue of Beyond Centauri
Magazine, published under Sam's Dot Publishing.
Mask of the Ferret and Canticle of the Wolf
come into being?
Canticle of the Wolf came from my deep respect for Saint Francis of Assisi.
Though a Protestant, I have learned the value of studying and emulating the deep, living faith of men and women who lived
out their devotion to Christ in ways that were selfless as well as practiced during times of great danger. I have a special
admiration for the Celtic saints such as Saint Patrick, Saint Brendan (after whom my eldest is named), and Saint Dubricius.
When I read the
legend of Saint Francis and the wolf of Gabbio, the idea of making the wolf a sentient time traveler and before I put hand
to keyboard the closing image the wolf saw of Saint Francis was one that came clearly to my mind's eye.
Mask of the Ferret has an interesting genesis. Ken Pick is a respected writer
amongst a small fandom in California. He had a character in search of a story and I had a story in search of a character.
I wrote the story and then sent it to Ken who turned it into a Ken Pick-style story and made it fit into his universe.
The reason we work
together so well is because of the mutual respect we have for each other and the reality that when I give him a completed
story, I trust him enough that I give up all emotional ties to my original. Ken has never failed to impress me with his rewrites.
I have one completed
children's novella that needs to be expanded just a little more to make it marketable. I also am working hard with Ken to
finish the novel of which Mask of the Ferret is only the first chapter.
I'm still a strong
believer in short stories and will continue to write and submit in that mode (I have two stories out now being considered
as I write this).
It is my hope the
literary world might see more of me and I'm working hard toward that end.