Humor / Religious Fiction

Meet Malcolm Tully, Reluctant Cult Leader

June 14, 2013
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Malcolm Tully, the young owner of a pastry shop in suburban Chicago, would never dream of joining a religious cult, let alone leading one. But when he starts a discussion group to liven up Saturday nights at the shop, events quickly spiral out of control.

Indie author Kathleen Maher

Kathleen Maher‘s book “Diary of a Heretic” is a comic novel about the outlandish rise and fall of Religion Without Rules, a spiritual movement with Malcolm as reluctant leader and Carlos, his pastry chef, as instigator and financial mastermind.

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Malcolm discovers his hidden talents for charismatic preaching and money begins to flow in. But as the movement outgrows the pastry shop and sprouts international ambitions, the foundations are wobbling.

Malcolm’s diary entries during the wild ride swing with his moods: from panic at being thrust onstage, to exultation as he gains confidence, to dark eroticism as his love/hate relationship with Carlos becomes physical, and ultimately to peace as the cult begins its inevitable collapse.

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The Indie Author Life

Do indie authors let their kids read their works-in-progress?

Kathleen Maher recently posted on Facebook, “Keeping The Kids Safe From My Writing”:

During the years in which my two children were growing up, I wrote the first few drafts of Diary of a Heretic. Last month, upon hearing it was available on Kindle, and that I’d greatly appreciate it if they bought a copy, and perhaps sent one to a friend or two, they said, “Wait–we’re allowed to read that?”
Yes. Now that they’re grown and live far away, they should feel free. I can’t recall ever forbidding them to read the pages littering our spare bedroom. I probably considered any injunction futile, because the family’s one computer, an early Dell model that they used for homework, was surrounded by Diary entries.
Still, what sensible mother would not prohibit her six- to sixteen-year old from scanning Malcolm’s diary? He is, after all, a grief-stricken young homosexual dependent upon an older man who manipulates him mercilessly into starting a cult religion. The interaction between Malcolm and Carlos shocked even me as I wrote it.
And yet, I find it almost unbelievable that any offspring of mine would heed his or her mother over innate curiosity.

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