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Mike the Author’s Letter to Readers

April 7, 2011

Dear Readers:

We look forward to hearing feedback from readers both pro and con about our novel Prolifers. I have personally heard great comments from individual readers, such as: “I started to only look at it, and I ended up hooked on reading the whole thing”, “I stayed up until 4 am reading it”, “It was very interesting and informative”, “I cried at the end”, and “This is the truth”. As a writer of a creative fiction novel which aims to involve the reader in the fictive dream of the story, I am very happy my novel does succeed in having imaginative life in it which touches the imaginations, hearts and minds of readers. Another personal gratifying comment from a reader came to me when I told him that was my goal to involve the reader and he said:  ”You achieved it.”

Thanks, and thanks for reading my book Prolifers a novel, and caring enough to comment. I know one fate of my book will be that it will be ignored by many people, as abortion itself is ignored, such an important issue in contemporary life, but a non-existent issue for many people oblivious in their apathetic indifference to this great human rights struggle in the modern world, the struggle for the legal protection of the right to life of the most vulnerable human beings.

My hopes are not only that pro-lifers may find encouragement in the novel in their often overwhelming and discouraging work against enormous forces, but that people who are not interested, or somewhere in the middle, may come to see through reading the novel why abortion is wrong and how important pro-life is, and also that women who are suffering from a previous abortion experience may come to understand the abortion is a big part of their bad feelings now, that they are not alone, and forgiveness and healing are possible.

I also hope people who simply love reading a good novel will enjoy the story. For many of us reading an involving novel is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Mike O’Malley

Comments

  1. Marc says:

    Cool! Congrats on launching your book in the Philippines.

  2. Sonny Coloma says:

    Dear Michael and Christian O’Malley

    Thank you very much for providing me a copy of your very interesting book “Prolifers-a novel.” Indeed, it is one important reference material for those who wish to make a specific and meaningful stand on the issues raised by the Reproductive Health Responsible Parenthood Bill.

    My best regards.

    Sonny Coloma
    Secretary
    Presidential Communications Operations Office

  3. Jesse Robredo says:

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. O’Malley:

    We are pleased to receive a complimentary copy of your novel PROLIFERS.

    It will certainly be a useful and valuable reference to our Department, especially in keeping us informed about the negative effects of legalized contraception and abortion.

    Thank you and best regards.

    Jesse M. Robredo
    Secretary
    Department Of The Interior And Local Government

  4. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. says:

    Dear Mr. O’Malley

    This is to express my sincerest thanks for sending me a copy of your novel “Prolifers.”

    The book will indeed be a useful reference as we discuss further the Reproductive Health Bill.

    Thank you.

    Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., Republic of the Philippines Senate, Pasay City

  5. Joan Simpson says:

    Interesting to read about the inner thoughts and feelings of people on the front lines of pro-life.

  6. Sally Jenkyns says:

    Honest insights into pro-life. An important and worthwhile novel.

  7. Kimberley says:

    The suffering of women who have had abortions is portrayed with a sensitivity to the painful consequences. This novel shows a concern for the two victims of abortion, both the child and the mother.

  8. John says:

    Took me inside the pro-life movement of idealistic activists with their human failings, warts and all. The novel is an education.

  9. Chrissy says:

    For those who perceive pro-lifers as self righteous fanatics, the novel reveals some flawed human characters in their own inner conflicts, conflicts with one another, and their own struggles to survive.

  10. Beng says:

    Fascinating to read a story about ordinary men and women becoming social activists, and struggling with their own inadequacies and fears to do it.

  11. Nancy says:

    I thought it was very biased and did not respect freedom of choice at all. Pro-choice people are villains? The Manila Bulletin book reviewer was right, there is little concern in this book for the many reasons sincere people in good faith believe contraception and abortion are necessary. Women must have their full options and fulfillment as women instead of forced pregnancy keeping women down. The writer dismisses all the reasons for abortion as selfishness with his absolute morals. Another Catholic male who presumes he can tell women what is right for them.

  12. Jimmy says:

    Thank you for writing this book. Your book humanizes the pro-life movement, which is all about the humanity of the unborn children. But we pro-lifers are often dehumanized ourselves, demonized as terrible people all the time. Yet it seems from the Bulletin book review and Nancy’s comment, that nothing gets through the perceptions of pro-choice people committed to their own view of reality. I think we pro-lifers understand the people who believe in abortion rights. We just know they are wrong. Can the pro-abortion people understand the pro-life point of view and concerns? Some of them say they understand the pro-life worry about the rights of the child, but they still believe the woman’s rights come first. But some pro-abortion people just seem to think pro-lifers are religious fanatics to be dismissed and smeared. I get tired of it. I guess if two different contradictory opinions clash and each one thinks it is right there will not be much mutual understanding, only the conflict of continual disagreement. I have made my choice. I vote for pro-life and No to the RH Bill.

  13. Gilbert Samson says:

    hi there! thanks for the update. Im glad to hear that your book is doing good. It is a real eye opener to both sides, the church and the liberal society in general. I admire you both for your advocacy and i have nothing but high praises and hope that someday people would learn to be more simple and down to earth just like earlier times. I say this because of the advancement in technology and other modern gadgets, we fail to realize that these are just material things that would fade if something new comes out again. The real essence for me is to be more simplistic in our approach to life, learn to love more, understand more, and ultimately be contented with what we have. God gave us children to be living symbols of that reminder, we should be and always live simple and contented. Thank you for your time and May the good Lord always bless us and our families! my warmest regards!

    Guilbert Sherwin A. Samson
    Chief of Staff
    Office of the Hon. Ma. Victoria R. Sy-Alvarado
    First District, Bulacan

  14. student says:

    So simply written a high school student can understand it, and yet so deep it should leave everyone thinking.

  15. Sr. Louella says:

    Bless you for writing your novel. We don’t want to know about abortion, we turn away. Your novel explores abortion as its main theme. Some people will love the book, some will hate it, and others will not want to read it at all. It is very strong for the Philippines, but I’m glad I read it. The story reminds us that in the midst of all the hate and violence the heart of Christianity and of pro-life is love. Why else do pro-lifers get involved, if not out of love for the unborn children and their mothers? Your novel is a work of passion, it burns with that love between the lines. Mickey and Dolores for all their faults are on fire for pro-life.

  16. Ronald says:

    I am an English Professor. The pro-life strategy meeting with its discordant disagreements reminded me of something as classical as the opening chapter of Homer’s Iliad, with the Trojan War Council of the Greeks depicting the conflict between King Agamemnon and Achilles. The book for all of its apparent simplicity is solidly anchored in the Judeo Christian and Greek Roman heritage of western civilization. The story is a modern tragedy, evoking the Aristotelian catharsis of pity and fear, beyond the slogans and spin doctoring on the evening news. Your mythic use of some traditional Catholic Christian symbols is obvious, reflecting perennial Catholic culture many readers may find foreign to them, but Catholics will appreciate a modern Catholic pro-life novel on the abortion issue when most works of art today accept it. Situating your pro-life story in a creative fiction novel as a work of art with its many literary allusions shows the depth of our heritage. and the depth of the importance of the right to life within that heritage, now so sadly disintegrated, abandoned, and unknown. Thank you for giving us back a sense of true culture.

  17. Newcomer says:

    Thank you for this honest and exciting story. For a long time abortion has bothered me but I didn’t want to get involved. Now I know I want to. I know I have to get involved.

  18. Fr. Stan says:

    The down trodden pro-lifers are oppressed by the abortion establishment in your book, but it is those same lowly ones who are raised to transcendence of the fallen world. You have caught some truth there. That spiritual journey has always been the way of the Christian. We must descend so we may ascend, and become conformed to the image of Our Lord.

  19. Orthodox Catholic says:

    Every Bishop, Priest and Pastor should read this novel. Maybe they will be ashamed of their general failure to love and defend the unborn children and their mothers, and start to act seriously about the terrible abortion problem in our midst. This book is one of a kind, and could touch and help many people.

  20. Novel Lover says:

    Your book is simple but an ambitious undertaking, to try and write a creative fiction novel about a vast societal conflict as the main theme. I think you have largely succeeded in dramatizing the abstract ideas through your characters and story. It may not be a big novel like Tolstoy or Dickens showing all of society from top to bottom, but it has elements of those kind of social realist novels. Your smaller story is more like a sketch, an impressionist painting, but the reader gets the picture. To blend a realistic social documentary with the elements of a thriller, to take the quiet beginning of two women talking alone in a crisis pregnancy center to the public pandemonium at its apocalytic ending, it is a surprising novel. In this novel both sides are under siege, the abortion clinic and the crisis pregnancy center. The tightening tension and high drama of the final chapters was a literary hoot. You really pulled out all the stops and threw in everything. Your vision of an entire society damaged by legal abortion is an important and serious theme, but I could see you enjoyed the fun of novel writing and reading the way I do.

  21. Prolifer says:

    Tells a suspenseful story. We all know the abortion issue is ongoing and unresolved, but I kept wondering as I read what was going to happen next and how it would all end. Your pro-lifers are crazy wonderful people, just like the people I know. Your book made me both laugh and cry. Abortion is so serious, yet I couldn’t help be entertained by some of the characters and the storyline. The satire on Judge Burnside, Doctor Craigenback and the newspaper publisher was priceless. I can’t believe you made all this up. I hope your book does not get banned in Canada. Can that still happen? I don’t think the abortion system is going to like this book one bit.

  22. We love you Mother Mary says:

    The characters are complicated real people. I imagine a group discussion about the personalities and actions of Mickey, Dolores and Sadie, Dora and Sara could have many different opinions. Judge Burnside and Dr. Craigenback are more simplistic villains, but even they express some ideas that are worthy of public discussion, whether they are true ideas or not. In my opinion Michael O’Malley has fulfilled the vocation of the novelist as truth teller examining the society we live in. The story made a deep impression on me. It may be an overworked word, but I think it is true to say many readers will find parts of this story unforgettable. And if you are a Catholic who has a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, his prose poem combining many historical features of well known Marian apparitions is beautiful.

  23. Been there says:

    A very human story of struggle, failure, defeat, and loss, but also of faith, courage and redemption. A simple novel anybody could read. A tired woman coming home on the bus from her workday could read this story, yet the writing is also sophisticated, rising in places to a dark poetry of human suffering and unexpected beauty. Thank you for showing me I was not crazy in my pain after my abortion. Maybe I was crazy in some ways, but I found a way out. I knew I was not alone after I found the love of Jesus and forgiveness in the Church. I wonder if women who have had abortions and are still in some denial over it would benefit from reading your book. Maybe in the privacy of entering into the story of a novel with aborted women characters they could safely think about things, feel some things. Or maybe your book would be too much for them. I could take it because I had gone through the healing process and worked through my abortion, although it still stays with me the way you describe an abortion stays with a woman for a long time. That would be wonderful if some woman who had an abortion and never knew all the side effects on her body and soul came forward for therapy after reading your novel. Even more wonderful if many women could relate to the story. With millions of abortions done over the years now, there are millions of aborted women, many not dealing with it at all. For a man you have written a woman’s book that I really enjoyed with the emphasis on relationships and conversations. The action was exciting too when everything finally came to a head.

  24. Linda G. says:

    I enjoyed the chapters of your book you sent me in jail when they did not let me have books, but in the end I can’t endorse it. I think you highlight the divisiveness in pro-life too much. We don’t need to publicly expose that.The pro-life movement is not going to get behind your book, And I can’t stand the comments against the Jews. Our Jewish brothers and sisters have suffered horribly. I know the character who says that is a racist character who is shown up for it, but why is it necessary to include that? Pope John Paul and Pope Benedict both went to the Holy Land to support the Jews, and Evangelical Christians support the state of Israel. And you repeat the stereotype of self righteous Christians in pro-life thinking they are better than other people. And pro-life crisis pregnancy centers are not deceptive as you portray in your book. That is another stereotype and false accusation from the pro-aborts. How can you expect any support for your book if you alienate everybody on both sides?

  25. Joel Goldberg says:

    I have met Christians in pro-life who say negative things about the Jews, and self righteous pro-lifers who feel morally superior to other people. O’Malley is only telling the truth. Old attitudes of prejudice can still exist. He is a challenging writer who is not spin doctoring. There is one thing pro-life and pro-choice have in common. They both want to seize the moral high ground and have good images in the news and criticize each other. The way O’Malley suggests we are all involved in the culture of death is worth thinking about.

  26. Tracy says:

    I’m glad you come out against violence in your book, and support the non violence of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, but there sure is a lot of violence in your plot.

  27. I love Mother Teresa says:

    The violence is reality too. I can see why the writer chose the Mother Teresa quote on his website homepage and as the epigraph at the front of his book, that the violence of abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace and love in the world. Mother Teresa also said abortion will lead to nuclear war. If we can kill millions of unborn children one at a time with no respect for their lives, eventually we can kill millions all at once with the bomb cheapening their lives. She also said if a mother can kill the child in her womb what can stop the rest of us from killing each other? So his book about abortion shows how it leads to violence everywhere. That’s a worthwhile theme. How many people are aware of that, that the incredible violence in the modern world, a world of terrorism, can find its roots in abortion?

  28. Maria says:

    I volunteer in a crisis pregnancy center, and I can assure you we do not deceive women. We love and help women and their babies and stand ready to give them the support they need in a difficult time in their lives.

  29. Yvon says:

    I can see the complexity of some of the moral issues the author is exploring, like whether crisis pregnancy centers are deceptive or not, and if they are if even that could be morally justified. I have seen that there are some crisis pregnancy centers which do deliberately cultivate a neutral image, such as the Pearson Institute, and others which condemn the Pearson Institute, such as Birthright. In my experience in pro-life the vast majority of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers are not Pearson Institute neutral image centers. I’m sure many Planned Parenthood supporters will criticize the abortion scene in the book is not realistic either, not the way most abortions are done. But the writer is entitled to tell the story he wants to tell. If his book is about a deceptive crisis pregnancy center and a violent abortion, that’s the story he is telling. Aren’t all abortions a violent assault on a woman and child, no matter how clinically and smoothly done? It is only one book about a few characters, a fiction novel. It doesn’t have to reflect on everyone in pro-life or pro-abortion. The question is whether there is any universal truth in his particular story. What I like best about the novel is the passionate commitment of the pro-lifers to our cause for the unborn children. He has certainly caught that and expressed it so you can feel it.

  30. Lydia says:

    I agree with Yvon. This author Michael William O’Malley, I don’t know who he is, but his novel really was surprising to me in the themes he explores and the story he tells. I expect the immediate reaction to his book may not be favorable from many people, but in time people might appreciate that this is a deep book. I want to read it again to see how he set it all up to arrive where the story does at the end. Pro-life is a great movement, and deserves a great novel someday. At least O’Malley has tried to write a serious novel on this serious theme of the pro-life conflict with legal abortion. How often do you see pro-life treated with the seriousness it deserves? How often do you see a novel or movie or TV show with openly and explicitly pro-life values? They are mostly all pro-choice.

  31. Elizabeth in Canada says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story and have lots to say about it. I found it gripped me immediately. I especially found the dialogue very powerful. I was completely and emotionally engaged with the characters. The novel was an excellent read and I feel much more informed about the Pro-life movement and its struggles with church/court.The vision at the end was like God’s gift to the protagonist, the light at the end of the tunnel, after so many debilitating defeats and disappointments. I was very moved by the hope of Heaven.

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