About the Author

Early Life

Pedro Gabriel was born in October 12, 1984, in Oporto, Portugal.

Since an early age, Pedro showed a great affinity for the written word. He learned how to read at 4 years of age, was writing short stories at 6 years old, and finished his first novel at 15 years old. This novel would win the First Honorable Mention for Prose of the “Ferreira de Castro” National Award of Youth Literature, in 2001.

During the course of his studies, Pedro became proficient in the English language (he won first place in his school’s “English Olympics” in 1997), and also in Castillian / Spanish. He can also understand Italian and French.

Also during his younger years, Pedro became fascinated with biblical stories and ancient mythology (particularly Greek, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian). He was an avid reader of Homer, Shakespeare, Milton, and Dante. Already in his adulthood, he discovered Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Chesterton, Charles Williams, and Joseph Ratzinger. These would become his main influences, both as a fiction writer and as a Catholic apologist.

Pedro graduated as a doctor in 2008, and became an oncologist in 2015. His medical work moved him to think deeply about human frailty, both physical and spiritual—a topic which would recur often in his writings.

Creative Writing and Fiction

Even while studying medicine and oncology, Pedro never stopped honing his skills as a writer.

In 2013, Pedro released his first published novel: “O Profeta e o Anticristo” (“The Prophet and the Antichrist”). This book would receive theological critiques and acclaims from Theologica, (the journal of the Theological Faculty of Braga of the Portuguese Catholic University), and Vox Portucalense (Oporto’s diocesan newspaper).

Later on, Pedro would pursue his dream, inspired by Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion”, to write his own mythology. In 2021, he published “Ironcraft“, his first book in English, and also the first installment of his Chronicles of Dumah series.

Catholic Apologetics

Beside his fiction writing, Pedro was also interested in matters concerning Church affairs and Catholic theology. The constant mischaracterizations in secular media against Pope Benedict XVI—whom he admired greatly—moved him to create his first Catholic apologetics blog, “Crónicas de uma Peregrinação” (“Chronicles of a Pilgrimage”) in 2008.

After Benedict’s resignation, the mischaracterizations did not cease, but moved on to his successor, Pope Francis. Paradoxically, it was no longer the secular media who attacked the pontiff, but formerly faithful Catholic media. This created a void in the Catholic online world of people willing to defend the Holy Father.

For this reason, Pedro became a co-founder of the international Catholic apologetics website Where Peter Is in 2018. Later on, in 2022, he would publish his first apologetics book: “The Orthodoxy of Amoris Laetitia“, a systematic refutation of the arguments against this papal document.

Online Journalism

Pedro’s contributions for Where Peter Is led him to the path of investigative journalism. In 2020, during the Amazon Synod, a controversy erupted around a wooden statue that would have allegedly been worshipped during a ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, in the presence of Pope Francis. Pedro’s investigation led him to conclude that there had not been any idolatry during the ceremony, but that the natives had bowed to what they believed was a representation of Our Lady of the Amazon.

This, and other scoops that Pedro was able to unearth during the course of his contributions to Where Peter Is, made him conclude that he should also write investigative journalism. Therefore, in 2021, Pedro completed the Internet Journalism Course from the London School of Journalism, with honors.

Nowadays, Pedro Gabriel remains committed to writing quality content, both online and on paper. He wishes to continue publishing fiction based on his favorite mythological and theological themes, that may be enjoyable and inspiring to religious and secular audiences alike. He also wishes to continue writing apologetics, so as to help those who may be struggling with their Catholic faith to find answers to their questions. Finally, as a truth seeker, his aim is to produce journalistic pieces that will be both topical, accurate, and original. 

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