Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mary Magda-who?

She's been a harlot, a disciple, the purported wife of Jesus and mother of the bloodline of Christ. Mary Magdalene, the woman behind the throne, has been a figure of intense debate for time out of mind. Her eternal mystery has inspired books, movies, and countless tons of hate-mail to authors and biblical-archeologists around the globe. Thanks to Mary's mainstream appeal, the general populace has become aware of, if not intrigued by, her story and her now infamous influence over the life of Jesus Christ.

Who, then, would Mary Magdalene be if seen through the eyes of a fantasy author with a penchant for literary mischief? That's exactly what we're going to find out...

In writing Sword of the Christ: Book One, I've had the most trouble (though it's really been more of a challenge than a trouble) with the development of Mary Magdalene. I've pretty much known where Jesus was going to go, what he would do, and who he would be since the inception of the story-seed, but Mary has been as elusive a figure in my mind as she is in the Bible itself.

The Roman-Catholic church has officially stated that Mary was NOT a harlot, a prostitute, or a woman of the night, and has been misrepresented for all these years. Unfortunately for her reputation, Ms. Magdalene will once again be branded a hooker, and for good reason too.

I really wanted to see Mary's character change and evolve over the course of the first book and the series that follows, but I knew that she should be a person that readers will instantly relate to and want to know more about, and maybe befriend in the darkest corner of some dusty Arabian bazaar.  And so, through the book, Mary will transition from a proud prostitute into a role that readers might find a little more stable and endearing. I do make the promise that she'll never lose her fierce sense of independence and her need for equality. I'm sure she'll make a hell of a role model.

For those of you who may be interested in some deeper, secret, hidden meaning behind the book and the characters, well, I'll go ahead and hit you with it. Mary is, at least in part and maybe not yet this part, designed to symbolize the Mother figure of the sacred feminine: the maiden, the mother, and the crone. Anyone want to take a guess as to where the other two phases of the female cycle will show up?

Thanks for reading, and remember, if you'd like to actually read this epic novel, this biblical bonanza, this blasphemous tome, then visit www.swordofthechrist.com and JOIN the REVOLUTION!

-E. St. Sinn

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Capital Offence

Some may think that what I'm doing is blasphemous. Maybe. Some think that it's downright wrong. Probably. To be honest, from my point of view, the story of Jesus is as fluid and changing as any other tall tale. It's been passed along from one gospel-writer to another, from one version of the bible to another, and each person who reads the story of Christ will take away something personal, something unique from the story.

Everyone has a different point of view, but I decided to write mine down. I'm in no way saying that my version of the story is better, more accurate, or more spiritually sound. I think I could get away with saying that my Christ is more relate-able, more human, and the story might be more entertaining than the original. If, by saying that or by writing this novel,  I've offended anyone of the Christian persuasion, well, I can't spend the rest of this life apologizing. 

Please, dear readers, consider this your only warning. Keep an open and adventurous mind as you read Sword of the Christ: Book One. If you don't, you might end up critically offended.

-E. St. Sinn

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hallelujah! The Blog of the Christ is Alive!

Thank you for reading the "Blog of the Christ", the online diary and discussion of the writing and publication process of the fantasy novel series, Sword of the Christ.

My name is El St. Sinn, and I'm about halfway through the writing of SotC (Sword of the Christ):Book One. The series will consist of three books, each detailing a different portion of the life of Jesus, the Christ. These books are written for those with open minds, and are not necessarily of a christian slant.

Book One begins with the nativity, and brings in the fantasy element in a very big way. I believe that Christ's story, the story of Jesus as the son of God in the flesh, the savior of mankind, lends itself to a fantasy retelling.

Jesus, the chosen prophet of Judea, battles demons, performs miracles, and learns about himself and his world as he makes the transition from a troubled young man to the sword-wielding Son of God.

Please, follow along with us on this biblically epic journey.

Visit www.swordofthechrist.com and JOIN the REVOLUTION!

-E. St. Sinn