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