Kathleen has spent twenty years researching the legends surrounding the Gospel of Mary Magdalene on four continents. She has immersed herself in the culture and folklore of Mary Magdalene, which is primarily an oral tradition that features an ancient prophecy about the coming of “The Expected One,” a special seeker who has been chosen by divine providence to bring Mary Magdalene’s long-hidden message to the world.
1. Favorite comfort food: PB and J. There’s really nothing like it when the jam is strawberry and the milk is cold. If I’m feeling really in need of comfort, then add Lay’s potato chips. And three days at the gym.
2. Weirdest thing you like to eat: French fries dipped in bleu cheese dressing. Reminds me of high school, at Bob’s Big Boy after football games.
3. Favorite TV show and/or favorite movie: I love reality TV: the cheesier, the better. It is the ultimate escape for me—gets me away from the intense, cerebral nature of my research. Give me a Project Runway marathon when I’m stressed out and it’s better than therapy.
I could keep you here all day in terms of films. I love ensemble movies like The Big Chill and The Breakfast Club, but my “go to” film has to be Chocolat. Something about that combination of French magic and Johnny Depp with long hair and an Irish accent just works for me. And for the record, I loved Johnny Depp before he was Jack Sparrow. We’re talkin’ 21-Jump-Street-Cry-Baby-Johnny-Depp.
4. If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else currently living, whom would you pick? Hmmm... Great question. I think for me it’s more about waking up in the brain of somebody else. In that case it would have to be the current Pope, because then I could access the Vatican archives, particularly those that are off limits to anyone but him! I would open that third prophecy of Fatima and see what it really says, then find out all there is to know about “Pope Joan,” the woman who disguised herself as a man so she could teach in the Church, but not until I found that evidence that Jesus and Magdalene were married which several priests have sworn to me exists there somewhere...
5. 3 things you never leave your house without: My cel phone (boring, but true), tarot cards (there is always a deck in my purse—did you know that tarot cards were created to tell the story of the bloodline in late medieval Italy?) and a notebook that my kids refer to as my “Grail Diary.”
6. Last movie you watched: The Matador, with Pierce Brosnan in the role of his life. Loved it.
7. Man (besides hubby) you think is too gorgeous for your peace of mind: Isn’t George Clooney pretty much every woman’s imaginary boyfriend? Because for me, gorgeous is every bit as much about personality, humor, strength of conviction and integrity as it is about that chiseled face. And Clooney seems to be all about those things in my book. Oh yeah, and Johnny Depp, of course. But remember that I saw him first.
8. Book you’re reading right now: I’m always reading several non-fiction books at a time for research purposes. My focus at the moment is a rare British biography of Matilda of Tuscany, an astonishing woman of the middle ages. For pure recreation, I allow myself historical fiction IF and only if it’s not in my genre or subject matter. My escapist novel at the moment is the latest from Philippa Gregory, The Boleyn Inheritance. I cheated and got an advance reading copy from my publisher. Loving it.
9. What one toiletry item could you never live without? Eek. Choosing between moisturizer and a toothbrush is like choosing between oxygen and water. Can’t I please have both?
10. Which famous person, now dead, do you wish you could have seen naked? Oh my! I’m a classic rock and roll kinda gal, so I’m gonna go with Jim Morrison. Or maybe Jimi Hendrix.
*Tune in tomorrow for a very interesting two-part interview Trollop conducted with Ms. McGowan. Till then!
**BBC discussion has been moved to start Monday, October 2nd.
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