Giancarlo “Ignazio” Giuseppe is an American author who has written extensively on sales and marketing issues. Additionally, he has authored several contest-winning short stories, and a controversial book titled “Mary Magdalene: The Lord’s Wife.” Mr. Giuseppe is a Christian Ordained Minister. He is also a graduate of Ohio State University, Loyola University, and the State University of New York. He is currently giving the finishing touches to his second book: “Mary Magdalene: Life After Jesus.” These books and its characters are based on a real-life case of PPD (Post-Partum Depression) where hypnotic regression therapy was applied. When he's not writing, Ignazio can be found speaking to religious groups about his controversial writings, and eye-opening posts. He spoke to us about his new book, “Mary Magdalene: Life After Jesus.”
What was your inspiration to start a writing career?
Regarding religious projects, for many years I considered writing about Jesus’ resurrection. I wanted to prove that it really occurred. Although I haven’t done it, it is my firm belief that Jesus is the son of God, and His father resurrected Him to glory to show the world that everything he said during His ministry is true. In my opinion, there are some historical facts that prove it is. When discussing the subject with a psychiatrist friend, he spoke to me about one of his patient’s hypnotic regression therapy sessions. During hypnosis, the patient, a young woman from New York, claimed she had been Mary Magdalene, married to Jesus. Only after listening to the tapes, and reading the medical reports, and transcripts, of the hypnotic sessions, I decided to go ahead with this project. The more I learned about Mrs. Peterson’s experience, and the fascinating issues surrounding her description of her life in Jesus’s time, the more I realized it was a wonderful opportunity to open my Christian eyes to a different way of looking at the Bible.
What are those historical facts you said prove that Jesus is the son of God?
I would consider at least six: 1) There are plenty of biblical and extra-biblical evidences about the existence of a Jewish Rabbi, named Jesus; 2) Jesus was crucified by Pontius Pilate; 3) Jesus was given a decent burial by a member of the Sanhedrin named Joseph of Arimathea; 4) On the Sunday following his entombment a group of his women followers found the tomb empty; 5) There are multiple attestations that followers and non-followers had close encounters with the resurrected Jesus; 6) The apostles changed from cowards, hiding to avoid the same fate as their leader, to valiant and courageous individuals ready to die for their beliefs. Actually, with only one exception, they died terrible deaths.
Do you believe in reincarnation?
The short answer is no. I believe there are many well documented cases where an individual shows the knowledge and characteristics of a dead person. How does this happen? I cannot tell; however, there are so many contradictions in the reincarnation theory that I cannot explain it rationally. In my book about Mary Magdalene, which is based on a real-life case of PPD (Post-Partum Depression), regression therapy was applied. Mrs. Alice Peterson, a Wall Street Broker, referred by her gynecologist, Dr. Louise Chang, is treated by Dr. Silverstein, a specialist in hypnotic regression therapy. During hypnosis, Alice reveals that in a past life, she was Mary Magdalene. I cannot explain how she accessed that information, but I do not believe she was Mary Magdalene. I am not alone. In my interview with members of Mrs. Peterson’s family, all of them agreed she sincerely believed she lived as Mary Magdalene in Jesus’s times, and she was his wife. None of them believe it to be a real case of reincarnation. Although I cannot explain how she acquired this knowledge, I am certain she had it. During thirteen hypnotic sessions, she described in precise chronographic, geographic, and historical details, her life in Jesus’ times.
What made you decide to write this book?
After going through the documents, those who don’t believe in reincarnation can easily be converted. Dr. Silverstein, a Jewish Bible student, became convinced she was telling the truth. I would modify the statement to say that she described what she believed to be the truth. Faced with questions such as: Was Jesus a poor carpenter, born in Bethlehem? Did he have other siblings? Did he believe he was the son of God? Did he resurrect? She answered these questions in excruciating details, because “she was there.” She tells Dr. Silverstein about the Lord’s real birthplace, his education, social status, youth, ministry, trial, judgment, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. She also tells him about their wedding, their daughter, her ministry, her disagreements with Peter, and her separation from Christianity. She portrays the life of Jesus from her perspective. It deviates from, and contradicts, the churches’ orthodox portrayal of the Son of God.
Are you a Christian?
Yes! I am a committed Christian, who believes in the divinity of Jesus, and the teachings of my faith. Based on early Christian, Roman, or Jewish writings, t Jesus did not marry or had children. I understand why for many it would not be considered possible, or tolerable, to believe that Our Lord was married. However, it wouldn’t change my belief if I found that he was married and had children. After all, we Christians believe that God became human in Jesus which is much more wondrous and startling. My youngest daughter – Betty – deplores that I am not going to heaven because of my book.
Did you always plan on being a writer?
Not at all. Although I never manifested it, I wanted to be a priest. Then, because of some circumstances, I ended up graduating from college as an engineer. I worked on this professional career for more than 15 years. Then, I started working in real estate, and as an entrepreneur. This is when I became interested in theology, and economics. Then, one evening, when I was attending a Jewish wedding, my friend Donald Silverstein, told me about this patient of his. After carefully reviewing the case, I decided to start writing. Mary Magdalene: The Lord’s Wife was my first attempt at writing as my career. I feel blessed that my first book is selling well; I'm not sure I would have had the patience to write another one.
Did you read a lot of religious books in preparation for becoming an author?
Sure, I read a lot, mostly while investigating Mrs. Peterson’s assertions, to make sure she was telling the truth. Most of my preparation came from reading the transcripts of the case, from my interviews with Mrs. Peterson and her family, and from reading the works of scholars.
What is the Mary Magdalene series’ genre/category?
When will your new book be released?
Please describe what the story is about in one sentence.
It is about Mary Magdalene’s life after Jesus resurrected and ascended. What did she do? Where did she go? How did she die?
Briefly, what led up to this book?
I had to finish what I started.
What was the time frame for writing your first book?
I took almost three years. Most of the time I spent researching names, people, places, etc. It took another year to put together the financial resources to self-publish it.
Do you have an agent? Who is he or she?
I don’t have an agent. One of my daughters – Nancy – helps me a lot. And she does not accept payment.
What were your 1-2 biggest challenges throughout the self-publishing process?
The first one is the money, especially if you have a job. For the first couple of years, I couldn’t write more than two hours per day. I was exhausted when I started. Then comes the wrong advice from family, friends, and even other authors. The more I did what they told me the more miserable I was. One day I decided to break free, and get my independence. At the end of the evening, I still felt exhausted, with a difference… I was happy.
Looking back, what did you do right?
Perseverance, persistence, determination, call it what you want, that is it! I just put in the work every day, regardless of how tired I could be. It works.
On that note, what would you have done differently if you could do it again?
If I had to do it all over again, I would have waited until I found a good agent who would find me a publisher. On the other hand, I’m not sure I would have learned what I had without that self-publishing process. Without a doubt, though, I’d love to rewrite Mary Magdalene. I am sure I would do better.
Do you have a platform in place? If you don’t, are you building one?
No, I don’t! And, yes, I am! I have a lot of readers who enjoy my writings for the eye-opening messages. So far, it seems my platform consists of those who don’t hesitate to talk about “that crazy guy who authored Mary Magdalene: The Lord’s Wife,” a reincarnation story written by somebody who does not believe in reincarnation.” It seems like a contradiction, it isn’t.
Do you have a Website?
Well, I have two.
All my social media accounts link from there.
Favorite movie, TV show?
Neither. I only watch documentaries about subjects that interest me. My favorite channel is YouTube.
Best advice for writers on religious subjects?
Even if you’re planning on writing religious fiction only, you have to be very methodical about researching every chronographic, geographic, and historical description. You’ll have a lot of readers who know much more about the subject matter than you do. Your work will be scrutinized to no end.
Something personal about you, that readers may be surprised to know?
I researched and wrote more than I should on my next book: “Judas Iscariot: Jesus’ Best Friend.” After almost completing the manuscript, I came to the conclusion that, most probably, Judas did not exist. I couldn’t get to publishing a book about a figure that I was unable to validate the existence of. I did not find a single piece of extra-biblical evidence to prove that Judas existed. Another thing: I don’t like sports!
All the work that I did on Judas will be taken advantage of for a new project on the times and lives of the apostles. I am thinking of calling it “The Apostles: What Happened After Jesus’ Death?” Next is a secret project that I will announce soon.