Nita Hughes
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Author Interview

For a fascinating journey through time and across cultures, turn up your speakers
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the Cathar people and the mysteries surrounding their "spiritual treasure".

Following is an edited transcript from a newspaper interview.
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Q. How would you describe the books that comprise The Cathar Legacy?

There are currently two books in the series which can be read individually or together.

The first book, Past Recall, is unique in how it presents two intimately related but totally different stories.

The first is a historical tale of Clotilde and Jean de Mirepoix. As devout members of the Cathars, a gentle religion group, their 13th century life involved great love and peace, and a secret that was to spell their doom.

Threaded within the tale of the past, is the modern day story of Dana Palmer and Eric Taylor. While on assignment to create a photographic series on the sudden resurgence of interest in the Cathars, Dana and Eric discover a destiny beyond time, one whose mandate place them, and the world, on the brink of salvation or destruction.

Q.  It sounds fascinating. Do you intend to examine more such mysteries - perhaps that of the Templars?

The research for Past Recall was like pulling on the threads of a Persian carpet and it led to all sorts of colorful historical mysteries, including those of the Templars, Rennes le Chateau, and the bloodline legends of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail.  In Past Recall, these subjects were enigmatically dangled as part of the greater mysteries that are delved into and developed much more deeply in The Cathar Legacy.

Q:  What did you most enjoy about writing the Cathar books?

One of the most compelling aspects of the story was the great secret of the Cathar treasure , one that the Inquisition deemed more valuable than gold - or perhaps oil in our time. The unthinkable fact that whatever its mystery, it was so powerful as to warrant the targeting and destruction of all heretics in a reign of terrorism that lasted hundreds of years. On the lighter side, I delighted in discovering what has been described as a period so advanced that, had it been allowed to flourish, could have hastened the Renaissance by several hundred years. It was a time of great inclusivity in the south of France - a time of troubadours, of women owning property and having full rights, of Jews, Gypsies, Cathars and Counts all coexisting in harmony.  And last, but certainly harder to explain, was my discovery that there is today such a sudden rash of books and interest in the Cathars, adding to the puzzle of when and why and how the past can tweak the present. 

Q:  If readers would like to read up on the history of the Cathars, are there any books you would recommend?

Unfortunately, much of what is available is hypothetical since the Cathars left no writings or artifacts to be exhumed. The records of the Inquisition, as recounted in the best selling book "Montaillou" by LeRoy LaDune, provide a factual account of a Cathar village during that terrible time. Another book, "Cathars" by Yves Rouquette, not only provides Cathar fact, but weaves it with the pure enchantment of poetry.

Q:  Are there any authors that you would name as influences?

Jack Finney for his deft blending of two time periods, Katherine Neville for the erudition with which she weaves her tales of a mystical quest, and that master storyteller, Ken Follett.

“Past Recall is a compelling romantic mystery.  Its magnetic narrative treats us to spiritual wisdom and historical fact.  Nita Hughes’ mystical passion informs, entertains and inspires readers, while providing us with an antidote for a problematic future.”

Karen Horowitz, co-author of
Witness to Illness

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