Alex Marcoux is a bestselling and award-winning author of lesbian literature and the New Thought author of Lifesigns: Tapping the Power of Synchronicity, Serendipity and Miracles.
Author Alex Marcoux answers questions relating to her new thriller book, A Matter of Degrees from Bella Books. She admits that this is not typical lesbian fiction and in a candid interview discusses Freemasonry, the royal secret, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and much more.
The Bella Edition of A Matter of Degrees is due out March 17, 2014.
Your work has been compared to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. What do you think of The Da Vinci Code?
I loved it. It was a fun read! And I love reading books that force us to consider possibilities outside the box, or even out of our comfort zone.
When writing A Matter of Degrees were you influenced by The Da Vinci Code?
No. Not at all! A Matter of Degrees was written before Dan Brown's book was even published. A friend who had previously taken a sneak peek at A Matter of Degrees flipped out after she read Dan's book. It was then that she realized certain parts of my book weren't fiction, and she strongly suggested that I take a look at The Da Vinci Code.
A couple reviews of A Matter of Degrees suggest that you take The Da Vinci Code to another level. What is implied by this?
In A Matter of Degrees, I don't stop at the implication of the royal bloodline (Jesus and Mary Magdalene) and go beyond. The book gets into Freemasonry and world control by secret societies, I show the connection of the Masons to the Knights Templar, the royal bloodline, all the way back to ancient Egypt, and even ancient Sumeria.
I read somewhere that you were called, "Keeper of the Royal Secret." How does this relate to you?
It is my understanding that Freemasonry contains a secret, often alluded to as the Royal Secret. Some speculate that this mystery was lost ages ago in ancient Egypt during the legend of Hiram Abiff. Others believe that it was lost with the demise of the Knights Templar in 1307. Then there are some who suspect that the secret is alive and well and contained within the 33rd degree of Freemasonry.
In A Matter of Degrees, one of my characters (Jessie Mercer) is driven by an unseen force to solve the murder of her brother. But what's really driving her is her soul's purpose to uncover Freemasonry's Royal Secret. This is a karmic situation for Jessie, as in a previous life—in ancient Egypt—she had failed to expose the truth about Freemasonry.
Do you expose the Royal Secret?
I do reveal the Royal Secret which I admit sits outside most people's comfort zone. Including my own (at least it did when I first started doing the research for this book). Of course, this is my own creative conjecture on what secret would warrant the Masons to take blood oaths to protect. Is it the real Royal Secret? Do you think the Freemasons would tell me if it were?
When you were writing this book, did you have a particular message in mind for your readers?
I'd like it think of this book as a vehicle which encourages people to think outside the box, perhaps even out of their comfort zone. I think it's important to explore topics like spirituality, religion, history, or even world control. I love it when people read A Matter of Degrees and think, even for a moment, Could it be possible?
And for those readers who just don't like being outside the box, I hope they can enjoy the fun read.
Speaking of religion, what is your view on Christianity or religions in general?
My view on Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam or any faith is the same – it's all good! I believe there's a hundred different ways (religions) to seek the ONE God. Any faith, theology, philosophy, or doctrine which encourages us to seek Truth is admirable!
How did you get the idea for the book?
I used my creative process I reveal in Lifesigns: Tapping the Power of Synchronicity, Serendipity and Miracles to write this book. I think writers instinctively look at life to give us inspiration. In early 2000 I heard a comment at a writers' conference, and while it seemed absolutely outrageous at the time, I thought it'd make a good basis for a book. That's when I began researching the subject. And one of my strengths as a writer is my ability to marry my research with my creative imagination.
Is A Matter of Degrees a good read for all?
Absolutely not! In fact, if you're comfortable with your view of the world--don't read it. If you're satisfied with the world's existing systems (banking system, government, world religions, history, even humankind), do not read this book.
If you are expecting a lesbian romance – go read something else. Yes, one of the main characters is a lesbian. One of them is straight also. While it is considered lesbian fiction, this book is not about the lesbian lifestyle. It's about strong women on a journey of self-exploration and trying to save the world! Literally!
Is A Matter of Degrees an anti-Freemasonry book?
That is not my intention. Certainly, I write a lot about the Freemasonry and some may find the Mason's rituals portray the organization in a less than flattering light. I did my best to convey the rituals as close to accurate as my research permitted.
A Matter of Degrees is not intended to be an anti-freemason book. My deepest apologies if I offend anyone. It's my belief that there are many paths to the one true Light and Freemasonry is a very unique approach.
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