This month author Joan Wolf treats readers to her rendition of Mary Magdalene's story in Daughter of Jerusalem. According to RT reviewer Kerry Sutherland, Mary is a character who "comes alive at the author’s hand." We were intrigued by Wolf's tale of love, loss and Mary's relationship with Jesus, and went to the author to learn more about what motivated her to write about a woman who has fascinated people for centuries.
Daughter of Jerusalem, my novel about Mary Magdalene, was in the back of my mind for a long time before I finally felt ready to sit down and write it. Mary is a fascinating figure, and has been so down through the ages. One of the reasons she is so remarkably interesting is that she is one of the very few women in the gospels who is actually named. Jesus interacted with many women during the course of his ministry, but most of them remain nameless, evidently not of enough interest to the evangelists to deserve identification (they do name many even minor male figures, however).