10 Questions with Patrice Chaplin

1. Your book “City of Secrets: One Woman’s True-life Journey to the Heart of the Grail Legend” is an incredibly intimate memoir. Was there any hesitation on your part about sharing your past?

I did not hesitate about sharing what is published but it isn’t complete by any means. I wanted to give a sense of the power of the relationship. Also I had written about Jose before in “Albany Park” and “Siesta”.

2. The story primarily takes place in Girona, Spain. Would it be wrong of me to describe “City of Secrets” as a love letter to Girona?

Right! Definitely a love letter to the place and the man at that time.

3. “City of Secrets” is so personal, do you sometimes find doing all these interviews a little, cold or disconnected? Do you ever want to just yell “This is my life, not just a book!”?

I am used to doing interviews and some are better than others. Let’s say some interviewers bring out new stuff by their attitude and questions. Others are not at all on the wavelength and have an agenda of their own.

4. How did finding love in Girona evolve into seeking out answers with regards to the Grail?

That is what the book is about. Going from that first powerful connection to the much later research which was not without a certain danger.

5. This won’t mean anything to those who haven’t read “City of Secrets” yet, but I have to ask, for me, do you ever regret not going up the mountain with Jose?

I have been up other “mountains” metaphorically with him and they can be catastrophic.

6. A number of your works have been translated into films or for the stage. What’s it like watching someone take your work and reinterpret for a different medium?

I can see what a director does to the writing and concept and go running from that place – Or I try to reconnect with them and the intention of the piece. Sometimes I have to admit “the enemy” has a point – other times what they bring, the directors and actors, makes it a different but excellent work. Ultimately you have to give it over and trust.

7. I went to The Internet Movie Database online to read about “Siesta”, the movie based on your novel of the same name. Under “Memorable Quotes” was this line, “The marvelous thing about making mistakes is that you can keep making them, the same ones, over and over again.” Is that yours? Because it’s fantastic!

No, that quote is from an artist friend I knew who truly lived on the edge.

8. “City of Secrets” is so cinematic, has there been any interest in turning it into a film?

Yes, but I distrust “options”. The work can get lost. I’d rather give an option of time and take the book back if its gone nowhere.

9. What is your next project we should be looking for?

A book about the journey of the intiates from Girona to the portal following a Venus Magic Square under the Constellation The Great Bear and Seven Stars with 11 sites. It takes 2-3 weeks and is a journey of evolvement – sometimes not easy with accounts from 4 initiates in the 1800s and one in 1956 – it’s a continuation in part of “City of Secrets”.

10. Parting shot! Ask us here at The Magical Buffet any one question.

Is a portal the next phenomenon taking over from interest and fascination in the Grail? I have heard from a high initiate that the Grail is “the key” or “activator” to open and enter a portal.

The Grail and Portals are both items of interest in spiritual circles. I think the recent interest in the Grail: what is it, what it did/does, etc. has started getting some people to wonder if there is or could be a connection. I’ll leave it to the experts to decide.

About Patrice:
A writer and playwright, Patrice Chaplin has written over 25 books.
Her novel Siesta became a film starring Jodie Foster and Isabella Rossellini. As a Bohemian in Paris she spent time with Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Married to Charlie Chaplin’s son Michael, in Hollywood she worked with Lauren Bacall, Miles Davis, and Salvador Dali. She lives in London. To learn more visit her website.