The book, the mayor - and me, aged 18.
My Name is Val Wineyard and I have written a book called "The Mayor That Was Me."
I am already a published writer, specialising in the history of Languedoc, the mysteries of the Corbières, and the historical study of Mary Magdalene.
Generally, I write as an observer, researching and studying history.
But this time, I am looking inwards. I have been writing The Mayor That Was Me for more than ten years, collecting information and thinking about all the implications of my personal story. I began to feel ready to "put it out there."
The book describes a personal reincarnation experience. There were coincidences: too many to be coincidental. Some appeared amazing; for example, my previous life visited Rennes-le-Château and knew the priest there, Bérenger Saunière. No wonder I had written so much about the Corbières where Rennes-le-Château is situated, in Languedoc, in the south of France.
It seems I am linked to this region of Languedoc in a very special way and I hope this book will inspire you, as writing it inspired me.
As well as my personal experience of reincarnation and its possibilities, I was intrigued by the story of my previous life. What sort of person was he? He was an Occitan poet. And so I became involved in the Occitan culture here in Languedoc; a way of life usually hidden from English-speaking people and from tourists. I hope you too enjoy the articles about Occitania, as the region is sometimes known, and its culture, on this site. Welcome to my world!
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Buy the Book
“The Mayor That Was Me” is size A5 with a full colour wrap-around cover. The front cover includes a picture of the funeral of my previous life, and an inscription made to him by a fellow Occitan poet. There are 222 inner pages in black and white, well illustrated with some 60 photos.