Something I’ll Never Forget

Maria Ereni Dampman Author Interview

The Prodigal Daughter follows a husband and wife who navigate the labyrinth of a society that doesn’t tolerate dissent in order to escape. What were some ideas that you wanted to explore in this book that were different from book one?

The Governor’s Daughter mainly focused on Emma and Declan’s relationship, and how two people from very different walks of life can fall in love despite potential grave consequences. I wanted to expand on that theme, and The Prodigal Daughter gave me a great opportunity to delve into how the fall of American Democracy affected more than those in the Premier City. We already saw in the first novel how women became the property of men, and minorities were forced to live outside the city walls in a constant state of semi-starvation and extreme poverty. Now we get to see how a city that refused to kowtow to the Committee was punished, and how the deadly rebel group, known as the BSB, came to be.

In this novel, I was able to get into the minds of characters of different races, sexual orientation, and beliefs. I also delve deep into the ideology of morality, especially when it involves doing one’s duty in their specific careers. Ranging from soldiers to a minister, we see how they balance their moral conscience during a time of war. I wanted to explore the idea of what is morally right or wrong during times of war and oppression.

What scene in the book was the most emotionally impactful for you to write?

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but we lose some major characters in this novel. One scene in particular, when Declan euthanizes a dear friend who is beyond his ability to save, really got to me. The passage where he remembers a discussion about euthanasia with a veterinarian friend was a conversation I actually had when I was a veterinary technician with my boss. It was a major eye-opening moment when he called euthanasia “the final treatment option” because it’s the last medical treatment in their arsenol to treat pain and suffering. It’s something I’ll never forget.

What were some challenges you set for yourself as a writer with this book?

Overall, it was a tough novel to write, as there were a lot of questions that needed answering, and of course, I had to raise a bunch more for you to ponder over before book three comes out! I wanted this novel to be inclusive, to show how people can band together and fight for what’s right, and that all the things people let divide us really don’t matter. I wanted every reader to be able to see themselves in at least one of our heroes, and to hopefully get involved in a way that can hopefully prevent this saga from coming true. As bleak as much of the tale is, I wanted this part of the tale to end on a more hopeful note while still holding on to the gravity of the topics. I want people to understand there’s still time to get involved, and most importantly, to vote.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My Mother’s Daughter will be the third book in the Daughters of the New American Revolution series, and if the stars align, will be released next summer. This one is a particularly difficult novel to write, and I will give a lot of backstory about how women were a major part of the creation of this new government. We get to know Emma’s mother, the pitiable Louise, and of course her grandmother, the formidable Mother Barbara. The story continues with Emma and Declan and the BSB on the run, and by the end of the novel, I promise you will finally get to meet the infamous Trinity. It’s going to be a true whirlwind, so hang onto your hats!

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They thought she was a quaking fool,
a grief-stricken “girl” incapable of concocting a plan.
Oh, how wrong they were.

Years of enduring their abuse have made Emma stronger, smarter, and more sure of herself. With a sharp mind and quick wit, she managed to get herself out of situations in the past that seemed impossible.
With the eyes of the nation on her and the consequences for her actions greater than ever, can Emma find a way to save herself again?

After sacrificing herself to save her brother and husband, Emma finds herself surrounded by bloodthirsty bounty hunters eager to claim their reward. Knowing her crimes are more than enough to get her executed, she has but one chance at freedom before being returned to the Premier City and her furious father, the newly-promoted Interim Supreme Archon.

While Emma fights for her life, her husband, Declan, is dying. Knowing Declan doesn’t have long to live, his loyal friend, Adam, takes him to the one place with people who can save him, but doing so is practically suicide. The ruined city “that no longer has a name” may have been walled in and destroyed, but an active patrol, ready to kill on sight, combs the rubble for the remaining elusive members of the resistance group known only as the BSB.The members of the resistance are not the only ones whose lives hang precariously, as those in the Premier City are also on edge. Edward James Bellamy has no intention of giving back the throne should Ryan Gregory recover from injuries incurred the night the National theater collapsed.

At first, everyone in the nation believes Bellamy to be a safer, saner choice, but then, he sets into motion a series of events that will make him the most feared leader yet. With the threat of an upcoming rebellion knocking on his door, Bellamy’s determination to stay on the throne will leave everyone in the nation in grave danger, but none so much as his prodigal daughter.

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