Priscilla A. Maine

Priscilla A. Maine
Journey of the Eagle

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
November 14, 2005

Q.    Who is Priscilla A. Maine?

A.    She is a wife, mother and grandmother - a woman who dared to dream. For without dreams we live a hopeless existence.

Q.    What inspired you to write the novel Journey of the Eagle?

A.    A vision. Not a dream but a full fledged vision like our brothers, the Native American Indians.I believe everyone has visions though most of us never recognize them, and even fewer would admit it if they did. Not me. When the vision for Journey of the Eagle arrived I embraced it and scribbled down every detail I could remember.

Q.    How did you come about the title?

A.    The title and main characters were part of the vision. I didn't even consider changing it. For to me the eagle represents strength. My characters would need to find and follow their own path to happiness and for that they would need strength.

Q.    How did you come about Danielle Alexander character and her name?

A.    Danielle Alexander is the name of our youngest grand daughter. She possess all the characteristics I wanted for my heroine: loving, selfless, and a strong personality. Armed with these qualities, Danielle would deal with the unexpected alterations of her future with unflappable courage.

Q.    How did you come about the idea for Joel Riley and his wife situation?

A.    I needed a hero worthy of my heroine but in Joel's case I let him carry more baggage than most. Ordinarily the hero isn't married. I felt dealing with his wife's problems added an extra dimension to his character. While Jennifer Riley claimed to love her husband consider how many lives have been ruined or even destroyed in the name of love?

Q.    Who was baby Nathaniel real mother?

A.    She was captured and raised by the Indians. Beyond giving birth to Nathaniel she isn't important to the story.

Q.    How did you about Hunting Hawk and Dream Singer's characters?

A.    They were part of the vision and from that moment on they walked in my soul, telling me their story.

Q.    Are you currently working on another book?

A.    Yes, of course. I'm working on a two-part series based on factual events of my husband's great-great-great grandfather, Micham Main, who migration from Palestine, Illinois to east Texas in 1832. My characters will, however, be fictional.

Q.    What message would you like your readers to receive from reading Journey of the Eagle?

A.    Love is our greatest gift whither between a man and a woman, a child and a parent, neighbors, friends or even strangers. It should be nurtured and cherished. If given half a chance love will bridge gaps between cultural differences, age, and heritage.

While pursuing your own dream never destroy anothers in the process.

Thanks you,

"My great-grandmothers came west with a wagon load of dreams. They birthed and buried their infants alone, plowed fields, outlived husbands, survived dust-bowls and the Great Depression. It is their hardships, tragedies, and triumphs that inspire my writing."

...Priscilla A. Maine