As if most of us didn’t already know more than we ever wanted to know about pretend governor [sarc] of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, the lousy politician — judged solely by her win-loss record, of course — was at one time a “naughty novel writer” who actually penned three “steamy novels” under a pen name. Did you know that? I did not.
Then again, I’m hardly a Stacey Abrams aficionado. Chances are, neither are you.
Anyway, as BizPac Review reported, yes, prior to her failed Georgia gubernatorial run, Abrams was reportedly a “naughty novel writer” who enjoyed using “titillating” terms like embracing, bending, brushing, voracious, and turgid.
According to Vocabulary.com, as noted by BPR, “turgid” refers to something that’s “swollen, typically by fluids.” That, I wish I didn’t know. Particularly in reference to this story.
Moreover, Abrams wrote under the “sensual” pen name, “Selena Montgomery.”
As suggested in the tweet below, “Selena’s” “The Art of Desire,” “Rules of Engagement,” and “Power of Persuasion,” are the titles to be reissued.
— K.D. Waring (@BooksByKDWaring) May 4, 2021
Enter, Tucker Carlson. During a short segment on Tuesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Fox reporter Trace Gallagher stopped by with a report on the novels’ reissue for Tucker, and read a short passage from “The Art of Desire” as well.
“In their kiss, he tasted passion, forgotten chemistry, and her alarm at the loss of control. He felt her tremble as he kissed her hand in the moonlight.”
Tucker being Tucker — I say that with utmost admiration, in this case, because I’d do the same thing — vowed to read passages from the novels on-air after they’re re-released.
“We’ve got our producers on the case, and we’re going to have some dramatic readings for you because we can’t resist,” he said, as he laughed.
It occurs to me that I will never be able to look at Stacey Abrams the same way again — not that I was overly fond of looking at her before this. You know, the “lousy politician” thing.
Here’s a bit of background, via BPR:
The reason her books are being reissued is apparently because they’re currently out of print, meaning there’s no new supply […].
According to Gallager, copies of her book — which also include such salacious titles like “Hidden Sins,” “Secrets and Lies” and “Never Tell” — are selling for as high as $3,200. Speaking with … Stephen Colbert in 2019, Abrams [said she decided] to go by a pen name was because she and her editors had been worried that her more serious works on politics and other subject matter might turn off her potential readers.
“My name was boring — I wrote my master’s thesis on the unrelated business income tax. That’s what my editors thought. So we decided — and this was at the advent of Google, so if you Googled my name, you would have pulled up that and an article I had written when I was in high school on Mesopotamian astronomy,” she said.
“So it would have been like reading romance by Alan Greenspan or Alan Lightman, neither of which is exciting. So I came up with the pseudonym Selena Montgomery,” she added.
Abrams said in a statement about the reissue that her first three novels are most important to her, as transcribed by BPR.
“As my first novels, they remain incredibly special to me. The characters and their adventures are what I’d wished to read as a young Black woman — stories that showcase women of color as nuanced, determined, and exciting.”
“As Selena and as Stacey, I am proud to be a part of the romance writing community and excited that Berkley is reintroducing these stories for new readers and faithful fans.”
Will “naughty novel writer,” Selena Montgomery, turned lousy politician, Stacey Abrams, write any more “steamy novels”?
Alas, it appears the answer is no. As Abrams told The New York Times Magazine in 2019:
“I would love to, but right now what’s calling me — and what this moment demands — is that I figure out how I can be most effective in preserving and advancing our democracy and challenging the policies and the politics that are continuing to exacerbate poverty.”
Besides, being the pretend governor of Georgia is a time-consuming job.