We've recently talked about Mary Whitney's novel, A Political Affair.

Today we're meeting one of the main characters...drum roll please...Senator Helen Sanders!

The book is now available: http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/books/detail/71
Good morning, Senator Sanders. Would you please introduce yourself to our readers who may not be familiar with your story?

You’re not familiar with my story? But I’m sure you’ve heard my name before. I’m Senator Helen Sanders from Idaho. My family has dominated Republican politics in Idaho for a few generations. Of course, I’m the first woman to have risen to this high of an elected office. 

What are you going to sacrifice in order to achieve your goals?

To be honest, my goal in life is to sacrifice nothing. My father was a World War II buff, and he always quoted General Patton to me. The goal of war is not to die for your country. It’s to make the other guy die for his.

What do you expect from your partner in a romantic relationship?

I expect unconditional love and allegiance. This is why I love my fiancĂ© so much—he’s devoted to me.

What do you consider are your strengths?

I think my greatest asset is my ability to get people to do things they don’t want to do. I also won’t take “no” for an answer. I always get what I want.

What's the best thing your political career has given you? And the worst?

Politics has given me power—the power to change people’s lives. It is a huge honor and responsibility. Unfortunately, being in politics has also made my personal life a public matter. Believe me. I could do without that.

Would you tell us something we don't know about your writer -- Mary Whitney?

Mary Whitney is a bleeding heart liberal, but she simply adores me, so I can’t fault her too much.
Thanks, Senator Sanders!

Author Bio:

Even before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.

Summary of A Political Affair:

Stephen McEvoy never expected to fill his father’s U.S. Senate seat at such a young age—or to fight to keep it. When clever Anne Norwood interns in his office, Stephen dismisses her as another pretty face—until her independent streak catches his attention. They’re both too smart to fall for one another, yet they do. During a tough election, their relationship is an impossible political gamble. Campaigns—like love—are either won or lost.


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