Hellllllo readers, it’s the weekend and I’m currently in Loughborough watching the X Factor whilst typing this and I haven’t seen anyone I like yet? Is this something everyone feels (just a note it’s the only thing I can find that is entertaining but not distracting) because I have a fantastic post to share with you. I’m here today with the brilliant William Hazelgrove and his brilliant book Madam President: The Secret Presidency.
After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years; yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, Mrs. Wilson dedicated herself to managing the office of the President, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband.
Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington, D.C. circles at the time–one senator called her “the Presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man”–her legacy as “First Woman President” is now largely forgotten.
If you had to describe your book to an alien species what would you say?
I would say my book is about the real first woman President who ruled the country from 1919 to 1921. Her name was Edith Wilson and her husband had a stroke and the public was never told. She took over with only two years of school and having only been married to the president for four years.
Where do your ideas come from?
Reading about Historical events gives me a lot of my ideas.
Do you work to an outline or plot, or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I prefer just to let the ideas take me along. I keep an open notebook to sketch out the days next scene.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding the time
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The Research – it’s a time consuming part of writing a historically based book.
Finally, where can me readers keep an eye on you and your work?
You can visit www.williamhazelgrove.com or follow me on twitter @rocketman46
So there you go a lovely little interview with a fantastic author – if you fancy getting a hold of the book you can click here. Otherwise have a fantastic weekend lovely readers.
3 thoughts on “Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove”
Not only did I not know of this – neither did my historically brilliant husband. He’s wikki-ing the whole subject as I type… Thank you for sharing this!
I love this comment! Such an interesting insight isn’t it 😀 xx
Ooh what do you know, learn something new everyday, I never knew that! Lovely interview!