Hillary Clinton says her debut fiction thriller looks at an administration of ‘near criminal incompetence’
Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming political thriller will follow a fictional former presidential administration whose “near criminal incompetence” leads to a global crisis.
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee shared more details about “State of Terror,” her fictional co-writing debut with novelist Louise Penny, hitting shelves Tuesday.
“This book started really out of a conversation that Louise and I had,” Clinton told “CBS Sunday Morning” in a clip released Friday from an interview poised to air this weekend.
“I asked, ‘What’s your nightmare?’” Penny said.
In the book, a pair of middle-aged women team up to try to defeat a terror threat that’s been “carefully planned to take advantage of four years of an American government out of touch with international affairs, out of practice with diplomacy, and out of power in the places where it counts the most.”
“This is a wake-up call for anybody who cares about America, the world,” Clinton — a vocal critic of former President Trump — said, according to CBS.
In an interview alongside Clinton, Penny said that anguish brought her and the former secretary of State together.
“Our friendship came out of grief, Penny said. “You had just lost the election…I just lost my husband. We were two women of a similar age who knew what that felt like.”
Clinton, 73, quipped in the sit-down that she served as the grammar and “profanity police” while they penned the novel.
“She de-‘F’-ed the entire manuscript,” Penny said with a laugh.
“They’re still some in there!” Clinton exclaimed. “But I think they’re more appropriate to both character and occasion.”
In what might seem like an unusual partnership, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and bestselling novelist Louise Penny have collaborated on a new political thriller called “State of Terror”
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— CBS Sunday Morning (@CBSSunday) October 8, 2021