President Biden recently said she could be whatever she wanted to be, even president. But Stacey Abrams probably already knew that. Fact is, before she was an activist, attorney, former Gubernatorial candidate and one of the most powerful and influential African-American women in America, Stacy Abrams, it seems, had a whole other career as a romance novelist. And next year, three of the eight out-of-print romance novels she authored more than 20 years ago—under the assumed name of Selena Montgomery—are set to reissued.
Random House recently acquired the novels—Rules of Engagement, The Art of Desire and Power of Persuasion—and will begin releasing them in 2022. Not that she didn’t have some modicum of success with the eight novels— including such titles as Hidden Sins, Secrets and Lies, Reckless, and Deception— which altogether sold upwards of 100,000 copies, but to be sure, sales of the re-released titles are sure to soar.
(Look out Shonda Rhimes).
‘As my first novels, they remain incredibly special to me,’ Abrams said in a statement. “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.”
The 47-year old voting rights advocate and founder of Fair Fight Action, is said to be considering another run in Georgia’s 2022 gubernatorial race. In the meantime, her latest book, While Justice Sleeps, set for release on May 11, is being described as “a gripping, complexly plotted thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court”.
“My success is tied at the most base level with the success of my people, and my people are the South,” Abrams recently posted. “My people are Americans. My people are people of color. My success can only ever be real if I’m doing it for the success of others.”