Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Interview & Spotlight - 52 Reasons To Vote For Hillary by Bernard Whitman & Brittany Stalsburg

We're happy to host Brittany Stalsburg and Bernard Whitman during their 52 REASONS TO VOTE FOR HILLARY blog tour today! 
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52 Reasons To Vote For Hillary
Authors: Bernard Whitman & Brittany Stalsburg
Publisher: Prospecta Press
Pages: 160
Genre: Nonfiction/Politics

Reasons to Vote for Hillary is a comprehensive guide and re-introduction to Hillary Clinton’s career and life history to help voters understand why she is the best candidate to lead America forward into the 21st century.

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Book Excerpt:

Hillary Clinton has occupied the political spotlight for more than three decades—as First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, US Senator from New York, 2008 presidential candidate, and secretary of state. Her professional and personal lives have been analyzed, scrutinized, and criticized incessantly, as she has been the subject of thousands of articles, stories, books, and dinnertime debates.

Despite the fact that Hillary has been in the public eye for decades, a common refrain is that Hillary herself is, in many ways, unknown. The established storyline is that Hillary is aloof, secretive, and inaccessible. This reputation has hurt her in the eyes of voters who yearn more than ever for a leader who seems authentic and in touch with the concerns of American families.

This book seeks to re-introduce Hillary to America and re-tell her story, not only as an experienced, accomplished public servant, but also her life as a real person—a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and role model for women and girls around the world.

Talking with author Brittany Stalsburg 

What is your writing environment?
I love coffee shops- the background noise doesn’t bother me and in fact helps me focus on what I’m doing even more. I would often work in the lobby of the Ace Hotel in New York City. Other writers would use the lobby as their base too, and there was an unspoken sense of camaraderie that I really liked.

Who is your perfect hero and why?
Hillary Clinton! She really is my hero and always has been. I am just so impressed with her unshakable tenacity and determination to never give up. As a woman, she inspires me to keep going and keep shattering glass ceilings.

What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
 I’ve been loving mysteries lately—I just finished What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

What type of book have you always wanted to write?
My passion is politics, so writing 52 Reasons To Vote For Hillary was an amazing experience. But I think I’d like my next book to be something about women and leadership more broadly.

Top 3 things on your bucket list?
1.    Skydiving: My dad and brother went a few years back and I was too scared to go. I can’t even imagine how exhilarating it must feel. I’m just going to go for it!
2.    Tattoo: I’ve always been afraid of the pain, but I’d love to get a tattoo that’s really meaningful in some way, and in a discreet location J
3.    Travel! Too many places to list, but I have always wanted to take a cruise to Antarctica

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
My co-author and I felt that although Hillary has occupied the political spotlight for decades, the American voters didn’t really “know” her. Our book is a reintroduction to Hillary’s record and experience, and helps voters separate fact from fiction.

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
I’m really excited about a photo-journalism project I’m launching soon, called Women of the World, which is part of my blog, Women Want To Be On Top. Women of the World includes pictures of and stories from women globally, to give visibility and voice to women and their concerns.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love cooking when I have time.

What would you consider a perfect date?
A nice dinner out with my husband followed by a few glasses or wine or a movie in at home

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I’m a former child beauty queen! It kind of seems at odds with the feminism I subscribe to now.

About the Authors:

Bernard Whitman is a Democratic Party political pollster and strategist in the United States. He makes regular appearances on Fox News, and has appeared as a commentator and strategist on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business, ABC and Al Jazeera America.

He is the author of 52 Reasons To Vote For Obama and has been a pollster to political candidates such as Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg. Bernard has been involved in the past eight U.S. presidential campaigns and has served as strategic advisor to numerous heads of state, Fortune 500 CEOs, and some of the world’s leading issue advocacy organizations and nonprofit institutions.

Whitman is the President and founder of Whitman Insight Strategies, a strategic consulting firm that conducts polls and market research to advise corporations, political leaders, and issue-advocacy organizations. He is a three-time recipient of the David Ogilvy Excellence in Research Award, and pioneered the development of The Political Model to identify the “swing” consumer, and the messages and media channels that can unlock additional votes for a brand or cause.
He is an alumnus of Brown University, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa.

Brittany Stalsburg is a communications strategist and creator of the feminist blog, Women Want To Be On Top. She writes about politics and gender issues regularly. As a strategist, Brittany has helped dozens of organizations develop and refine their message to communicate with a variety of audiences.

Her work has been published in several academic journals and books and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollie Awards for issue campaigns and the New York American Association of Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR) Best Paper Award.

Brittany holds a PhD in political science from Rutgers University and a BA in political science and women’s studies from Providence College.

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