When I was first asked to write a piece on the one woman, living or dead, who has inspired me most as a woman and as a writer, the choice seemed self-servingly obvious: Louisa May Alcott. Outside of the fact that everyone loves her -- I mean, who doesn't love Little Women? except maybe the people who don't -- I could use it to promote a novel I have due out later this year about a contemporary teen who time travels into the center of her most famous novel. But then I realized that wouldn't be honest. So immediately I started on a mental list involving The Usual Suspects. For dead ones I had Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. Among the living there was Joyce Carol Oates. But none of them were exactly right either. Finally, I hit on it, the only woman it could be for me:
Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"But she's not a writer!" you say.
"Oh, yes, she is!" I say.
Find out why I think so and why she's inspiring at The Huffington Post's Books page.
By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the Huffington Post people, which is one of the great ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.