>For her novel about a female President, Nicolle Wallace drew on her years as George W. Bush’s communications director.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU?
I worked with all these Texas boys—it was a very boyish place. I wanted to write a girlie version.
IS YOUR HEROINE BASED ON ANYONE WE KNOW?
No, but I was inspired by the experiences of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin—the extra layer of scrutiny they get that men don’t.
HOW’S BUSH DOING?
He seems much more relaxed. When a President no longer has the weight of the office on his shoulders, there’s an almost physical difference.