I always wanted to be a writer, but doubted my ability to do it

Former President of the United States of America Bill Clinton turned a novelist in 2018 with his first thriller ‘The President Is Missing’, which is co-authored with James Patterson. Clinton’s second thriller ‘The President’s Daughter’, again co-authored with Patterson, released this month. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Clinton shared that he always wanted to be a writer, but it was self-doubt that stopped him from writing. “I always wanted to be a writer, but doubted my ability to do it,” he said.

Talking about the books that influenced his writing, he further said, “From my senior year in college to my first year in law school, I read five books that made me think it was worth a try: ‘North Toward Home’ by Willie Morris; ‘The Confessions of Nat Turner’ by William Styron; ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’ by Thomas Wolfe; ‘The Fire Next Time’ by James Baldwin; and ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou.”

Like most popular leaders, Clinton too is an avid reader. On being asked about his comfort reads, he mentioned not one but several books and series which he liked reading. “I find comfort in thrillers with interesting characters and good stories. I really liked Stacey Abrams’s While Justice Sleeps, and all of Louise Penny’s Gamache books, Sara Paretsky’s VI Warshawski books, Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins books, James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series, and Michael Connelly’s Bosch books. I love Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon, and David Baldacci and Lee Child are still getting better. And I love my co-author James Patterson’s books, especially those with Michael Bennett and Alex Cross,” Clinton said.

Apart from his two novels, Clinton has also penned other books including an autobiography ‘My Life’ in 2004 and a non-fiction book ‘Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy’ in 2011.

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