Four months ago today – May 3, 2016 – Clint Hill and I released our third book together: Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.
And what a whirlwind it has been since then! We were on what seemed like a never-ending book tour that began in New York City and (so far) has taken us to Charlottesville, VA; Washington, DC; Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth, TX; Atlanta, GA; Buffalo and Lewiston, NY (where Clint received an Honorary Doctorate from Niagara University); Dearborn and Petoskey, MI; Naperville and Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; San Diego, La Jolla, Corte Madera, and West Hollywood, CA; and Seattle, WA. Whew! We are definitely racking up the frequent flyer miles, and we were thrilled that the book has been so well received—making it to #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List and staying on the list for 10 weeks.
Of all the places Clint has traveled, he had never been to Niagara Falls. So the day before he was to receive his doctorate from Niagara University, we had a few free hours, and I convinced him we needed to take a ride on “Maid of the Mist.”
Throughout our travels it was wonderful to meet so many people who appreciate history and especially love hearing Clint Hill’s stories and having the opportunity to shake his hand. All along the way we met people who came up to Clint with tears in their eyes, so moved to finally meet the man they first heard about on November 22, 1963– a hero who tried so valiantly to change history. Especially meaningful to Clint were the countless Secret Service agents who came to our book signings to meet him, and to tell him in person what an inspiration he is to the men and women working tirelessly day in and day out as they face unprecedented challenges protecting our leaders and the candidates for president.
As if releasing a book and embarking on a cross country book tour wasn’t enough excitement, on June 4, my oldest son, Connor got married to Abby Biernat, in a magical ceremony in Seattle. It was a beautiful celebration with family and friends joining us from all over the country, with my sister, an ordained minister, officiating. So very special. And now I’m thrilled to have a daughter!
A New Baby
The plan was for Clint and I to take some time off after two years of research, writing, and publicizing Five Presidents. To be perfectly honest, we were exhausted. Well, that’s where the new baby comes in…No, it’s not Connor and Abby’s baby. . . it’s my baby! Ha! Got ya! I’ve agreed to write another book with Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster, with Mitchell Ivers as my editor. Fellow writers understand that a book is truly like a baby… so here I am, expecting my fifth—book baby, that is. I can’t tell you what it is just yet. I’m still at the stage where I want to keep it a secret, but I’ll reveal it to everyone soon enough. I’m very excited about this new project, though, and I’m learning so much.
So… as we move into the fall, we do have a few more book signings. Please check our websites for details and follow Clint Hill and me on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Next stops on the tour are Hostfest in Minot, North Dakota; Litquake in San Francisco; and El Dorado, Arkansas.
Check out Clint’s TODAY Show segment with Willie Geist here.