David and I just was on CBN’s The 700 Club, promoting our book “Home and Away” when we got to the airport and saw an article in Christianity Today about my writing. Some of you may have noticed that I co-wrote the New York Times Bestselling memoir of Bristol Palin, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far:”
Few 20-year-olds write memoirs. Fewer still see their books on The New York Times bestsellers list. But Bristol Palin has turned her three years in the national spotlight into a publishing success. Like many public figures, Palin employed the help of a professional writer, in this case Nancy French, a writer and activist who co-founded Evangelicals for Mitt (EFM) in 2005. Today, French and EFM continue to campaign for Mitt Romney among evangelicals, many of whom are wary of supporting a Mormon candidate.
Palin told Christianity Today that French’s backing of Mitt Romney was not a problem, even if Palin’s mother, Sarah, ran for president, too. “Regardless of who she votes for politically or anything like that we’re still going to be really close,” Palin said.
French is no stranger to memoir writing. She has two of her own. Her latest, released less than two weeks after the Palin’s Not Afraid of Life, is Home and Away, written with her husband about his decision to enlist. Nor is this her first co-authored memoir about someone in the political spotlight: In 2007, she was hired to help Ann Romney write her memoir on life in the Romney family. That project remains an as-yet unpublished manuscript.
(Read the rest here.) Those of you have followed EFM know we are admirers of the Palin family and have defended her from unfair attacks. I’m proud to say my experience in Wasilla only reinforced that affection and admiration. The Palins are an amazing family, and Bristol is a special, tough-as-nails person… and a friend.
In other words, I’m honored to have been a part of her memoir. But how on earth did I end up living in Alaska with the Palins? Read the whole story here.