Stacey Abrams Writes Romance Novels Under a Pen Name

Stacey Abrams is a political force. After narrowly losing her bid for governor in Georgia in 2018, Abrams has worked diligently to combat voter suppression in the south. Over the past two years, along with her organization Fair Fight, she has registered some 800,000 new voters in Georgia, which effectively helped usher President-elect Joe Biden into the White House.

A Spelman College and Yale School of Law graduate, Abrams has worked tirelessly over the course of her career to make sure that all Americans’ voices are heard and that our votes count.

Though many people know Abrams for her work in the Georgia House of Representatives and for her books Our Time Is Now and Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change, she is also a romance novelist.

Stacey Abrams, former Georgia House Democratic Leader
Stacey Abrams, former Georgia House Democratic Leader | Cheriss May/NurPhoto

Stacey Abrams has never stopped fighting for change

Abrams is being praised for her hard work amid the elections in Georgia. As a result of her hard work. Abrahams ushered in a record. Until now, Georgia has gone Republican in every single Presidential election since 1992. However, in the 2020 Presidential Election record, voter turnout has seen over 2.4 million votes for Democrats, turning the state blue. The count is not over yet.

Even when she lost the governor’s race, Abrams did not give up, and all of her hard work is paying off. “Because I learned long ago that winning doesn’t always mean you get the prize,” she wrote in Our Time Is Now. “Sometimes, you get progress, and that counts.”

Stacey Abrams loves writing

With the sheer amount of work it took to turn Georgia into a purple state, along with all of her law work and organizing, we’re not sure how Abrams finds the time or energy to write. However, she has long said that it is one of her greatest passions.

“The act of writing is integral to who I am,” she told the Washington Post in 2018. “I’m a writer, a politician, a tax attorney, a civic leader, and an entrepreneur. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished.”

Still, many people had no idea that Abrams’ passions for writing extended well beyond law and organizing and into a genre that many of us see as a guilty pleasure.

Stacey Abrams writes romance novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery

While Abrams has shifted her focus in recent years, she has penned eight books under the pseudonym Selena Montgomery. Her very first book, Rules of Engagement, was written while she was a third-year law student at Yale University. Her last book, Deception, was written back in 2009.

Her other books include titles like Hidden, The Art of Desire, and Never Tell. It seems like some of them are back-ordered or out of stock. Abrams’s goal in writing these books was to show that Black women can be “as adventurous and attractive as any white woman” in fiction.

“Telling a well-crafted story is hard. Full stop,” she said the Washington Post . “Regardless of genre, good writing is good writing. Romance is one of the oldest forms of storytelling, and I’m honored to be in the company of extraordinary writers.”