Roundfire author Verity Speeks, author of The First Lady Escapes: FLOTUS Flees the White House, is a great believer of the use of satire in politics as an expression of views. Here is why and how she used the medium in her No1 Bestseller to express her frustration and appeal to disenfranchised readers everywhere. Laughter they say, is the best medicine and this book provides a heavy dose.
One could say that the American political situation is absurd: The President of the United States is an incompetent, lying, racist, narcissistic bully. That was both my challenge and my delight as I set out to write a satire about him. The tale I spun in The First Lady Escapes: FLOTUS Flees the White House is outrageous, over-the-top and inconceivable. Yet, as Jon Weiner, host of the “Trump Watch” radio show in Los Angeles said, “it is also strangely plausible—leading to the question, could it all be true?”
What possessed me to write a satirical novel in which the First Lady hates the President of the U.S. somuch, that she escapes from the White House? On November 8, 2016, the day Trump was elected, I came down with “Trump Anxiety Syndrome.” The symptoms of this disease include feelings of despair, anger and impending doom. I was compelled to find a cure. Instead of joining an anti-Trump protest march, I sat down at my computer.
I’ve written for magazines and newspapers about food, travel and women’s issues. Never politics. But living in Hollywood, I have also written screenplays, everything from suspense to comedy. I put on my screenwriter’s hat and created a story with both.
In my book, President Rex Funck is clearly modeled on Trump. As for FLOTUS, Natalia Funck is a beautiful former model from Slovakia, not Melania’s Slovenia. She’s pushing 50, like Melania, but unlike her, she has no children because Funck hates the children he’s already got.
My story begins when Rex changes his mind: The Presidential election is less than a year away and he will be 75 years old. He figures that if he gets Natalia pregnant, the American people will think he’s a macho stud and elect him to a second term.
Natalia hates Rex too much to go through with it. She enlists friends to help her secretly escape from the White House. I made them friends that Trump would despise. Angel, Natalia’s hair stylist, is a young gay Mexican from Tijuana who snuck into the U.S. illegally. Moon is a trans woman Registered Nurse who moonlights as a FLOTUS impersonator in a drag-queen show.
The plan is for Angel to whisk Natalia, looking like Moon, to Tijuana, while Moon impersonates Natalia in the White House. No one realizes that Moon is not the real FLOTUS—until President Funck summons her to his bedroom. I won’t divulge what happens when he realizes he is in bed with a trans woman. Picture what Donald Trump would do.
The plot takes many twists and turns involving unexpected characters including Natalia’s high-school boyfriend from Slovakia; a paparazzo; a dim-witted Secret Service agent; Russian thugs; and a Mexican drug king. I won’t divulge the details, but in the end Natalia becomes a true American hero. I hope that the real FLOTUS reads my book and takes a hint.
I’m ecstatic that the Democrats were victorious in the midterm elections. But Trump is still in the White House. That means two more years for The First Lady Escapes: FLOTUS Flees the White Hose to motivate readers to vote him out in 2020.BUY NOW - The First Lady Escapes. FLOTUS Flees The White House
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