Do I Have To Vote For Hillary Clinton?

Humor, General Fiction

By Maegan Carberry

Publisher : CreateSpace

ABOUT Maegan Carberry

Maegan Carberry
Maegan Carberry has been a provocative independent voice in our national conversation, working as a journalist, media strategist, and digital entrepreneur for 15 years. She provides media strategies to organizations and individuals, and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Southe More...



Amy Underwood was the only girl in her farm town conservative middle school  to idiolize  Hillary Clinton and vow to follow in her footsteps. By the 2016 election, Amy's dreams of power and influence have come true, but her beliefs about what will empower American women have changed. 


Her legendary journalist boss, Penny Powers, teaches Amy to appreciate how hard it was for the women who came before her to get to the top. Amy's two best friends know where they stand: the super liberal pop star Natalie Strings loves Hillary, while the super conservative entertainment reporter Lucy Rivera wants to vote for anybody else. Amy is stuck. With her English bulldog, Mindy Kaling, at her side, Amy must learn to think for herself, face the tough questions of our time, and decide how to fight for her country's future. 


Will it really make a difference for women if a woman is President?

Are women obligated to vote for Hillary?

What if modern feminism is more complicated than what Taylor Swift tells us?

Does Amy's single vote even matter? Does yours? 


After 15 years of working in politics and media, when people started asking me if I supported Hillary Clinton for the presidency all I felt was a gigantic brain fog and the tugging of my heartstrings. I couldn't tell which way was up anymore. I've worked with some of the most traditionally-powerful women in the world, studied the field and the issues, and had my own experiences with misogyny and violence. They all blurred together. Hillary Clinton was my childhood hero, and inspired me to be an ambitious woman. At 35, it feels like feminism and gender roles are at a critical turning point in America — one which some of our predecessors aren't quite wrapping their heads around and my generation may be taking for granted. It comes at a time when the pros and cons of identity-based voting are emerging as a serious factor for the country's electorate, commensurate with our changing demographics. Many Americans will have to face oversimplification just to gain representation, while ultimately trying to cast ballots based on the best possible policy approach. It's a welcome-but-murky science at best. Before I could have anything interesting to say on the subject, I sought out first to process my own life. In the fall of 2015, I fled my life in Los Angeles and rented a condo in the beautiful Palm Desert a couple hours east, where for weeks I spoke only to my pilates instructor and scribbled notes all over the walls like the guy in A Beautiful Mind. It was a weird-but-good time. The result was a unique story that came from my heart. The book's characters and themes are all composites and variations on my real experiences. Writing was cathartic and eye-opening. I opted to write fiction for several reasons. Foremost, I didn't want to be another blowhard pundit preaching to the choir. I also wanted to create an alternate universe where difficult conversations had room for gray areas; this is the kind of reflective opportunity we no longer experience in mainstream media or crowd-sourced internet hysteria. And, of course, I'm a book nerd. This moment has been in the making since I read Anne of Green Gables back in second grade. As I started to understand what happened to me, I pushed myself to attempt to articulate broader societal trends. I teach college students, so I thought about the kinds of questions I get from them. I prioritized providing them with a story that would illuminate their unique moment as young voters. However, this book is one that folks of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy. Frankly, it doesn't fit in one genre or on a specific shelf in the bookstore, which is exactly why I opted to self-publish. It was scary, but I'm a populist. I listened to Macklemore's song Victory Lap every morning, savoring the words: "Nowadays make good music, the people are your label." I wrote a compelling story, and now I entrust it to those souls who will find it. Don't be fooled by its chick lit vibes. While certainly a zany adventure, this book is rigorous, serious, and sometimes quite dark. Just like me. :)