Creator Spotlight - Kate Messner

Creator Spotlight

We talked to author Kate Messner about her book The Next President-The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents.

Kate Messner
Kate Messner

One day a few years ago, I was taking a break from my writing and looking up random years on Wikipedia. (This might sound like procrastinating or wasting time, but I swear it’s not – it helps me brainstorm ideas for books!) As I was browsing through entries for 1970, I found this note:  

November: Ronald Reagan is reelected governor of California; Jimmy Carter is elected governor of Georgia.

“Well, look at that,” I thought. “Both of those guys are going to be president later on and they don’t even know it yet!” 

I was fascinated and wondered where all the other future presidents were in 1970. That curiosity sent me down a research rabbit hole. Did you know that when George Washington became America’s first president, there were nine future presidents alive? Some were serving in government already, but others were still kids, fishing with their brothers or helping out on their family farms.

The result of all this fun and fascinating research was The Next President, a book that looks at what America’s presidents were doing before they took over the job and imagines what tomorrow’s presidents might be doing right now. 

Catch up with Kate Messner on her website or her twitter.

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