Michele Bachmann Inspires Artist-Published Romance Novel


Though she announced today that she will not seek re-election next year, Minnesota Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann has found a new life as the muse of a romance novel. Fires of Siberiais published today by New York publisher Badlands Unlimited, founded in 2010 by artist Paul Chan.

Penned by Tréy Sager, the e-book centers on a female presidential candidate and a mysterious male stranger who are stranded together in the remote Russian wilderness as the only two survivors of a plane crash. Available for $2.99, Fires of Siberia is described as “an old-fashioned bodice ripper” in a press release. Chan created the book’s lurid cover image-a bearded, leering man in camouflage clutching a wide-eyed, pouty-lipped brunette in a form-fitting business suit.

Fires of Siberia is the publisher’s first foray into the romance novel genre. Previous releases from the eclectic publishing house include On Democracy (2012), a collection of 1970s speeches given by Saddam Hussein, and Chan’s Wht is a Kardashian? (2011), a handmade work and e-book that attempts to define the reality show family with a chaotic mashup of text and images.