If Jan Brewer does not get her book done in time for a Nov. 1 planned rollout, it will be the president's fault.
The governor told Capitol Media Services Monday she essentially had completed her writing of "Scorpions For Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure the Border.'' And then, "something came up.''
"I'm working away, trying to get this all done on the weekends and late at night, trying to get it done, and all of a sudden, here we go: He starts it all up again,'' Brewer said.
The "he'' is Barack Obama. And what he restarted, the governor said, is what she sees as another hit to border security, this time with the administration's plans to stop deporting some illegal immigrants, focusing its resources instead on those with criminal backgrounds.
"To open up and give back door amnesty has got everybody outraged,'' Brewer said. "It certainly has me concerned.''
More to the point about her book, the governor said she cannot talk about her ongoing fight with Washington without mentioning -- and criticizing -- the latest move.
Brewer is working against a deadline.
"I have to have it done by Nov. 1,'' she said.
Actually, her deadline is quite a bit before then: That's the day the book is supposed to ship.
"It's the printing and all of that jazzy stuff,'' Brewer said.
Brewer said she knows there are some 11 million illegal immigrants in this country, including 400,000 or more in Arizona alone. And the governor said she does not have an answer for exactly how to deal with that.
But she said history proves this is not the answer.
"We tried with Ronald Reagan,'' she said, referring to 1986 legislation to provide legal status to those who met certain conditions. About 2.9 million people got the permanent right to remain.
"We gave the amnesty and nothing happened with our border,'' Brewer said. "I believe -- and I think 70 percent of the American people would agree -- that until we get our border secured, we don't want anything else.''
Obama's plan does not provide amnesty, with those not deported still without legal right to be in this country. But Brewer said it's functionally the same thing.
Brewer said she doesn't know off the top of her head how much she's supposed to make from the book deal.
"I know I'm getting a percentage,'' she said. "It certainly isn't as big as one would think as what it would be when the book sells for what it sells.''
Brewer's theme is right up the alley for publisher Broadside Books, an arm of HarperCollins, which specializes in what it calls works ``covering the full range of serious right-of-center thought an opinion.'' Other Broadside titles include ``Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America,'' and ``Revolt: How to Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Programs.''
Officially, Brewer's book has a $26.99 cover price. But Amazon.com already is pre-selling it for $17.45. And if you don't need ink on paper, the Kindle edition can be had for $12.99.
Of course, that can't be autographed. And Brewer said there already are plans under way for a book tour this fall.
The governor said she's learned there are expenses that cut into her take.
"I have to pay for the people that are helping me,'' she said. That includes co-writer Jessica Gavora, author of her own book criticizing federal laws against gender discrimination in funding high school sports.
"We're working collectively together, we're talking back and forth,'' Brewer said of their working relationship.
"She hears me and I hear her, and we write it, and I write and she give me a copy of what we've all come up with,'' the governor explained. "And then I rewrite it and re-edit it and then have got to check all the facts and make sure that everything is correct -- and colorful -- and that I don't slam anybody too hard.''
All that, said Brewer, leaves her ultimate payoff to be determined.
"I guess it will be determined at a point in time if we're making any money,'' she said.
While the book isn't out yet -- or for that matter, even finished -- the governor already is looking ahead to her next outing as an author.
"I hope that this is not the only book,'' she said.
"I hope that there's a follow-up for those that didn't make it into the first one,'' Brewer continued, referring to the politicians, journalists and others who she believes need to be singled out for criticism. "We've got another one on its way.''