Jenny Sanford plans 'inspirational memoir'

Jenny Sanford
Jenny Sanford AP

NEW YORK - The wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who separated from her husband in the wake of his affair with an Argentine woman, is writing a memoir.

Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House Inc., said Tuesday it will publish Jenny Sanford's "inspirational memoir" in May 2010.

The publisher says Sanford "will grapple with the universal issue of maintaining integrity and a sense of self during life's difficult times."

The book is currently untitled, and financial terms were not disclosed. Jenny Sanford did not immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

"She wrote the proposal herself, and it's very good," said Carol Schneider, the head of public relations at Random House.

"She will probably be working with a collaborator on the entire book - more of a time issue than anything else because we want to get it out," Schneider added. "It hasn't been established who it would be."

Sanford's husband, once mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2012, acknowledged in June after disappearing from South Carolina for five days that he had a yearlong affair.

His staff told reporters he was walking on the Appalachian Trail. Instead he had been in Argentina with his mistress.

Sanford called the Argentine woman his soul mate during a later AP interview and said he was trying to fall back in love with his wife.

Jenny Sanford, a Georgetown-educated, former Wall Street vice president who helped direct her husband's political campaigns, moved out of the Governor's Mansion in August, returning to the couple's seaside home on Sullivan's Island with their four sons.

She said she and her husband were working on their marriage.

Shortly after the scandal broke, the governor's own book deal was terminated.

Publisher Adrian Zackheim said Mark Sanford had an agreement for a book on fiscal conservatism titled "Within Our Means."

It had been scheduled for publication next March by Sentinel, a dedicated conservative imprint within Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Zackheim called the agreement "a mutual decision."