On the anniversary of Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday (October 11th, 1884), I’m wondering…anyone else crushing on Eleanor?
Oh, I know that her cousin Alice was wittier and brighter, her cousin Quinten was a combat pilot, and her Uncle Teddy and husband Franklin both served as President, but for me, it’s always been Eleanor Anna Roosevelt.
And I love this portrait of Eleanor with her arms folded in front of her, as if to sternly say “NO WAY! I’m not taking any of your crap!”
I love that photo of Eleanor so much that when I was musing on the character of Fanny Newcomb years ago, I asked my husband to create an image of her with folded arms. Because in my mind, Fanny was also an I’m-not-taking-any-of-your-crap kind of heroine.
Meet Fanny and her krewe in my award-winning debut Gilded Age New Orleans mystery, FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER.