Have you ever seen a celebrity interview that makes you think “Wow, she seems wonderful, I would totally be her friend!” (Sandra Brown-- If you’re ever in Houston and want to grab coffee, I’m all yours!) I’ve had this feeling not so much with celebrities of today, aside from Sandra, of course, but with extraordinary women from history. There are a few ladies who I SO wish were still around so we could grab lunch and gab about life. If our paths somehow crossed today, I could totally be best friends with ladies like...

Eleanor Roosevelt 

What a First Lady! Mrs. Roosevelt was outspoken, strong-willed and one of the first Presidential spouses to have her own newspaper column. If we met for lunch, I think we’d order cheeseburgers and chat about journalism. Her work with the United Nations in her later years earned her the title “First Lady of the World” from President Harry Truman. You go, girl!

Clara Barton 

Clara Barton was such a sweetheart! She was a hospital nurse and humanitarian, but she was most famous for her role as the first President of the American Red Cross. She totally reminds me of Billy Jack Tate from Fair Play. If we met for lunch, I think she could keep me occupied for hours with stories of all the things she saw and experienced.

Amelia Earhart

She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, so I know Amelia Earhart was  brave and daring! She was known for being incredibly driven, yet cool under pressure. I think we could all use a friend like that! As you’ve probably noticed from my books, I love the story of a woman making her way in a man’s world, and there’s no better example of that than Amelia!

So, now I have to ask: if you could pick one of these famous women from history to be your BFF, who would you choose? Outspoken Eleanor, Compassionate Clara, Adventurous Amelia, or someone completely different? Let me know in the comments or over on Facebook.