My Top Five Real Life Heroes

Jude Deveraux, the author of more than thirty-seven New York Times bestsellers, sat down with us to talk about her real-life heroes. This week brings us her latest novel For All Time, the latest Nantucket Brides novel.


My Top Five Real Life Heroes Whom I’ve Written About

Thomas Jefferson

He’s famously known for being the 3rd president of the United States; American Founding Father; and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. But he also spoke five languages and designed his mansion Monticello.

Genius. Inventive. Honorable



Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton

He was a jack of many trades: a geographer, cartographer, spy, linguist, and poet. His main contributions include bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English and being the first European to see Lake Tanganyika.

Brilliant. Gorgeous. Brave. 


Nellie Bly

She was the groundbreaking investigative journalist who traveled the world in a record-breaking 72 days and faked insanity to write an insider expose about a mental institution.

 Courageous. Insightful. Daring.


Elizabeth I (Queen of England circa 1558 – 1603)

She was known as the Virgin Queen, but she ushered in an era of arts and the prowess of the English navy.

She took on a man’s job—and did it better.

Elizabeth I

Nathaniel Hawthorne

He is known for his seminal work The Scarlett Letter, but he had a family connection to one of the Salem Witch trial judges —a family bond he felt nothing but shame.

He was so beautiful that he couldn’t leave the house.


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