When I was doing research for my first book “In The Blood of the Greeks” – I wanted to give my character, Zoe Lambros, a role model that she was inspired by. I just love research and this led me down a whole different rabbit hole.
I discovered the heroic Laskarina Bouboulina – with a name like that you have to be special. Laskarina Bouboulina was a Greek naval commander, heroine of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, and allegedly first woman-admiral of the Imperial Russian Navy. Pretty nifty.
Here's a great article about her here: