Sandra Gulland

About me

I am the author of the Josephine B. Trilogy, internationally best-selling novels about Napoleon’s wife, now published in seventeen countries.

My most recent novel, Mistress of the Sun, also published internationally, is set in mid-17th century France at the court of the Sun King.

In the spring of 2012, I will be publishing another novel set in this court, and, after that, I will be writing a Young Adult novel (or two) about Josephine’s daughter Hortense.

I am a wife, mother of two adults, grandmother (yay!).

My husband and I live half the year in rural Ontario, Canada, and the other half in urban (well, it’s a village) San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico.

In reality, however, I’m either in 17th-18th century France or on the Net, usually both.

From my website

A writer’s routine: how many … hours, days, words?

My friend asks: How many words do you write a day? For how long do you write? How many days a week? In other words, what’s the production schedule? This may strike some as a mechanical approach to a somewhat mystical process, but for me and many other writers, it’s key. Daily goals The…

Lady Liberty weathers a storm

I began this essay on the Statue of Liberty some time ago in Beaune, France, on October 28, 2012—which, coincidentally, happened to be the statue’s 126th birthday. It was also the day the statue was scheduled to reopen after renovations. Days later, Hurricane Sandy hit New York, and two images were often seen…

A writer’s routine: how to get into a creative headspace

My friend asks: “Does it take you some time each day to immerse yourself in your writing?  If so, any tricks to ease into the creative headspace?“ Writing has stages: a first draft is dream-like, immersive, while subsequent drafts are part cerebral/part immersive and often involve gnashing teeth, pulling hair, and moments…

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