Shannon Selin

About me

Shannon Selin is the author of Napoleon in America (January 2014), which imagines what might have happened if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from exile on St. Helena and wound up in the United States in 1821. Her short stories have appeared in The Copperfield Review and CommuterLit. Shannon blogs about interesting things she has come across in her research at She lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she is working on the next novel in her Napoleon series.

From my website

Nicolas Girod and the history of Napoleon House in New Orleans

Napoleon in America was inspired by the story behind Napoleon House in New Orleans. That story is tied to one of the house’s former owners, Nicolas Girod.Napoleon House, New Orleans, 1904Nicolas (or Nicholas) Girod was born in 1747 or 1751 in the Savoy region of France. In the 1770s, he…

What happened to the Bonapartists in America? The story of Louis Lauret

One of hundreds of Bonapartists who went to the United States after Napoleon’s final defeat, Captain Louis Lauret ended up defrauded, disillusioned and probably wistful for the days of glory with his Emperor, with whom he is reunited fictionally in Napoleon in America.An idealized depiction of the Champ d’Asile by Joseph…

Jean Laffite: Mexican Gulf pirate and privateer

Death of Jean Laffite from “The Pirates Own Book” by Charles Ellms, 1837To romantic minds, Jean Laffite could have been a model for Pirates of the Caribbean. Variously called the “gentleman pirate,” “the terror of the Gulf” and “the hero of New Orleans,” his life is shrouded in myth. Napoleon…

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