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 Technique for Producing Ideas: struggling with that dreaded monster Plot

I’ve been flailing, I confess: in Excel plot worksheets, in piles of plot index cards, in Word files summarizing my plot (or trying to), in books on plot, in on-line courses and YouTube videos on plot! I saw all this as a sign of a project in trouble. I simply couldn’t figure it…

Happy New Year! (From 1867 :-)

1867: Double-page hand colored wood engraving featured in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated newspaper titled, “A Happy New Year.” This and other delightful historical New Year’s Eve images can be found here. I especially love this rural frolic: It’s not even 9:00 here in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and already I can hear fireworks.…

Where Hortense’s father Alexandre de Beauharnais was executed and buried

Tracking down facts can be a time-crunching task … but a very enjoyable one when the goal is in sight. I began with a simple question: Where was Hortense’s father executed and buried? I think these were things she might have wanted to know. {Portrait of Josephine and her two children, Hortense and…

 
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