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Sandra Gulland

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I'm the author of the JOSEPHINE B. TRILOGY, the internationally best-selling novels based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon's wife. The Trilogy is now published in 17 countries.

I most recently published THE SHADOW QUEEN, the "sister" novel of MISTRESS OF THE SUN. Both novels are set in the Court of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

An American-Canadian, I was born in Miami, Florida, and lived in Rio de Janeiro, Berkeley and Chicago before immigrating to Canada in 1970 to teach in an Inuit village in northern Labrador. (Note: my birthday above is fictitious for security reasons, but I'm not coy about my age; I was born in 1944.)

Settling in Toronto, I worked as a book editor for a decade before moving with my husband and two children to a
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Sandra Gulland Dear Bobbi,

Thank you! I'm in the final stages of writing a Young Adult novel about Josephine's daughter Hortense. I don't yet know when my publisher—…more
Dear Bobbi,

Thank you! I'm in the final stages of writing a Young Adult novel about Josephine's daughter Hortense. I don't yet know when my publisher—Penguin—intends to publish. My guess is next fall, at the earliest. The book is the first of two about Hortense.

My last novel, The Shadow Queen, will be out in paperback in January.

Holiday cheer!

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Sandra Gulland Hi Breinne,

Thank you for your questions!

In fact, Josephine did not keep a journal. I think if she had, I would have had a hard time writing a…more
Hi Breinne,

Thank you for your questions!

In fact, Josephine did not keep a journal. I think if she had, I would have had a hard time writing a fictional journal for her.

Most every biographer and historian portrays Josephine in a negative light. My own research -- and consultations with historians -- led me to different conclusions. I was delighted to discover last week that a new French biography of her concurs with my own view. Yay! Perhaps the tide is turning.

Malmaison is lovely, isn't it? It's time for me to go back. Right now I'm writing a YA novel about Josephine's daughter Hortense, and she spent many happy days there.

Sincerely,

Sandra

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Chrissie Hi Sandra,

Could you tell me if The Shadow Queen: A Novel is the second in a series begun by Mistress of the Sun? Perhaps it is best to read them in the correct order, or are they completely separate?

I loved your Bonaparte trilogy.


Charlotte Liebel Sandra, thank you for your friendship at Goodreads. Enjoyed reading your bio and wish you continuing success in reading and writing.

~Charlotte M. Liebel
Twitter / @Sharliebel


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Laura Hi Sandra!

Thanks for connecting with me here. I have a few of your books on my bookshelf because I've heard how good they are!

Laura


Laura Lee I loved your Josephine books!


Sandra Graeme wrote: "Hi Sandra, thanks for your friendship :) One day my tombstone shall read ..."


What!


Graeme Stokes Hi Sandra, thanks for your friendship :) One day my tombstone shall read ...


Daniel
Sandra, I've added Josephine and some of your other books to my to-read list.


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Kelly Moran Thanks for the add. Pleasure to meet another author. Take care,
Kelly Moran
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