Sandra Gulland, internationally published author of six historical novels, didn’t like history in university because she found the requisite courses “a boring combination of military and political history. I had a hard time with them because I would fall asleep.” Decades later while working as a book editor in Toronto, she decided to investigate writing biographies for young adults. The first biography she checked out of the library happened to be about Josephine Bonaparte. “And that was a revelation, that history happened to real people like you and me. That introduced me to the notion of history being alive.”
Sandra loves digging into the culture and history of France. Her first trilogy of books focused on the life of Josephine Bonaparte, The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.; Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe, which was a finalist for the Trillium Award; and The Last Great Dance on Earth. Then came two novels set in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King: The Shadow Queen and Mistress of the Sun. Her latest book is The Game of Hope, a YA novel about the life of Josephine’s daughter, Hortense.
Sandra lives in Killaloe, Ontario and San Miguel d’Allende, Mexico.