Sandra Gulland is author of four historical novels. Her latest, Mistress of the Sun, is set in the French court of the charismatic Sun King and is inspired by the life of Louise de La Vallière, an extraordinary equestrian and mistress of the king. It has received glowing reviews since its publication in February of 2008, landing on a Canadian best-seller list four months.
Gulland's previous publication was the Josephine B. Trilogy, internationally best-selling novels based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte. The Trilogy is now published in fifteen countries and has sold over a million worldwide.
An American-Canadian, Sandra Gulland 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. Settling in Toronto, she worked as a book editor for a decade before moving with her husband and two children to a log house in northern Ontario, where, in 1985, she began writing full-time. She and her husband now live half the year in Ontario, and half in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. For more information about the author, her research and work, go to www.sandragulland.com.
The main influence in my writing has been a spare, trim historical novel by Hans Koningsberger titled A WALK WITH LOVE AND DEATH. In 1995 I wrote him a fan letter, care of his N.Y. publisher. I wanted him to know how much his novel had meant to me, that it was the only novel I read and reread. That letter was returned to me by the publisher. Eight years later, with the help of Google search, I discovered that not only was he now Hans Koning, but that he had a website. Excitedly, I wrote to him again, an email this time. Sadly, the letter was answered -- but by his daughter. Hans Koning had died several months before. I never got a chance to tell him how much his beautiful novel meant to me.
I am now writing a novel set in the Court of the Sun King, as is my latest novel, MISTRESS OF THE SUN.
Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists in Toronto
In the U.S., Touchstone (Simone & Schuster)
In Canada, HarperCollinsCanada
Plus many foreign publishers.
Horses, reading, collecting bookmarks, historical research, computer junkie.
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