Member Profile

Sandra Gulland

Photo: James Brylowski 2008

Born in Miami, Florida in 1944, Sandra Gulland lived in Rio de Janeiro, Berkeley and Chicago before immigrating to Canada in 1970 to teach in an Inuit village in northern Labrador for one year. 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. Juggling children, a dog, three cats, pigs, chickens and a succession of horses, she worked as a freelance editor for five years before committing to writing full-time in 1985.

Five years later, she began writing the Josephine B. Trilogy, novels based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte. The trilogy is now published in fourteen languages and has sold over one million in sales.

In 2008 Sandra published Mistress of the Sun, a novel set in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King, which was on the Maclean's bestseller list for over one month in hardcover. Published in paperback in the spring of 2009, it made the Globe & Mail Canadian bestseller list. It is published in both Canada and the U.S. as well as in seven translated editions, including French and German.

In addition to maintaining a website, she writes two blogs: Notes on the Writing Life, and Baroque Expolrations, on 17th century research. She also has a page on Facebook, and is a regular poster to Twitter and

She and her husband divide the year between northern Ontario, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
She is working on a second novel set in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

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The Last Great Dance on Earth. Toronto: HarperCollins, 2000.
Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1998.
The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1995.
Mistress of the Sun. HarperCollinsCanada, 2008


Finalist, Trillium Award for Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

Sandra often gives readings in costume. For an example, see this video of her presentation in New York.

Workshop Description:

Sandra has giving one workshop on internet marketing for authors.


Northern OAC WITS:
GST not applicable