Story Behind the Story

Shannon’s fiction is based on actual historical characters and events. Read about the history that inspired her stories.

Read the story behind “A Petition for the Emperor”

Read the story behind “A Question of Madness”

Read the story behind “Dr. Sym Goes to Heaven”

Read the story behind Napoleon in America

Napoleon Bonaparte’s Family Tree

Explore this genealogical chart showing the birth, marriage and death dates of Napoleon, his parents, his siblings and their children. Click on the chart for an easier-to-view PDF. The names of the Bonaparte family members who appear in Napoleon in America are shown in bold.

Book Characters

All of the characters in Napoleon in America actually existed. Click here for a list of those Shannon has blogged about, with links to the relevant posts. Sign up for Shannon’s updates (bottom of the page) to be advised of new posts.

The people judge rightly when they are not misled by orators.

Napoleon Bonaparte