Shannon interviewed by El Rincón de Byron
February 28, 2023
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by El Rincón de Byron, a fabulous website for fans of the Napoleonic period. Among other things, I talked about why I am drawn to the early 19th century, and the challenge of writing about people who lived 200 years ago.
Napoleon in America an interesting thought experiment
August 16, 2018
In an entertaining video review on A Ruined Chapel by Moonlight, author Berthold Gambrel calls Napoleon in America “a very interesting novel of political machinations.”
Napoleon in America “best alternate historical fiction since Gettysburg”
June 19, 2017
In a review on Adventures in Historyland, Josh Provan calls Napoleon in America “the best alternate historical fiction I’ve read since Gettysburg.”
History of Royals features Napoleon in exile
June 14, 2017
How do you contain the most ambitious, determined and dangerous man in Europe? Find out by reading my article on Napoleon in exile, featured in Issue 16 of History of Royals.
Shannon becomes a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society
June 12, 2017
During a recent visit to Toronto, I was surprised and honoured to be made a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society by the Society’s president, noted Napoleonic educator and historian J. David Markham.
Shannon interviewed by St. Helena Sentinel
March 16, 2017
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Hannah Durnford of The Sentinel, the newspaper on the island of St. Helena, which is where Napoleon in America begins.
Shannon interviewed by UBC Library
August 31, 2016
I recently had the honour of chatting with Michelle Blackwell at the University of British Columbia about the research I do for my books, and how UBC Library and its collections play a crucial role.
Shannon interviews Napoleon
May 12, 2016
Ever wonder what it would be like to interview Napoleon? I had the pleasure of doing just that for History Imagined.
An author website that does the business
April 21, 2016
I was honoured to have my website featured in “Ten More Author Websites that do the Business,” an article on The Writing Platform by Simon Appleby, Director of Bookswarm.
Shannon guest blogs about Elisa Bonaparte
February 4, 2016
It’s an honour to be featured on A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life, talking about Napoleon’s smart sister, Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi. Not as well-known as her sisters Pauline and Caroline, Elisa Bonaparte was more capable than either of them.
Shannon interviewed by Harriet Steel
January 4, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by fellow historical novelist Harriet Steel. Harriet asked some interesting questions, including why I decided to write about Napoleon, what I consider to be the value of alternative history, and whether creative writing can be taught.
Napoleon in America on Fondation Napoléon’s Christmas list
December 7, 2015
Wondering what to give the history lover in your life? The Fondation Napoléon has put together a Christmas list of book recommendations, and Napoleon in America is on it.
Shannon provides blog writing tips for authors
December 1, 2015
It’s an honour to be featured as a guest blogger by Bookswarm, the wonderful team who designed and host my website, on the subject of “10 Blog Writing Tips for Authors.”
Shannon guest blogs about Napoleon’s followers in America
November 24, 2015
If Napoleon had escaped from St. Helena and gone to the United States, who might have helped him? It’s a pleasure to be featured as a “Relevant History” guest blogger on author Suzanne Adair’s website, talking about Napoleon’s followers in America.
Shannon interviewed as “writing superhero”
October 25, 2015
It was a delight to be interviewed as a “writing superhero” by author Maria Grace on her Random Bits of Fascination blog. Maria asked me to reveal my secret identity, my partners in crime, my secret lair, my superhero costume and other superhero confidences.
Napoleon in America on Fondation Napoléon’s summer reading list
June 25, 2015
Once again Napoleon in America has made the Fondation Napoléon’s reading list, this time as a book to read this summer.
Waterloo article in St. John’s Telegram
June 18, 2015
Shannon’s article about Job Gibbs, a Newfoundlander who fought in the Battle of Waterloo, was published in the St. John’s Telegram on the 200th anniversary of the battle.
Shannon teams up with June 17th – The Night Before Waterloo film
May 19, 2015
Shannon and the makers of a wonderful new short film called June 17th – The Night Before Waterloo have teamed up to bring you both the film and Napoleon in America.
Shannon interviewed on Culturally Curious
March 30, 2015
It was a great pleasure to be interviewed by Matt Adler on his Culturally Curious blog. Wondering how one finds the balance between fantasy and history when writing historical fiction? Want to know what to expect on Napoleon’s next adventure?
Shannon interviewed by NPR
February 11, 2015
Shannon was honoured to be interviewed by NPR’s national correspondent for digital news, Linton Weeks, for an article called “What If Napoleon Had Come to America?”
Shannon guest blogs about Napoleon & the Prince Regent
February 3, 2015
There has recently been publicity about the letter Napoleon Bonaparte wrote to King George IV (then the Prince Regent) requesting asylum in England after his 1815 abdication from the throne of France. Read Shannon’s article about Napoleon and the Prince Regent on All Things Georgian.
Napoleon in America “thoughtful and totally believable”
December 11, 2014
In a review for the Napoleonic Historical Society, modeler and military historian Shepherd Paine calls Napoleon in America “a thoughtful and totally believable account of what might have happened had Napoleon escaped from St. Helena to America.”
Napoleon in America on Fondation Napoléon’s Christmas reading list
December 3, 2014
The Fondation Napoléon has put together a Christmas reading list filled with the year’s best Napoleon-related publications, and Napoleon in America is on it.
Shannon speaks about plotters & pirates in New Orleans
November 20, 2014
On November 15 Shannon spoke about “Plotters & Pirates: Napoleon’s supporters in New Orleans” at the Napoleonic Historical Society conference in New Orleans.
Shannon speaking at Napoleonic Historical Society conference in New Orleans
October 9, 2014
On November 15, Shannon will speak about “Plotters & Pirates: Napoleon’s supporters in New Orleans” at the 2014 Napoleonic Historical Society conference in New Orleans.
Napoleon in America understands “the butterfly effects”
August 28, 2014
Troy Camplin writes on The Literary Lawyer: “Napoleon in America is a ‘what-if’ historical novel that…reads like a very well-written narrative of history. Given that the author is necessarily working with an entirely fictional world…the fact that she can create such an effect is quite remarkable.”
A Knight of the Pen likes Napoleon in America
August 21, 2014
A Knight of the Pen says of Napoleon in America: “I couldn’t help but smile as I read it, and…I was a little saddened upon reaching the end. It had built so nicely, the denouement satisfying, and it left me wanting more.”
Other Times recommends Napoleon in America
August 14, 2014
The alternate history blog Other Times calls Napoleon in America “an excellent book…. Anyone who likes alternate history should find something to enjoy in this story.”
“A Question of Madness” in The Copperfield Review
August 7, 2014
Shannon’s short story, “A Question of Madness,” has been published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Copperfield Review. Set in Texas in 1821, the story springs from an incident recounted by one of Stephen Austin’s colonists.
Shannon talks about Napoleon in America in Saskatoon
July 29, 2014
On July 24, Shannon had the pleasure of talking about her novel Napoleon in America in her home province of Saskatchewan.
Shannon guest blogs about Caroline Bonaparte Murat
July 24, 2014
It’s an honour to be featured on A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life, talking about Napoleon’s treasonous sister, Caroline Bonaparte Murat. One tries to find redeeming features in Caroline, but they are hard to spot. Talleyrand said she had the head of Cromwell on the body of a well-shaped woman.
Napoleon in America on Fondation Napoléon’s summer reading list
June 25, 2014
The Fondation Napoléon has put together a list of some of the best Napoleonic books they’ve come across this year, and Napoleon in America is on it.
Return to Napoleon House
June 18, 2014
Shannon recently had the privilege of attending the inaugural Walker Percy Literary Festival in beautiful St. Francisville, Louisiana, and took advantage of the opportunity to return to where Napoleon in America began – the Napoleon House Bar & Café in New Orleans.
Shannon interviewed on History and Other Thoughts
June 6, 2014
It was a delight to do an interview with one of my favorite bloggers, Gio of History and Other Thoughts. Curious about which historical figures I’d invite to dinner?
Napoleon Series praises Napoleon in America research
May 29, 2014
Reviewing Napoleon in America for the Napoleon Series, Susan Howard writes, “The level of research and scholarship puts many non-fiction histories to shame.”
Napoleon in America “a rare and original delicacy”
May 15, 2014
The alternate history review site Alterhistblog calls Napoleon in America “a rare and original delicacy.”
Shannon interviewed on The Maiden’s Court
May 7, 2014
It was a great pleasure to do an interview on The Maiden’s Court blog. Heather’s questions really made me think, especially the one about my favourite historical site.
Napoleon in America featured in Kerrisdale Playbook
May 4, 2014
The May edition of Kerrisdale Playbook features coverage of the Napoleon in America book launch at Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver, as well as an interview with Shannon.
Reflections on a Journey to St. Helena blog recommends Napoleon in America
April 14, 2014
Blogger John Tyrrell recommends Napoleon in America to anyone interested in the history of the turbulent post Waterloo period.
Napoleon in America launched at Historic Joy Kogawa House
April 7, 2014
Shannon was honoured to hold the Napoleon in America book launch party at Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver on April 6.
Alternate History Weekly Update recommends Napoleon in America
April 4, 2014
Alternate History Weekly Update calls Napoleon in America “a well researched alternate history, without any alien space bats.”
A Bookish Affair recommends Napoleon in America
March 26, 2014
A Bookish Affair says of Napoleon in America: “We get insight into the kind of man that Napoleon was, the things he cares about, and his thoughts on his relationships with others.”
Napoleon in America “a fantastic read”
March 19, 2014
Unabridged Chick calls Napoleon in America “a fantastic read for fans of French history and those who like ‘what if’ kind of stories; any fan of Napoleon will want to read this too.”
Napoleon in America wins cover design award
March 17, 2014
Matt Dawson’s cover for Napoleon in America won first place in The Book Designer’s e-Book Cover Design Awards for February in fiction.
Napoleon in America featured in the Biggar Independent
March 6, 2014
Napoleon in America was the headline story in the February 27th edition of Shannon’s hometown newspaper, The Biggar Independent.
Dolph Briscoe Center Materials in Action
February 26, 2014
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin has highlighted Napoleon in America in its “Materials in Action.”
Napoleon in America review featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine
February 19, 2014
Kirkus Reviews has featured its review of Napoleon in America in the February 15 edition of its magazine.
Napoleon in America makes the St. Helena news
February 7, 2014
Napoleon in America was featured in an article in The St. Helena Independent.
Napoleon in America book trailer released
January 30, 2014
The book trailer for Shannon’s novel, Napoleon in America, features the Napoleon House legend that inspired the book.
Shannon guest posts on Little Reader Library
January 24, 2014
I recently shared some thoughts about writing Napoleon in America in a guest post on Lindsay Healy’s splendid Little Reader Library book blog.
Shannon interviewed on Pebble in the Still Waters blog
January 20, 2014
I was recently honoured to do an interview about Napoleon in America with Jaideep Khanduja on his marvelous “Pebble in the Still Waters” book blog.
Napoleon in America “evocative and immersive”
January 17, 2014
Major book reviewer Kirkus Reviews says Napoleon in America is “a thorough, sweeping novel with seamless transitions from the real to the imagined.”
Matt Dawson unveils Napoleon in America cover and frontispiece
December 14, 2013
UK illustrator Matt Dawson discusses how he came up with the cover and frontispiece for Napoleon in America by Shannon Selin.
Matt Dawson draws Napoleon
November 13, 2013
UK illustrator Matt Dawson, the cover designer for Napoleon in America, has posted some playful sketches of Napoleon on his blog.
We must follow fortune in its whims, and mend it when we can.