Josephine's daughter, Hortense de Beauharnais (above), is the subject of the novel I'm now writing.
The working title is Moonsick, which signified a sort of obsessive craziness in the 18th century — an energy I think apt for Hortense, who was intensely creative.
It has been fascinating to revisit the Napoleonic world from a teen's point of view. The novel features a ghost, romance, Bonaparte family evil doings and boarding school dramas.
Hortense's boarding school was unusual. Many of the girls had suffered a tragic loss during the French Revolution. Hortense's own father had been beheaded — imagine — and she was none-too-happy about her mother's second husband Napoleon, who in no way measured up to the father she both mourned and idolized.