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Gunilla Caulfield was born and educated in Stockholm, Sweden, before immigrating to the United States. After ten years as an art dealer on Newbury Street in Boston, she moved to Rockport, a small fishing village and art colony on Cape Ann. She served as reference librarian at the Rockport Public Library, which is fictionally depicted in her Annie Quitnot mystery series. Along with husband Thomas and a steadily growing clan, she divides her time between Rockport, Massachusetts, and Bridgton, Maine. She has published a short story collection, two novels and three mysteries as well as a biography of a W.W. II nurse. Her most recent book of Christmas stories is just out!Works in progress for later publication are sequels in the Annie Quitnot mysteries.

Editorial Reviews:
FIRESIDE TALES FOR YOUNG AND OLD: Christmas in Dalecarlia: Kirkus Review: Adventures with a goblin teaching a young Swedish boy about Christmas magic, loyalty and family in this collection of connected stories.
After penning six fictional works and one biography,  (World War II Army Nurse, etc., 2013) Caulfield is at her storytelling best in these six Christmas tales set in her native Sweden. Their hero, a young boy named Björn, lives with his family on a farm in Dalecarlia. Part of the stories' charm comes from the author's evocation of life on the farm--an area alovely in summer, with "warm, sunny days and cool evenings," but snowy, icy and dangerous after midwinter solstice. Björn´s Christmas experiences become more challenging in each story as he moves from age 6 to 12. Caulfields gradual approach enables young readers to share Björn´s insights and see where the sometimes rash and selfish boy might need to improve his behavior. Each year, Björn gains a new understanding of forgiveness, love, family and community, thanks in part to his visits with Nisse, a short, stocking-capped, mysterious and powerful tomte, goblin, who hides in the barn. The boy comes to realize why legend has taught farmers to honor these centuries-old creatures. Nisse demands respect in the form of porridge after Christmas Eve dinner, but he also needs more than a hollow ritual.Only Björn seems to be able to chat with Nisse, and with him, the boy visits various tunnels and secret rooms. The lad's hardworking parents, occupied with responsibilities and chores, often seem oblivious to his opinions, bur grandmother Farmor and grandfather Farfar remember Nisse's magic and assist Björn in his adventures.Modern life intrudes in the longest story, "The Unwelcome Stranger," when the boy's parents bring home Ibrahim, a strange child who speaks no Swedish, to become his new brother. Björn comes to love him, however, and Nisse's magic cap helps save the day when immigration officials arrive to take Ibrahim away.
These stories' engaging blend of reality and fantasy moves the action along while giving young readers a taste of Swedish folklore. 
W.W.II Army Nurse June Houghton Sullivan A Life Story: Kirkus Review: Caulfield presents a biography of a U.S. Army nurse, whose English posting allowed her to witness the heroic and tragic results of some epic 20th-century battles.
The author runs through the life and career of her elderly New England friend, a typical World War II Army nurse. However, nobody’s story can be called typical on the fringes of this fierce global conflict. June Houghton Sullivan, after a chaotic, cross-country upbringing during the Depression, enrolled in a Massachusetts nursing school at 17 in 1940. In 1943, she enlisted in the Army Auxiliary Nursing Corps and shipped out aboard the Queen Mary, through U-boat– infested waters, to work in the 120th Station Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. Her unit relocated to different countryside locales in a grievously embattled Britain, where Houghton and her fellow caregivers labored to heal wounded Allied troops, and, after D-Day, German prisoners. One Luftwaffe pilot received, unbeknownst to him, a transfusion from a Jewish doctor—the only match to his rare blood type. Other detainees were Axis conscripts, innocents who wanted no part of the Third Reich. Richly illustrated by Sullivan’s photo collection (including a snapshot of young Crown Princess Elizabeth), this slim volume sometimes takes unnecessary detours, addressing such tangential topics as President John F. Kennedy’s childhood bout with scarlet fever. That said, the book is tastefully written and suitable for young-adult readers—swear words are coyly bleeped, and there’s no immersion in combat-wound gore. Older readers may appreciate the chivalry and values of a bygone era, as when June quits an early hospital job after one day because young male patients got “fresh” with her, or when a maimed SS officer in custody is allowed the honor of retaining his treasured Iron Cross.A companionable, nostalgic salute to an unsung WWII heroine.
REUNIFICATION EXPRESS: A story of love and war, and of a journey by a young woman, looking for her grandfather, long missing and presumed dead in the far East. The narrator is the soul of Daniel, who has taken up residence in his rebellious and feisty daughter Nicki. Nicki shamelessly begs funds from two boyfriends in order to make the trip--the brash and ambitious Joe in California, and Isaac, the hometown boy, who is devoted to her. In Paris, the first stop on the journey, Nicki meets and enlists the help of Leon, an old friend of her grandfather's from his days as a war correspondent in Vietnam. Nicki's mother, Eliane, with whom Nicki has a strained relationship, is following right behind, accompanied by Daniel's best friend, Bill. Best friend? Daniel's soul is eaten by jealousy, and an odd love triangle develops.
"MURDER ON BEARSKIN NECK: "This cozy mystery by former librarian Gunilla Caulfield is a popourri of tempting ingredients--a picturesque New England fishing village, sweet pet dogs, literary references, a librarian protagonist who has a secret lover, and of course, a murder. Caulfield fills the pages with excellent insider details that ring true and make their reader feel right at home in Rockport, Massachusetts....This sweet novel of small-town simplicity and dupicity could zing off the shelves...The author has done her homework and knows the setting, the details, and the tics and tells of this small community and its inhabitants. She offers a well-constructed tale with plenty of red herrings and insight into the lives of her colorful characters...a viable series that any cozy mystery lover would place on top of their to-be-read stack. From ForeWord Clarion Review
"THE BOOKSELLER AND OTHER STORIES:" Swedish-born author Gunilla Caulfield has written a strong debut short-story collection that draws on her Scandinavian heritage. The Bookseller and Other Stories contains thirteen stories, most of which focus on the nuances of relationships within contemporary families, but some read like European folk tales or medieval sagas.
Caulfields writing style is not fancy; there are no hundred dollar words sprinkled throughout her prose. rather, her characters speak plainly and are described in straightforward terms, a style which has the effect of making her characters seem timeless and universal. The subject of Mrs. Monet's Garden" could be an aging flower gardener in almost any era or location, and the author's ability to create reader empathy is apparent here and throughout the rest of the collection.
"The Silver Button" is a standout in the collection. Therein, the author describes the journeys of the small adornment as it is tucked into or sewn on the uniforms of a line of soldiers throughout European military history. Caulfield subtly changes tone and builds to an intense ending in this well-crafted fantasy. It is a gem that aspiring writers may want to reread and study for its dramatic effect. Caulfield often uses ironic twist at the end of her stories. Reminiscent of the best work of O. Henry, there are dramatic changes in fortune that turn on a single detail.
Overall, this short story collection will be enjoyed by readers who enjoy literary travels to a variety of realms. Caulfield introduces us to beachcombers in Sweden, homeless New Yorkers, flamenco teachers, Midwestern waitresses, Indian mystics, and scheming, insanely proud Nordic queens. Caulfield's skill in creating so many different settings and intriguing characters makes this a great addition to any public or private library. From ForeWord Clarion Review
Comments by readers:
On the Annie Quitnot mystery series
Truly relished reading Murder in Pigeon Cove. So clever how you wove real place names into the books. Your vocabulary expression are so vivid and vibrant! The brooding, forlorn cover fits perfectly, a masterpiece of photography! Thank you for writing and publishing such an intriguing & engaging treasure! Betty Erkkila, author of Hammers on Stone.
This book was the best - innovative, alive & wonderful points of recognition. You do know your Cape Ann. Nan Webber, Director, Theatre in the Pines.
II was at the Toad Hall Bookstore and came across your Annie Quitnot books. I bought and read all three (in order, of course) and I want to say I enjoyed them very much. I always like a book that has local references. I was always a fan of the late Robert B. Parker and his Spenser books because of his local references. Now I am a fan of yours as well. Look forward to more! Larry Cultrera, author of Diners of Massachusetts.
On The Bookseller and Other Stories: I love your stories. I especially love the clarity of your writing. Reading your work is like looking into a limpid pool--you allow the reader to see your characters exactly as they are and, because there are no self-conscious distractions, I feel, when I read you, as if I am diving straight into the heart of the world you've created.
I love your understated humor, the edge of melancholy you evoke, the way a gorgeous image like the orange silk of the Charles will appear so suddenly and beautifully in an ordinary moment. Thank you for writing these marvelous stories, and I hope our paths will cross again in the future. Abigail DeWitt, author of Lili and Dogs and others.
On The Wave: A Novel in the Time of Global Warming:
Thank you for your thoughtfulness, and I very much appreciate the dedication. I certainly appreciate your support! My best wishes for much continued success.
Sincerely, Al Gore
About the books:
For information about the Annie Quitnot mystery series, visit murderonbearskinneck.com
THE BOOKSELLER AND OTHER STORIES: A brief taste: Somewhere in Flanders Fields,, beneath the multitudes of blood-red poppies and bleached, bone-white crosses, lies the body of a man who does not belong. He was a fine young man, with much to live for, and fate played unfair. people will say that no one deserved to die there, on that day, and that all the soldiers who rest in Flanders Fields for eternity were meant to live and marry and see their children grow. Some men did survive to rejoin their loved ones. How does fate choose her victims? Fate has an army of her own.
THE WAVE: Considering the epic consequences it would have, the short, dry cr-a-a-ack seemed a surprisingly brief and insignificant warning. The weight of the ice shelf that broke off was tremendous and the speed with which it sank so swift that, moments after the event, in the great black silence that followed, it appeared as though nothing had happened...It is the year 2050. President Albion is at the podium, addressing the governors in a fundraiser, when he gets called away on a "pressing matter"...
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