I started the book last night. Only got 50 pages in before my husband told me I needed sleep.
I love it so far, so don’t feel helpless. There are those who will not be happy ever. But the true fans will be happy that you have shared your wonderful story with us!
Congrats on your book birthday! I can’t wait to read … and maybe you should try offering popcorn or chocolate instead of Milkbones. You never know….
Congratulations, Ms Loupas! I am usually not the one for novels that have anything to do with Scotland and/or Mary Stuart. But I shall read your novel. I came across The Second Duchess by chance – it was given to me by a publishing house I work with. I fell in love with it. I recommended that they buy it. I hope they do. And I hope I get the chance to translate it. I couldn’t put it down, really. I am headed for the bookstore for The Flower Reader as soon as I get a check… and pay my bills, unfortunately. That might take some time but I will read it for sure. And if you write a sequel about Ferrara, count me a reader for life.
Thank you so much–I would be thrilled to see The Second Duchess in Bulgaria, and of course to have you be the translator! Someday I’d love to write a second book set in the Ferrara of Barbara and Alfonso… in the meantime, I’m working on a book set in Florence at about the same time, centering around Barbara’s sister Johanna/Giovanna, her husband Prince Francesco de’ Medici, and Prince Francesco’s beautiful and ambitious mistress Bianca Cappello.
I hope you get hold of The Flower Reader and that you enjoy it.
Florence? Really? You’ve got me hooked right here. I love novels about Rennaisance. I love reading them and I love translating them. Johanna of Austria… she was related to Marie de Medici, right? She was her mother?
You are an interesting author, Ms Loupas. Most authors these days prefer well-known historical figures that everyone writes about. You turn to those who have not been prominent in novels. How very daring of you. I admire your courage and I can’t wait to see more of you.
Maybe one day you’ll write something about the Valois? They seem to be a little neglected in favour of the Tudor and Borgia lines and still they are so fascinating. Anne of Brittany, Claude and Renee of France, Isabeau of Bavaria… they are all waiting for someone to bring them to life.
You’re right, Johanna was Marie’s mother. Poor Johanna–not a happy life for her, and when they examined her skeleton as part of the Medici tombs project they found she had awful scoliosis of the spine. She must have been in constant pain, and yet she gallantly bore child after child to Prince Francesco, while he flaunted his mistress in her face. As you can tell, I’m much more sympathetic to Johanna than I am to Francesco and Bianca!
I didn’t specifically start out to write about lesser-know historical figures. I was inspired by Robert Browning’s poem “My Last Duchess,” which led me to Alfonso II d’Este and Barbara of Austria. From Barbara, it’s an easy step to Johanna. With a little side trip to the Scotland of Mary Stuart.
I love your ideas. Renee of France was, of course, my Alfonso’s mother, and is mentioned briefly in The Second Duchess. I only wish I could write a hundred books at once!
Poor Johanna, indeed! I am sure her husband thought nothing of her very physical suffering. I am sympathetic to her, too. I have no sympathy for Francesco and Bianca. After all, Henri IV did have his share of infatuations but he is known to have treated Marie de Medici with respect in other areas, let alone the fact that he did write her affectionate letters. I am sure Francesco never did!
Am I to understand that this is your third book? I can’t wait to read it.
Yes, I remember Renee of France, Madonna Renata, is mentioned in The Second Duchess. My, she did have quite a life!
Pay no attention to my suggestions whatsoever. I am like a child in a sweetshop – I want everything and I want it now, if you’d be so kind. Wrire. Just write. And I’ll read.
Yes, the book about Prince Francesco, Johanna and Bianca (and some fictionalized characters as well) will be my third book. LOL–I’d better get busy and get it done!
Music to my ears! Good luck! I’ll check here to keep myself updated.