Starting from Scratch


A lot has happened, and you know what? I’m just going to draw a line under it and start, as my dear mother used to say, from scratch.


I’ve put The Taste of Cloves aside for the moment. I will always love the sixteenth century—the Renaissance, that turning point between the Age of Faith and the Age of Reason—but fiction set in the sixteenth century seems to be “out” at the moment. Particularly if it’s set in England. More particularly if it involves Anne Boleyn in any way. So my dear Mary Talbot and her beautiful white hunting hounds and her anguished triangle with Harry Percy and Anne B. will have to simmer on the back burner for a while. What goes around comes around, and her time will come another day. Simmering often makes things better, after all.


In the meantime, I’m pecking away (another of my mother’s phrases) at a fabulous new project that’s not really like anything I’ve written before. Well, in a way I suppose it is, because I’ll always write about love and courage and beauty and the ultimate significance of the human spirit. But this has a contemporary setting (well, mostly contemporary—even the modern day always has underpinnings of history) and a distinctly Gothic flavor. It doesn’t have a title yet. We’ll see. I don’t have a lot of time to write these days, but I always have to have something to be working on. Something new. Something started from scratch.



  • Anonymous

    Not knowing the circumstances, I’ll still give a thumbs up on the current plan. I prefer more contemporary settings and truly love gothic. Just started re-reading Daphne du Maurier short stories and novels. She suits my mood on these soggy winter days.

    • Elizabeth Loupas

      You’re so right, Margaret, about the gloomy and wet winter weather we’ve been having. Perhaps that’s what inspired me. I love Daphne De M. as well. 🙂

      • Madeline Solk

        I loved many of her short stories and books too! And she would be perfect yo read on a rainy day.

        In one of her books she tells how she chose the real mansion for the setting of Rebecca. Stranger than her fiction. So was her life snd those of her ancestors!

  • Margaret Fox

    Oops – forgot my identifying info

  • Anonymous

    I will be watching for anything by Elizabeth Loupas. Hope your new year goes well. Have a safe and happy year this year. Love to you-Karen

    • Elizabeth Loupas

      Aww, thank you, Karen. Wishing you all the very best in 2016 as well! 🙂

  • Madeline Solk

    Hate autocorrect!