Thursday, October 20, 2011

Today's Thursday Treat: Erotic Romance Author Louisa Baico

The first in the series: The Vampire, The Witch and The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome by Louisa Bacio.

It's Thursday's Treat at my blog! Glad you could come hang out. Today, I am thrilled to have Louisa Bacio, an up and coming writer of erotic romance who has been doing it (that's in front of the computer) for a few years now. A dedicated writer, mom and critique partner - I am thrilled she took the time to join us here today. So here goes. Louisa Bacio!

Q: Let's get to the facts right up front. What's your full author name, website, your latest release, the WIP that is keeping you up at night, your agent, your publisher, how long have you been writing…your successes? Yes, I want the mini bio right here, right now!

Louisa said: I’m Louisa, and my first book Sex University: Physical Education was published by Ravenous Romance in June 2010. This year, I’ve published two novels and a third – an erotic paranormal ménage – The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: Chains of Silver should be out within the next month. (It’s in my editor’s hands as I write …). It’s been a whirlwind first year, and I’ve learned a lot about the publishing process. I adore my publishing house, and also my ePub agent, Saritza Hernandez, who is with the L. Perkins Agency.

How long have I been writing? Let’s just say that my first poems were about Garfield the Cat, and I’ve evolved a LOT since then.

As for haunting, that would have to be The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf. While I just finished the second book in the series, I’ve got a contract for a third, and two more are vying for attention!

Q. What's the best kept secret about your writing process?

Louisa said: It’s not too much of a secret but I do a lot of writing late at night. As a working mother with two small children – homework’s killing me! – I’ve got to squeeze writing-time in somewhere. I, along with a few other busy writing-moms, have pitched a workshop for RWA #12 on that very topic. Hopefully, it’ll be a go!

Q. What character have you written or are writing that keeps you up at night - just one, please:)?

Louisa said: One? Oh, come on! OK, to be honest since I recently started a new short story, it would have to be Alison Baba. She’s a motorcycle-riding hottie, whose father recently passed away. He left her in charge of his gang, and she’s got a thang for two very different members – Dragan and Taj. It’s a modern threesome retelling of a common fairy tale. And – without giving anything else away, we’ll see if you can figure out which one …

Q. What television or pop culture fictional character has had the greatest influence on your writing style and why?

Louisa said: Oooh, pop culture. Have I mentioned that I teach pop culture classes? Yep. Early influences come from the summer lovin’ that happened between Danny and Sandy on Grease. I used to reenact scenes from the film with my Barbie dolls (you’ll notice a trend with Barbie dolls later).

More recently, it would have to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Such brooding love with both Angel and Spike. Last year, I submitted a YA Halloween-themed short story that was rejected. The feedback was that it was too much between funny and scary, but if you look at my influences (Buffy), that’s my preferred niche.

Q: What book/author is the current "hot read" on your bookshelf?

Louisa said: I’ve got so many, to be honest. But, if I want a good, quick and dirty read, I’m turning to Decadent Publishing’s 1 NightStand series.

Q. What's your favorite drink on a hot August evening - and who (fictional or not, friend or family, celebrity or historic figure) would be sitting at your side enjoying that drink with you?

Louisa said: Homemade limoncello. Every year, we make it from lemons in my father’s backyard. When it gets hot, it’s delightful with ice and sparkling water. And the good thing about making your own liquor is that there’s plenty to share. So, when are you coming out to California?

Q. Who's your favorite romance author and what would you ask them if you had the chance (or when you had the chance)?

Louisa said: This type of question always throws me because I have so many “favorite” writers. Let’s pick Charlaine Harris and her Sookie Stackhouse novels. I want to know who Charlaine thinks Sookie should stick with. My choice has always been Eric (even before the hunky portrayal on True Blood).

Q: Last question…what question have you been dying to answer but no one has ever asked? 
Louisa said: What’s with all the kidnappings in your books?
You know, if you want to do the psychology on it, I’d love it. I’ve come to the realization that it’s a theme that somehow fascinates me. Maybe it has to do with forcefully being kept from doing something that a person wants. And, I’m remembering that I used to have my Barbie dolls be “kidnapped.” Totally bizarre to make these connections and I swear, it’s never happened to me in real life …

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