Author Interview: Louisa Bacio

Hi All,

Hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. Today we have the wonderfully talented Louisa Bacio with us today. She'll be talking about her books in the Vampire The Witch and The Werewolf series.

I've read both books and they are awesome.

Blurb - The Vampire The Witch and the Werewolf

Haunted by paranormal abilities that she can’t control, and plagued by nightmares about a demon that seeks her soul, Lily Anima travels to New Orleans in search of salvation.

In the French Quarter, Lily dives into the paranormal world and enlists the help of an unlikely couple: a vampire, Lawrence Justice, and a werewolf, Trevor Pack.

As the trio encounters ghosts, voodoo and unspeakable evil, will Trevor and Lawrence be able to help Lily turn her powers into a gift rather than a curse? And when Lily discovers that she needs to lose her virginity in order to embrace her powers and get the demon off her back, will the twosome be able to survive as a threesome?

Blurb - Chains of Silver

Adopted at birth, Silver Ashe discovers her blood-brother Trevor Pack is a werewolf, with a vampire and witch for lovers. All her teachings about the evils of the paranormal Others come into question. She runs to a family friend, Nick, for help.

Nick Stake takes his hobby as a vampire hunter personally. He strives to rid the world of evil bloodsuckers. When his best friend’s “kid” sister comes to him for advice, Nick discovers Silver’s more than grown up. He battles his growing desire for Silver and blindly holds true to his convictions.

Once Silver reaches her sexual maturity, she’ll inherit her full genetic heritage and turn into a werewolf. When death comes calling, Silver and Nick must face their darkest fears in order to break free from the chains that bind

The Interview

Tell us a little about yourself?

Hmmm … what’s to tell? Some people who know me often comment that they can’t believe I write that “stuff.” I’m basically shy, but have put myself in situations where I can’t really be: interviewing rock bands, teaching college, being an erotic writer ;-) But, I’m also a mom, a wife and make dinner just about every night. It’s just when everyone goes to sleep that the writer gets to come out!

When did you pen your first book?

Ah, I’ve started many books over the years. I’ve been published in non-fiction and short story form, but I didn’t finish my first book until Sex University: Physical Education was contracted in 2010. After spending my entire career working on deadline, that extra push gave me the required incentive.

Whom and what inspired you to write?

I’ve been fortunate to find my passion for writing from an early age. I was writing poetry as early as I can remember, and pursued yearbook, newspaper and journalism throughout school. After college, I worked professionally for newspapers and magazines. I’ve always done it, and it’s wonderful to be able to write fiction now, too.

I love the idea of an ménage between two men and a woman especially with the men being bi. It's very different than the ménage I generally read. This wonderfully wicked concept was developed how?

Now I’m curious about the types of ménages that you read. Is it Stacey Espino who does the hot & heavy cowboy books that often are three brothers to one heroine, and all the focus is on woman? (BTW – I read her, too!). When I started the series, my agent basically “dared” me and said that she wanted to see how I got the vampire and werewolf together. Easiest way: They’re already an established couple! I’ve been told that the m/m/f is the most popular ménage books. That said, I also have an idea for a f/f/m in my Sex University series.

In both your books, one of the main characters grew up in the foster care system. Why?

Partially, the storyline deals with plot points in a novel, and partially it comes from my own life (I think). Would it be as easy for Lily to pick up and move from California to New Orleans if she had a strong, structured family? Probably not. When doing their character motivations, it goes back to what they want, and what are they seeking. Also, what’s been missing in their lives.

Subconsciously, while I have a wonderful, supportive extended family, my mother died a week after I turned 14. I understand that sense of loss, of wanting to know more about yourself. And, she also was adopted. Often, we judge ourselves by our family, and without that connection … it can be more difficult. So those issues probably haunt me, and surface through the writing.

Also in both books, your female characters started off very shy, almost reserved. But grew into their own throughout their perspective stories. Any reason for this?

Strong female characters draw me. My (step)mom always talked down on the female “victim” that’s often portrayed in movies. Both Lily and Silver start off being more “weak” because they seem to not have any power over their lives. But, once they come into their own … they gain that needed self-confidence and realize that they can control their destiny.

New Orleans seems to be the hotspot for paranormal characters to be written in. What is about this state that beckoned you to place your characters in?

Before I visited New Orleans for the first time in October 2010, I knew that I wanted to base this story there. Afterward, it simply felt right. It’s a magical place, and possesses such a diverse history. And, one can easily believe that the paranormal can live there … among the humans.

Can you give us a little background on your characters? What makes them them in other words?

We all are made up of our pasts. That’s an obvious answer, but I teach pop culture, and talk about enculturation – that process of creating one’s culture. To go back to your previous question – all the characters are affected by loss in their lives, even Nick in Chains of Silver. These books somewhat focus on that journey of finding themselves, and making them feel whole/complete.

I absolutely love Lawrence (Law). He's a very sexxy vamp. All refined and gorgeous. Whose your favorite character and why?

Lawrence has a rich backstory, and we’ll probably learn more about him as he’s willing. I mean, he was turned 150 years ago! That’s a lot of time not explored. I’ve got a free read about the ghosts that inhabit Pages that I’ll fine tune and release (someday!), and that’ll give much more insight into him. Really, in some ways I feel like I’m telling their tales as they’re told to me … might sound wacky but it works.

Right now my favorite character is Silver. Her and Nick’s story pursued me. Nick’s a fascinating character, and he has some hardships ahead of him (without giving away too much from Chains of Silver). Since Silver is so young – 18 – she’s got a lot of growing up to do.

Will we be reading more of these characters and this world you created? Because I gotta tell you, I'm hooked :)

Of course! Honestly because I’m hooked, too! Very soon my publisher Ravenous Romance will release a special holiday treat – the novella The Vampire & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Christmas. I’ve had a few people request to read Law and Trevor’s story, so I’m listening. I just saw the cover today: gorgeous!
Also, right now I’m working on book 3, The Voodoo King, which should release Spring 2012.

Thank you so much for having me here! I truly appreciate the insightful questions.

She's awesome right?!!!

A little about Louisa
Louisa Bacio enjoys soaking up the sun in Southern California, and spending time with her family.

Bacio’s work includes the Sex University series, with her debut novel Physical Education and the follow-up All-Girls Academy. Her story “Two’s Company” can be found in I Kissed a Girl: A Virgin Lesbian Anthology. Other short stories can be found in the Seducing the Myth anthology, and Rekindled: An Anthology of Reunited Lovers.

In addition to writing and editing, Bacio teaches college courses in English, journalism, film studies and popular culture.

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