Name Louisa Bacio
Where are you from – Southern California
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
My background is in journalism. I now teach college in writing and literature. At home, I have two daughters. My oldest just turned 13. Ah, the teen years! Luckily, I also have the support of my husband.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Don’t you love the holiday season? I tend to read a lot of heartwarming books this time of year. Plus, I tend to get more free time as a teacher. My latest is “Winter Solstice Ménage,” which is part of Decadent Publishing’s Black Hills Wolves series.
It’s my second book in the world. The first, “Claiming the She-Wolf” came out over the summer.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Honestly, I always remember writing and wanting to write. Fortunately, I’ve been able to do what I want.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In non-fiction, I’ve been published in more than 150 magazines. Being able to pick one off the shelf in a store made me feel legitimate. That said, when I was in my late 20s, my friend died at 30. At his funeral, someone said he was an “aspiring writer,” and that made me sad. He was a writer. It didn’t matter if he’d been published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book I completed was “Sex University: Physical Education,” which recently re-released. Lori Perkins, who was my editor at the time, believed in me, and gave me a contract to publish the book.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Within the industry, I have a lot of writer friends, and those I tend to hang out with – my “con-posse.” I tend to be shy, but put myself out there. As for a mentor, it’s Jo-Ann Mapson, who is a women’s fiction author. I took a class with her way back when, and we became friends.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished the thriller “The Crossing” by Michael Connelly, and I’m currently reading Vicki Lewis Thompson “A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe.”
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t change anything in “Winter Solstice Ménage,” but maybe a fight scene in “Claiming the She-Wolf.” It was my first “shared world” book where I was writing by established rules. I held back and edited out one scene. Maybe I would have kept it!
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Black Hills Wolves
Winter Solstice Ménage
by Louisa Bacio
Releasing November 20, 2015
Join the Black Hills Wolves as they celebrate a year of good fortune, love and rebuilding since Drew became Alpha with authors Melissa Limoges, TL Reeve, Louisa Bacio and series creators Rebecca Royce and Heather Long.
Sugar isn’t as sweet as her big brother, Yas, believes. After he leaves the big city to venture a small pack in the hills he’s heard about from their mom, she decides to let loose in all the best ways. Except when all hell breaks loose and she’s faced with some tough decisions, she runs … to her family.
After growing up in Los Lobos, twins Derek and Tyler Baker lived through all the hardships under the former Alpha leader. While one twin is happy playing the dating field, the other wants something more special. They both find what they’re looking for when newcomer Sugar comes for a visit.
Where Sugar goes, trouble follows. It’ll take more than one member of this pack to tame the new shifter she-wolf. But will the Winter Solstice Ménage be enough to convince her to settle down?
Winter Solstice Ménage
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Enjoy the following excerpt for Winter Solstice Ménage:
Towel in hand, Sugar snuck down the stairs as quietly as possible. As expected, the love-Wolves had excused themselves to bed early. The only people who turned in by nine either worked super early, were old, or planned some private extracurricular activities.
Once outside, she opened her senses and took in the solitude of being so far out in nature. Without the conflicting sensory information, everything from the stars shining above to the slight breeze took on another dimension. Growing up in the city, she never realized how much she’d been missing. She headed to the hangout spot, following the directions Tala had grudgingly given her earlier, along with the advice to “be careful.”
Despite being a little bit reserved at first, her new “sis” seemed pretty cool, especially when playing go-between with Yas. If left to him, she’d stay in twenty-four/seven.
As she drew closer, she heard a whoop, whoop, whoop of laughter and a huge splash. A rope swung, and, below, a few people swam. She wasn’t feeling quite that adventurous yet and made her way over to another watering hole. She dipped a toe in and sighed at the luxurious heat. A natural hot springs? Here?
Forget the fancy spas; she’d take this spot any day. Before stripping down, she got as close to the hot spring as possible, and made a mental plan of attack. For the briefest of moments, she’d be butt-ass cold, but as soon as she hit the warmth…. Ahhh. She tossed her jacket and clothes on a nearby chair, uncovering a white bathing suit with pink flowers, and sank into the waters. Leaning back against the side, she closed her eyes. The contrast between the blustery winter weather and the bliss of the heat shocked the system, in the best way. Getting away from it all was unnatural. After the onslaught of harassing text messages from her ex, she’d left her phone home. Who’d be contacting her anyway? Plus, cell service here sucked. The idea was to get away from it all and let Jerry get some breathing space. Hopefully, he’d find someone else to focus on and leave her alone. He hadn’t been such a loser when she first met him, but, then again, he hadn’t been honest either. She’d been duped into thinking he was a college student. Then she learned he only saw them as an easy pickup.
“Mind if I join you?” A man’s deep voice broke through her thoughts, and she opened her eyes. Have mercy.
He towered over the spa, and she looked up, up, up—past those tapered hips and sculpted stomach to broad shoulders and a mouth that promised all sorts of wicked goodness. The cold didn’t seem to bother him much, except for those hard nipples.
“Come on in. There’s plenty of room.”
Rather than taking up residence on the other side, where someone who followed social norms might have, he sat next to her. Real close. The water level rose as he got in.
“You must be new to these parts. Haven’t seen you around. I’m Derek.”
The tone of his voice moved over her body, eliciting a physical response. Her nipples perked up, and the weight of his gaze settled on her chest, which just about floated on the water. Feeling uncharacteristically self-conscious, she dipped below.
“Ah, perceptive. I’m Sugar,” she said. “I’m staying with my brother Yas and Tala at the B&B.”
“Is Sugar short for anything?” he asked.
“You mean like “Sugar-licious?” She licked her lips, overemphasizing the way she ran her tongue over the full bottom one. The way his eyes zeroed in on her mouth gave her a thrill.
Men were so obvious.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Lately, it’s more the editing stage. With two kids in the busy household, I don’t get a lot of alone time, and that’s what is required during the editing process.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
All of my books are through publishers, so mostly in-house artists do the covers. That said, the new Sex University covers were done by Scott Carpenter. I knew him beforehand, and was very excited to work with him on a creative basis. It’s fun when that happens.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Hone your craft, and make sure to have friends who understand what you’re going through. Family may not understand, but other writers will.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Hopefully, reading my books offers some of the happiness that I’ve gotten from reading over the years.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The sound of my daughters laughing brings me much joy. The youngest is 8, and still has that un-self-conscious laugh. It’s magical. Cry? Well, that all depends upon my mood.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
We have a ton of animals – they take up plenty of time.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The new Scream Queens, Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are our main shows. Oh, plus the new Supergirl.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Maybe a chef. I enjoy nourishing others.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
About the Author:
A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms – from short stories to full-length novels.
Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits and hermit crabs. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.