A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of paranormal and contemporary 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: Three dogs, too many fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits and a guinea pig. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture, and enjoys helping her students reach their dreams.
Louisa believes in all things that go bump-bump-bump in the night, and has been on many ghost-hunting trips. Visit her at upcoming signings at Show Me Your Books in Kansas City in September; Wild Wicked Weekend in San Antonio in February 2019, where she’ll be one of the hosts of the ghost tour; and Signing with the Spirits in Arkansas in March 2019.
Emberly L. Summers (ELS): When did you start writing, and what was the first story you wrote?
Louisa Bacio: I can’t remember. I’ve always written. The first story I remember writing was in 4th grade, and it was about alien invaders. Unfortunately, my mastery of language hadn’t happened, and instead of fearing their tentacles … ahem, I wrote testicles.
E.L.S: What was the moment when you decided you wanted to become a writer? Did you pursue other career paths?
Louisa Bacio: I’ve been fortunate to follow my dreams. In junior high, I worked on the yearbook and likewise in high school, college and grad school.
My husband teased me the other day that when we got married, I would “stress” over never being published. At that time, I had been in more than 150 magazines, but not fiction. My first short story came out in 2010.
E.L.S: What advice do you have for getting past writer’s block?
Louisa Bacio: Sometimes the best thing I can do is read. Go back to favorites, shock your system with something new. Is there music that inspires you? Also, going into a new environment can help me.
E.L.S: What inspires you as a writer, and do you draw inspiration from your real life?
Louisa Bacio: Inspiration comes from all different sources. As a trained journalist, I think I’m good at observing the world. Currently, I have an online student with a name I really like.
It’s a common one, but for some reason it’s inspiring a new story. I stress online because I’ve never met or seen this student. Really, only the name! Sometimes reading other GOOD stories acts as an inspiration.
E.L.S: What’s your process when writing a new series?
Louisa Bacio: Like any writing, I think it varies. I’m a pantser so I don’t plot. But usually, I have an idea of main characters, and maybe even map out a few books. The natural inclination is for three books, and then I work from there.
E.L.S: What type of authors inspires you, and do you have any favorites?
Louisa Bacio: One must buy for me is Heather Graham and her paranormal thrillers Krewe of Hunters. Believe it or not, I also like small-town romances like Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point and Virgin River series.
E.L.S: As a writer of paranormal romance, do you consider yourself to be a romantic?
Louisa Bacio: Very much so! Although, I have to admit my husband teases me about my view on love. I believe there are many different types of love out there, and if something happens … there’s another chance. Not the one and then never to love again.
He interprets it as I don’t believe in one true love. (sigh) But honestly, if something happened to me, or us, I cannot see him spending his remaining life alone. Am I digging a romance hole here?
E.L.S: What do you consider to be Gothic?
Louisa Bacio: Gothic encompasses a certain aesthetic. Yes, it can be associated with darker tendencies, but it’s beauty and depth and emotion.
E.L.S: Would you like any of your stories to be adapted into a play or movie? If so, which ones in particular?
Louisa Bacio: Can I name two? I’ve love to see The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf series turned into a TV show.
Oh, I can see it set in the heart of New Orleans, with all the complications. Venues such as Netflix can handle the threesome aspects.
Also, I have a “prepper romance” The Big One, which I think would be great as, maybe, a made-for-TV movie. Setting is simple, but the storyline between a shy marketing executive and a rock start is a lot of fun.
E.L.S: What other hobbies do you like to participate in aside from writing?
Louisa Bacio: Well, if you follow me on social media you know my family has a LOT of pets. That takes up a lot of time.
This summer, I’m doing more travel for my kids than me. At a certain point, I think there’s a shift. My youngest is 11, and a dancer. She has the opportunity to take classes with the Rockettes this summer. No way to pass that up!
E.L.S: Do you have any advice to writers starting out or write paranormal romance?
Louisa Bacio: You can’t go with the old age of writing what you know, can you? How about write what you love?
My husband makes fun of me, but I spend a lot of time watching ghost shows, and those “Discovering Bigfoot” or UFO uncovered shows. You know, the ones that go bump-in-the-night. All the common mythology fascinates me and makes me question if there’s some truth out there. – Louisa Bacio
E.L.S: Thank you, for taking the time to talk with me and answer my questions. If you’d like to learn more about Louisa Bacio and check out her amazing work, you can subscribe to her newsletter and click on all her social media above!