Monday, October 15, 2012

Krystal Shannan Interviews - Louisa Bacio - A Date with Death

Please help me welcome Louisa Bacio to the blog today!

Tell us a little about yourself.

My background is pretty diverse, but mostly involves writing. I used to interview bands and review concerts for magazines and online. Then I “settled down” and became a mom. I teach college, freelance edit and write. I’m also involved with my local RWA chapter, Orange County.

Did you always want to be an author?

Always. I started writing poetry at 7 years old, joined yearbook in 7th grade, and never looked back.

What is your favorite part of being a writer/author?

That creative process. There’s a pure joy when the writing is flowing and going well. As an author, I love being able to share my worlds with readers. I’ve been a lifelong reader so to know that I’m touching others is remarkable.

Tell us a little about your novella.

A Date with Death shows the power of love, and how it can transcend death. It’s part of Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series, which all feature a magical one-night stand. But you know, if the night goes really well, who would want it to end?

Death sucks. It’s boring, and there’s no chance of getting laid. Stuck in the waiting room of Heaven, Maise fantasizes about all the pleasures of the flesh she didn’t get to experience. When Maise discovers a business card for the dating service, 1Night Stand, she wonders if there’s still a chance.

Reece normally wouldn’t consider being set up, but after his brother buys him a certificate, he feels obligated. A romantic night on the Southern California coast, with the full-of-life Maise leaves him wanting more.

Will a 1Night Stand be enough to overcome death?

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?

This particular story I wrote last October – a year ago – when I saw Decadent’s book trailer for their paranormal 1Night Stands. It definitely hooked me, and I wanted to be involved in their line.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Sometimes it’s the oddest places. I hear a part of a conversation, or catch a glimpse of someone, and the idea comes to me. Or, I love the Calls for Submissions that publishers put out. They can totally inspire me to come up with a new idea. I dream about them.

Do you plot and outline or do you just write?  Plotter or Pantser?

About 85% pantser, with a tiny dabbling of a plotter. I have an “about” idea of where the story is going, and what scenes need to be included.

Can you tell us a little about the process of getting your first book published?

I met with Lori Perkins, who was then editorial director for Ravenous Romance. She asked if I had a book in the works, and sold it on proposal. My first book, Sex University: Physical Education is a light BDSM, erotic thriller and published in June 2010.

What book have you most recently released?

Over the past month, I’ve released a few short stories. Most recently were Reanimated Love, a dark, zombie erotic, and A Date with Death, a light paranormal erotic romance. Such a contrast between the two tales.

What was your favorite part of the book?

Two scenes stand out in A Date with Death – the feeding of each other tapas, so sexy, and the scene in the bathtub. Who doesn’t like a soothing, relaxing soak with a naked hunk?

Rate your story in terms steaminess?

Smokin’ hawt! Seriously, people meet me and go, “And she writes that?” I’m the total quiet, shy, studious type with the dark side.

LOL! It's always the quiet ones :-)

Do you have another book in the works?

Within the next month, the fourth book in my The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf erotic paranormal series should be released. It’s subtitled The Wolfe Pack. I’m also working on a follow-up book to A Date with Death titled A Dance with Death.

What advice would you give new authors?  What have you learned about the business?

Writing these days can definitely be looked at as a business. So many authors are introverts. Writing is an isolated career path. I suggest joining writing groups, and finding critique partners you can relate with, but try not to let social media become too much of a distraction. It can be tough.

Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs – they are super sexy.
Pizza or hamburger? Pizza with pepperoni and olives – no cheese
Beer, Wine, or mixed drink? Wine or vodka

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?  Would you write or read there, or do something else?

Florence, Italy and if it’s a total fantasy, I wouldn’t have to worry about the long air flight. I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t be writing, or reading, I’d be soaking up the atmosphere, drinking lots of wine and hopefully spending plenty of time with my hubby between the sheets.

(Character Questions)

What were your first impressions of each other?

Maise: Reece carries such a physical presense: tall and broad shouldered. At the same time, though, there was this underlying sadness that made me want to comfort him.

Reece: Gorgeous breasts spilling out of this white and black polka-dotted number. I’m sorry, but they were right there. I couldn’t take my eyes off them.

What’s your favorite characteristic of each other?

Reece: You’re talking like personality, right? Ouch! *rubs shoulder* What was that for?

Maise: Stop giving her such a hard time. He tries to be tough, but underneath, he’s a real softie.

Reece: And my doll her possesses a gift of forgiveness. She gave me a wonderful present that I can’t divulge.

What are your plans for the near future? 

Reece: Think we’re going to head back to the resort, and see if I can convince Maise to squeeze back into that tutu nightie. If you’ll excuse us.

Maise: He’s incorrigible, but in a good way. *laughs*

Where to find Louisa @
Websites, Blogs, Twitter, FaceBook, etc.

Louisa will be giving away an electronic .pdf copy of 1Night Stand A Date with Death to one person who leaves a comment and a valid email address. Giveaway will be drawn randomly on Oct. 22.


  1. The interview and the blurb sold me, not to mention that totally GORGEOUS cover! I couldn't resist and already bought a copy for my Kindle from Amazon.

    Congrats on the release and wishes for much success, Louisa. I know I'll enjoy reading this!

  2. OMG, the book sounds awesome! Not to mention the cover. I can't wait to read the book. It's getting really cold here, so I'm in a big need for some hot books :D

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  4. This books sounds (and looks) amazing! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  5. Nice interview. Sounds like a good book.