Louisa Bacio

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: July 27, 2010

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My debut novel PHYSICAL EDUCATION was recently released by Ravenous Romance. I've been writing for most of my life, and last year I sold a few short stories to Ravenous. Physical Education is a book that I've had in my mind for a long time and it's great to see it out in print.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Would not change any of the content of the book itself, but recently when I was cleaning up some files, I found a steamy scene featuring a blindfold that I started but didn't include in the final. It wasn't left out consciously, but maybe subconsciously I thought it should be used for another piece.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

When it comes to classic erotic writing, it has to be Anne Rice with her Sleeping Beauty series. She crossed BDSM and same-sex boundaries way before they became more commonplace.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I'm passionate about writing, and passionate about reading. If anything, I like to share emotions via writing, and I truly believe in the power of the written word to connect to others. During the actual process of writing, I tend to work late at night, and then revise/edit during the daytime.

Do you see writing as a career?

To continue on from the previous question, writing is a passion. I've worked full-time as a writer for magazines. It can be tough to write all day long for a "job," and then come home and create fiction. Doing something else by day helps me free my mind. In addition to writing, I also do marketing, editing and I teach college.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Writing has always been part of my life. At 7 years old, I was writing odes to Garfield. It's just the subject matter that's shifted over the years.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

The best advice I have is to keep honing your craft by taking classes and workshops, and reading the work of others. When I finished my first master's degree in journalism, one of my committee members asked how I learned to write in the manner that I did. For all intents and purposes: I *knew* how to write. Still, I took extension courses through UCLA and UCI. Now, I love the workshops offered online. In January 2011, I'm going to teach a course on "Writing the Erotic Romance" on SavvyAuthors.com - it's a great way to practice and learn about your craft. Plus, it's always good to get feedback from other readers and writers.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

My husband doesn't always understand me when I get into the "zone" of writing; he sometimes thinks I'm mad at him. But he loves my creative nature, and that I can edit his writing to make it sound better. My family and friends do support me by reading my books. That is, those that I'll let read my work. For some, it's a little too hot.

What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?

I'm trained as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines. I tended to work for magazines more because I like the longer production schedules and the amazing color layouts that could be done (I'm very visual).

I don't currently write full time. I'm a mom of two small children, and I also teach college. In addition to feature writing, I also continue to write non-fiction and edit. Recently, I became a contract editor with Keith Publications, a new online publisher. I'm editing a manuscript right now, and I'm excited to see how it does.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

Usually a story, for me, starts with a scene or characters. Sometimes, I get an amazing first line or a visual image. I don't outline the entire story, but I've got a general idea of the storyline and often write the synopsis before the book's completed (so that acts like an outline). I also write the scenes that come to me first, which means I may not write in sequential order . and have different chapters laying about (how I left out that scene mentioned above .). At the end, it all comes together.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)

I don't particularly have a writing charm, but I do have a good luck charm. It's a silver necklace of a nude woman. A friend in college gave it to me, and I wear it whenever I need some inspiration or luck. I always wear it on the first night of teaching a class, and will definitely have it on at RWA Nationals.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place

I'm a snacker while I write. Love cinnamon bears, jelly bellies. Avid Red Bull drinker. Usually read a few pages from what I previously wrote and continue on. Also, one of the best pieces of advice I ever read was to stop for the day before you're actually done! If you stop mid-scene, you know where to pick up the next day.

Ciao - Louisa Bacio