Lolita Lopez

Her Bio:

While browsing bookstore shelves as a teenager, Lo discovered the erotic writings of Anaïs Nin and A.N. Roquelaure. Certain her mother would not approve, Lo smuggled the books home and squirreled them away in the most likely of places: under her bed. Late at night, she delved into the sensual worlds both writers created.

As a co-ed studying biochemistry and genetics at Texas A&M University, Lo dabbled in creating naughty tales to entertain her friends. Study for a midterm or pen a deliciously dirty story to delight her small band of fans? Not surprisingly, Lo is now on an extended sabbatical from college.

Luckily, Lo stumbled onto the world of erotic romance publishers. She realized there were other readers and writers who loved and craved breathtaking romance with the spiciest of love scenes. She took a chance and submitted her first novella. The rest is history.

Lo lives in Texas with her husband, daughter and big blubbering Great Dane with mommy issues.

1. Tell us about your latest ménage release: what’s it all about? Where did you find the inspiration?

Between Friends is the story of roommates turned lovers. Eddie and Mick have been best friends (and lovers) for years, and when they open their home to Whitney, the sparks fly. As far as the inspiration for the tale, I had an idea for a confident, spunky heroine who worked in the fashion industry but I just couldn’t figure out which hero she needed. Then it hit me! Why not both? A SWAT Sergeant and a trauma surgeon? Oh, hell yes!

2. Why did you choose to write ménage? What intrigues you about this particular genre?

I decided to start writing menage because it’s always been one of the sub-genres of erotic roance and erotica that I’ve loved the most. When Whitney, Eddie and Mick’s story came to me, I decided it was time to give a menage a try. I think I’m intrigued by menage because of the relationship dynamics. They’re so complex, and there’s a lot of room for jealousy and misunderstandings–and hot sex!

3. Who is your favorite ménage character(s) and why?

Hmmm. The family from Sister Wives! Ha! Just kidding. They’re probably the most mainstream real-life menage and more group. They’ve definitely created some interesting discussions on the topic of group love.

4. In your opinion, what makes a good ménage novel?

The romance. If the romance isn’t believable and real, I find it so hard to connect to the characters. I want to fall in love with the heroes and identify with the heroine (or beta hero if it’s all-male.)

5. What do you think of ménage romance in general? Do you think numbers are important in ménage stories? The more the better or maybe not?

In general, I’m in love with menage romance. By the huge numbers of readers devouring menage and more books, I’m clearly not alone. I’m in great company!

I think the number is probably best determined by the story. My writer brain has been going crazy with menage ideas lately. Some of them are simpler m/f/m or m/m/f pairings but a handful are long story arcs where the male or female main character is paired with four, five or more men. If the plot is strong enough to support larger numbers, why not?

6. What sparks your ménage imagination to the point of writing one? Is there a particular source of inspiration for your ménage stories?

For me, it’s the heroine. As I said earlier, when brainstorming Between Friends, I knew the heroine needed two men to balance her out. She needed a suave, cultured well-educated doctor and a rough, tough and totally kick-ass SWAT officer to make her happy. Lately, I seem to be flush with heroines (and heroes) who want more than one man.

7. What is your favorite gender combination in ménage? More men than women? No women all men? Why?

I used to read only M/F/M+ books but I got ahold of some Gabrielle Evans books a few weeks back and–holy hell–am I hooked on the all male menage and more!

8. Do you prefer to use straight, gay or bisexual male character? Why? What influences your choice?

I don’t have a preference. I’ve written straight, gay and bisexual characters throughout my backlist. This first menage of mine features bisexual men and they simply appeared in my head that way. The menage I’m working on currently features straight male leads because that’s way they popped into my head for this particularly story.

9. In your opinion, do ménage stories work better with straight, gay or bisexual characters? Please elaborate.

I don’t think sexual orientation has any bearing on how well a menage story works. It’s all about the plot and the character chemistry.

10. In your opinion, can a true ménage work in real life? Why or why not?

I’ve seen a few that worked very well. I’ve also known couples who gave it a try (bringing in a third after-the-fact) and it tanked their relationships. It’s definitely one of those things that either works beautifully or fails spectacularly. I guess not every one is geared for sharing. Deep down, I think a lot of us are simply toddlers who don’t want to share the toys in the sandbox. For most people, menages are probably something best enjoyed in fiction, film and fantasy.

11. Do you think there is a difference between ménage sex and ménage relationship? Are the two one and the same? Or can one be without the other?

Sure, there’s a difference. You can have a menage sex fling without having a relationship. You always hear about those couples who bring in a second man or woman to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. That’s just menage sex.

Menage relationships take a lot of work. (Or, at least, I assume they do.) These aren’t just booty calls where three or four or more folks hop into bed and get their rocks off. A relationship means commitment.

12. What do you think of reviews on ménage books? Do you find they capture the essence of your work? If yes, why? If no, why not? (feel free to include my review in your considerations)

I’ve really enjoyed your reviews on menage books. I found you on Twitter and followed links to your blog and read through a bunch of reviews at once. (And headed over to Amazon to indulge my 1-click Kindle obsession.)

Haven’t seen the review of my book yet so I can’t comment on the second part of the question.

13. Tell us about your future projects. Do you have a new ménage romance coming out soon?

I’m currently working on a couple of different menage romances. I don’t have any details about release dates but I always keep the Coming Soon page on my website updated with that kind of information.

14. Where can the fans find you and find your books?

You can find my backlist at http://www.lolitalopez.com/books/ and new releases at http://www.lolitalopez.com/new-releases/. All of my books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks, Fictionwise, etc.

15. Please tell us where readers and fans can find you on the net.

You can find me at www.lolitalopez.com and on Facebook. My Twitter handle is @lowriter. (Links on the website.)

Oh, and I also group blog with some fantastic erotic romance and erotica writers over at Silken Sheets and Seduction (silkensheetsandseduction.wordpress.com) every first and third Tuesday of the month.

16. Is there anything you wish to share with the readers?

Just a huge thank you for reading my books. It’s such a wonderful feeling to know my stories are being enjoyed by so many people. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And thanks to YOU Mrs Lolita Lopez for this great interview and for sharing your talent with us! I am also very honored that you are taking under consideration my reviews to buy some ménage. That is a HUGE compliment. Thank you!!!!

Mary

Note: I am currently reading Between Friends and this book will be reviewed in a couple of days. I can already say that I am enjoying my time! 😉

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