Louisa Bacio enjoys soaking up the sun in Southern California, and spending time with her family. In addition to writing and editing, Bacio teaches college courses in English, journalism, film studies and popular culture.
Bacio is the author of five full-length erotic novels, and a handful of steamy short stories. Discover how the paranormal ménage started with the hot The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome. Enjoy some steamy BDSM in a safe environment? Check out Sex University: Physical Education.
I am pleased to welcome Louisa Bacio, here with us today!
1. Why did you choose to write ménage? What intrigues you about this particular genre?
For me it’s about the fantasy. I’ve been married for going on 13 years, but still appreciate a good flirt. I tended to read the genre, and when my publisher, Ravenous Romance, asked if I had an idea for a paranormal ménage, that’s how The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf series came about.
2. Tell us about your latest ménage release: what’s it all about? Where did you find the inspiration?
My latest release is book 3 in the series, A Threesome Wedding Adventure. It’s a natural progression of their relationship. Part of the inspiration comes from all the media coverage of same-sex marriage. I started thinking: What if? And tried to figure out a way for it to happen.
3. Who is your favorite ménage character(s) and why?
Within my own characters, I’d have to say Trevor, the werewolf. There’s something tender and “uncouth” about him. He’s not limited to the confines in which he’s been raised, but still open to experiencing new things. As for others, most of the books I read aren’t necessarily within a series so that’s hard to say.
4. In your opinion, what makes a good ménage novel?
The interplay between characters is extremely important. A balance between the parties involved. I tend to like the sex scenes extremely steamy, and acrobatic.
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?
To be honest, I enjoy that fantasy about being catered to, and the desire to be overwhelmed by the sensual experience. As for inspiration, I think it goes back to finding that balance. I’m married to an engineer, who is very technologically smart. Wouldn’t it also be nice to have a nice creative partner, too?
6. What is your favorite gender combination in ménage? More men than women? No women all men? Why?
First response is more men than women. I’m a woman and my tendencies have been toward having physical relationships with men. That said, there’s also that fantasy that involves the softness and empathy of another woman in bed. Most of my stories have been M/M/F, but Sex University: All-Girls Academy contains a F/F/F scene – with a “daisy chain” – and I have ideas for F/F/M.
7. Do you prefer to use straight, gay or bisexual male character? Why? What influences your choice?
Within my writing and reading, I’ve open to either. One of my favorite authors is Stacey Espino. She writes some sexy cowboy ménage. All of her characters – that I’ve read – are straight, and some are even siblings. It’s all about the focus on the woman. In my series, the male characters Lawrence & Trevor are bisexual. It’s simply how that particular story involved. I’ve been told that there’s more to Nick and Silver’s story. At this time, I don’t see Nick entering into a physical relationship with a man, so that one would be M/F/M.
8. In your opinion, inside a ménage with more than one man, is the woman character condemned to a passive role? Or can she be portrayed as dominant? Is she just a toy, a doll in the men’s hands, or can she assert herself as a woman and an individual?
Like any relationship, it depends upon the individuals involved. With my Sex University series, there is a very dominant woman, Mistress Lucy. She’s currently in a F/F relationship, but there’s more to her story. When a man enters the dynamic, she’s not going to suddenly take the backseat. She’s going to keep that dominance. (Or, at least that’s what she tells me.)
9. In your opinion, can a true ménage work in real life? Why or why not?
Totally. I don’t believe that we can only have one love, and that’s it for our lifetime. We can love different people for different reasons, or at different points in time. I could easily see having two mates that meet some type of need within the relationship, and that could be another woman or another man. All that said, I think the hardest part to overcome would be jealousy. I’m not a jealous woman, and fortunately – since I have many male friends – my husband doesn’t get jealous. That said, there have been times when he’s worked very late, and I get jealous of his time away. Imagine another individual?
10. 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?
Ménage sex and a ménage relationship are two different creatures. A person can take part in a threesome or foursome, without committing to a longer-term relationship with all parties. In fact, that type of encounter is probably easier. I’m married … to one husband. Dealing with his idiosyncrasies is difficult enough. Juggling multiple others? I think it would be difficult. Then again, maybe it would take some of the pressure off me.
11. 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?
Like any review, it all depends upon the person doing the reading. In this paranormal erotic series, it’s a true ménage, where all the characters interact physically with each other. Some don’t care for that M/M aspect, and others expect it. I can definitely see both points of view.
12. Tell us about your future projects. Do you have a new ménage romance coming out soon?
I’ve started working on book 4 in the series, The Wolfe Pack, where Silver takes off on her own adventure, and there may be a ménage in the works. I’m also awaiting the publication of a threesome short story, which combines a biker bar and classic mythology. Totally smoking.
13. Where can the fans find you and find your books?
All major eRetailers
14. Please tell us where readers and fans can find you on the net.
15. Is there anything you wish to share with the readers?
I appreciate all the readers, and hope that you enjoy my stories. I’m also very open to feedback and suggestions. I do listen to what some may want to read. As evidence, The Vampire & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Christmas. I had people write and say that they wanted to see how Lawrence and Trevor’s relationship started. Since I knew, I decided to share that with readers.
Thank you so much Louisa for this fantastic interview! I cannot wait to read book 3 in the series, A Threesome Wedding Adventure. I cannot wait to see what happens.
Stay tune for a giveaway next week here on this blog!
~ Mary ~