My guest this week is author of the Felix Gomez adventures Mr Mario Acevedo! I love the Felix Gomez series and I am looking forward to the fourth book in the series Jailbait Zombie which comes out this week.
Get to know the author by reading the interview and checking out the blog he shares with author Jeanne Stein. Then make sure you read till the bottom of this post to enter the contest to win a cool prize!
Amber - Hello Mario and welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog! I have been following your series about the vampire Felix Gomez but I am sure there are some of my blog readers who haven't read them yet. So could you start things off by telling everyone a bit about Felix the series so far?
Mario - My vampire detective keeps getting in deeper trouble. He’s a veteran of the Iraq War and his vampirism is a unique form of Gulf War Syndrome. So far, Felix has fought off vampire hunters, alien gangsters, renegade vampires, and indigestion.
Amber - Book #4 in the series, Jailbait Zombie, is due out soon. The title of the book promises zombies but what kind of trouble does Felix get himself into this time?
Mario - Felix defies the Araneum (the world-wide network of vampires) when they order him to do something against his principles. (What? No spoilers.) He does the right thing and it makes things worse for him. This happens as Felix travels to rural Colorado to wipe out a plague of zombies and tangles with the fiendish and diabolical zombie reanimator, one of my favorite villains yet.
Amber - How did you come up with the idea for the series? Was it a long process?
Mario - Actually I only came up with the idea for the first story. My agent told me he could sell a series easier than he could a stand-alone. At the time he asked if I was working on the sequel. I said, Funny you should mention it because as we speak, I’m writing the manuscript.
Amber - Both you and Felix have been to war and know alot about army life. So is he based on you? or are you based on him? ;)
Mario - No, Felix is not based on me. He’s younger, taller, and still has all of his hair. Bastard.
Amber - With Felix being a vampire the series could go on forever. So what are the plans for Felix's future? Are there more books coming? Is there an end in sight?
Mario - I’m working on book 5. Felix goes to Charleston, South Carolina, to stop a war between rival werewolf clans. After that, we’ll see. Carmen (another vampire and former flame) was kidnapped by alien gangsters. She’s still stuck in space somewhere and I’d like to rescue her. And Felix hasn’t yet mentioned his most dreaded adversaries, his sister’s in-laws. Yikes!
Amber - Your books really go into details about equipment, guns etc that impress me as a reader. Did you have to do alot of research or is it all about stuff you know already?
Mario - I’ve always been a gun geek. When I was four years old, I really did ask for a machine gun. I remember the first girl I kissed (Debbie Black) and the first machine gun I fired (an M60 serial number #67783256). I’m such a romantic.
Amber - When did you start writing and why? How long did it take for you to get published?
Mario - I started writing a novel back in 1987 on a Tandy Model 80. It was so long ago the computer had a pilot light and the word processing program did spell check in Olde English. I gave myself the most dangerous dare possible: I can write a novel. After that, it was doom. I didn’t get The Call until November 2004 when HarperCollins offered a contract for three Felix Gomez novels.
Amber - Why Urban Paranormal Fantasy? Is it a genre you liked yourself?
Mario - There was no such thing as urban fantasy when I first got published. I just wrote about a vampire detective and nymphos. Who knew that would be a genre? I like the genre because most of the books are written by brainy women with keen literary insights and dirty minds.
Amber - What have been the ups and downs of your writing career so far? Any advice for people out there thinking about writing for a living?
Mario - The ups are many. I’ve met a lot of great people--fellow writers, fans, book promoters, store staff, my agent, my editor. Plus, it is awesome to see your books on the shelf. The downs? Putting the damn words on paper is as painful as pulling teeth with rusty pliers. It never gets easier. Advice for aspiring writers? Max Shulman said it best: Marry money.
Amber - What kind of books do you read when you have the chance? Any must have series or authors?
Mario - I like good books of any genre. I wish had more time to read them all. My favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Laura Lippman, Richelle Mead, Kat Richardson, and Jeanne Stein.
Amber - How do you relax? Any hobbies? Favourite TV Shows?
Mario - Relax? What’s that? I work until I drop from exhaustion. Is drinking considered a hobby?
Amber - A lot of authors have playlists to accompany their books. Do you have any musical influences when writing?
Mario - No, the voices in my head don’t need a soundtrack. It’s noisy enough.
Amber - What’s next? More Felix? Any other projects you can tell us about?
Mario - Yes, more Felix. One more book at least. I’ve been pitching ideas to my agent but as they say at the: carnival, close but no cigar.
Amber - You are stranded on a desert island. What 3 items would you hope to have with you?
Mario - A pirate boat (made from a converted luxury yacht with a crew of lusty first mates (or would that be second mate, third mate, etc.?)) Food (which includes olives and maraschino cherries for cocktails. Booze is considered food.). Massage oil.
Amber - Thank you so much for your time! I hope you will come back again sometime!
Mario - Thank you! Happy fanging.
Mario has kindly said he will give the winner of this weeks contest a brand spanking new copy of his newest release Jailbait Zombie! Oh and the book will come complete with the infamous Devil Duck!
So to enter this weeks contest tell us - Why paranormal? What makes you as a reader come back time after time to this genre and why did you get into it in the first place? No answer = no entry!
Earn another entry for each place you link this contest on the net. Make sure you add links here for me to confirm your entries!
The contest will stay open until Sunday March 1st 2009 4pm CET. Entrants should check back to see if they have won. I do not hunt down winners and will pick new winners for any prizes not claimed within 7 days.
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