Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Mario Acevedo

Hello everyone!  LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are proud to welcome Mario Acevedo to our sites today!  
When Mario was four years old, his aunt asked him what he wanted for Christmas. His answer: “I want a machine gun.” So even at that tender age, his expectations from life were a little different than most.

Years later, he bought his first computer and decided to write a novel. Four computers later, and with six unpublished manuscripts gathering dust under his bed, he finally wrote a story good enough to get the interest of an agent and a publisher.

He was born in El Paso, Texas, and spent most of his childhood in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with travels to visit family in Pacoima, California, and Chihuahua, Mexico. After graduating from New Mexico State University, he was commissioned into the Army to serve in the Infantry where he finally got to play with machine guns. Later he hoodwinked the Army into letting him fly attack helicopters.

He says that subsequent life as a civilian has been like living in a pinball machine. He worked as an engineer in corporate America and got downsized. Earned his masters’ in Information Systems from the University of Denver and found another corporate gig, which he saw sail across the Pacific when he was outsourced and laid off again.
He says what’s kept him grounded are his forays into art. The highpoints include being his artist-in-residence for Arte Americas in Fresno, California, and being called from the Reserves to serve in Operation Desert Storm (the easy war against Iraq) as a combat artist. He also teaches art to prisoners at the Avenal State Prison and organizes art fundraisers for various pet rescue groups.

During all of this, he was scribbling his stories, sending them out, and collecting rejection slips. What changed his luck was joining the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers which introduced him to real authors and the advice needed to get published. Now he’s busy writing his Felix the vampire detective novels.

As stated, Mario is the proud creator of the FELIX GOMEZ series, which currently consists of 5 books – “The Nymphos of Rocky Flats”, “X-Rated Bloodsuckers”, “The Undead Kama Sutra”, “Jailbait Zombie” and “Werewolf Smackdown”.

For our readers who are not yet familiar with Mario’s work, let’s give you the rundown of the Felix books…

 "The Nymphos of Rocky Flats
Mario Acevedo's first novel chronicles the adventures of Felix Gomez, a former Army sergeant turned private detective investigating an outbreak of nymphomania (yes, nymphomania!) at a former U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons facility in Colorado. When an old college buddy working as the Rocky Flats assistant manager for environmental restoration contacts Gomez with a lucrative -- and downright intriguing -- case revolving around bizarre occurrences of uncontrollable sexual behavior in female employees and a huge government cover-up, the undead detective quickly accepts. But what he thought would be a relatively clear-cut case turns into a massive conspiracy involving radioactive waste, Area 51, extraterrestrial biological entities, fanatical Transylvanian vampire hunters, Tantric mysticism, and, of course, plenty of oversexed women.
 X-Rated Bloodsuckers
When Felix Gomez returned from the War in Iraq with a disdain for daylight and a raging thirst for blood, he knew he couldn't settle for an ordinary 9-to-5 job. So after his discharge, the newly undead ex-infantryman chose the career that he felt best suited his vampiric tendencies: private detective.
Now he's been approached by sexy porn star Katz Meow, who wants Felix to investigate the murder of her once-equally agile friend and fellow toiler in the video sex-biz, Roxy Bronze. But his investigation into L.A.'s hardcore jungle is turning into a triple x-rated nightmare populated by hot babes, sleazy producers, sleazier politicians, sham evangelicals, and fanatical secret societies. And here on the seamy underside of Tinseltown, immortal doesn't necessarily mean unkillable.

 The Undead Kama Sutra

Latino vampire detective Felix Gomez slips back into action in this third installment of Mario Acevedo's paperback original series. iThe Undead Kama Sutra/i is a tightly fitting sequel to iThe Nymphos of Rocky Flats/i and iX-Rated Bloodsuckers/i. For this case, Gomez will need more than sharp fangs and inbred savvy. Only one thing can protect against a savage attack by an army hit man: The erotic powers of the undead Kama Sutra need to be unleashed!

Jailbait Zombie
There's undead and then there's . . . living dead!
Private Investigator Felix Gomez thought he had seen it all since becoming a vampire: horny aliens, maniacal nymphos. But now he's facing everyone's worst nightmare.
As far as being undead goes, vampires are indisputably the more civilized—intelligent, rational (on occasion), good conversationalists. Zombies, on the other hand, are just violent, walking, rotting, flesh-eating meat with no redeeming qualities. And now there's a ravenous army of them heading this way.
So it's vamps versus zombies, round one. And Felix's only hope of stopping the stinking, hungry horde is a pre-cocious and much-too-hot-for-her-britches teenager with clairvoyant powers. But she's not going to help unless Felix agrees to make her immortal.

Werewolf Smackdown
Felix Gomez, Latino vampire detective extraordinaire, tackles a dangerous werewolf cabal in the fifth installment in Mario Acevedo's satirical supernatural series

A sure-to-be-bloody civil war is brewing between rival werewolf factions, and P.I . Felix Gomez will do anything he can to make sure it doesn't explode into a vicious battle that engulfs all creatures, living and dead.
Between that, the sudden reappearance of an ex-girlfriend, and a gang of other vampires trying to take off his head, this is one rumble even a fanged detective extraordinaire may not be able to handle.

O.K, now that we’ve given you a sneak peek into Mario’s books, let’s get to the interview and find out a bit more about Mario and his work:

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Hi Mario!  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us a bit today.    
MARIO: Thanks much. Your intro was too kind. The last person who wrote so much about me was the court stenographer at my arraignment.

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the book and series… 
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
MARIO: I own bullets but no gun. I sleep with a dog, the family Shiba Inu. My muse has a restraining order against me.

Q2):  Did anyone or anything special inspire you to become an author?
MARIO: I’ve always liked to read and have admired authors. When I was younger I was certain I’d be a historical writer and have since decided to scribble fiction as it’s easier to lie.

Q3):  What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
MARIO: Painting, swing dancing, and dodging creditors.

Q4):  If you could have a superpower, what would you want it to be and why?
MARIO: Have hypno-toad power. Then you all would have no choice but to do my bidding.

Q5):  If you were to write an auto-biography, what do you think you’d call it?

MARIO: Premature Yet Always Late: An Exercise in Irony.

Q6):  Who are some of your favorite authors and a couple titles in your TBR pile right now?
MARIO: Favorite authors include Jeanne Stein, Robert Crais, Warren Hammond, and Michael Dorris though the list is very, very long. My TBR pile: Into Thin Air, Young Men and Fire, The Sentry, Mockingjay,

Q7):  For our readers not yet familiar with your work, can you tell us a little bit about Felix Gomez in your own words and why you felt you had to tell his story? 
MARIO: Felix Gomez is a Chicano vampire and an Iraq War veteran. He’s no fickle brooding bloodsucker. He likes the ladies and cocktails. Plus Felix kicks ass at RockBand. I started to tell his story purely on a lark--really--and here I am, chronicler to the immortal undead.

Q8):  How many books do you have planned for the FELIX GOMEZ series?

MARIO: As long as people keep asking for Felix, I’ll still pen his stories.

Q9):  What can we expect as the series progresses?
MARIO: More weirdness and gunplay. Felix has unfinished business. He has to rescue his vampire buddy Carmen from the aliens.

Q10):  What else is in the works for Mario Acevedo outside of FELIX GOMEZ?

MARIO: I’m working on a YA novel and have a couple of other stories, hard-boiled mysteries, that I have to finish.

Q11):  What’s a typical work day like for you?  Do you have a writing routine or things you absolutely cannot go through your day without?
MARIO: I wake up at 5:30AM, in a cold sweat and screaming. A pot of coffee and 10 mg of Valium later, I’ve calmed down enough to exercise. I do an hour of Brazilian kung-fu chow mien, with weights. Then the voices in my head take over and I bang on the keyboard until the dog bites my leg to go outside. Afterwards, back on the Internet to stalk socialize via Friendster and MySpace using Netscape on my Commodore PC. All my writing routines involve words. And caffeine.

Q12):  Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
MARIO: I have no quirks of any kind.

Q13):  In a day far in the future when you decide to retire and stop writing, what thoughts do you want to have when you look back on your career and achievements?
MARIO: Me retire from writing? Ha! You’ll have to pry the keyboard from my hands when you shove me into the grave. My final thought will probably be: Not yet! I still have credit on my bar tab.

Q14):  Is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked?  How would you answer that question?
MARIO: I would love to be asked: Can I give you a million dollars? My answer: Of course. If that’s what it takes to make you feel better.

Q15):  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
MARIO: Keep reading and buying books. This publishing biz is all about satisfying you the reader.

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Mario, thank you so much for being with us today!  We’re very happy to help you promote the FELIX GOMEZ series.  We hope that we have introduced some new readers to your work, and we’re excited to see what you have in store for us in the future.  
MARIO:  It was a pleasure. Thanks again. Where’s the closest bar?

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Mario is graciously offering up   a copy of Werewolf Smackdown and his graphic novel, Killing the Cobra to a winner from Book Monster Reviews and a winner from LITERAL ADDICTION (over on their site). 
To Enter: Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website ( and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!



Cathy Ward said...

Oh, Lordy, five more books added to my TBR list. They sound just quirky enough for me.
A little confused after reading the synopsis of the books: What you list as #2 sounds more like it should be #1 in the series. Should they be read in order?

aunttackyx18 AT verizon DOT net

Anonymous said...

Great interview. I would take a million dollars too if it makes you happy.

dawnmomoffour said...

Wow, more books for my TBR pile, hubby will love that heh heh
Wow, no quirks? I'll give you a few of mine it that's ok :-)
-Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

alainala said...

wow these books look really good! look like something both me AND the bf would read..
thanks for the awesome interview.. and the chance to win!

alainala@hotmail DOT ca

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview and although I've heard of Mario's books, I haven't had a chance to read any of them yet. I think I should remedy that very soon because they do sound awesome.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Imajicasnow said...

Hypno-toad power????
That is a new one for me!
thanks for the interview.

SdyLion said...

Excellent interview and interesting books to look into for future reads. Thank you for your time. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Heather said...

Wonderful interview! These books sound very interesting and something I know I will enjoy!


Tanya1224 said...

Wow..awesome interview...he sounds like a humorous author. Gena Showalter is like that and it finds its way into her books, even being paranormal and all. I'd love to try his books...I'd like to see paranormal from a male authors view ;) I've really only read female authors. Thanks so much for the contest. I am a follower as Tanyaw1224

Sharon said...

I have heard about these books, but haven't had the pleasure of reading them yet. The cover fairy was very good to him :). Would love to try one out!
sstogner1 at gmail dot com