[INTERVIEW] Mario Acevedo

Meet Mario Acevedo, author of urban fantasy novels The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, X-Rated Bloodsuckers and The Undead Kama Sutra (HarperCollins: 14th March 2006, 27th February 2007 and 11th March 2008 respectively). Let’s learn…

The Nymphos of Rocky Flats
Felix Gomez went to Iraq a soldier. He came back a vampire.

Now he finds himself pulled into a web of intrigue when an old friend prompts him to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at the secret government facilities in Rocky Flats. He’ll find out the cause of all these horny women or die trying! But first he must contend with shadowy government agents, Eastern European vampire hunters, and women who just want his body…

X-Rated Bloodsuckers
Felix has survived Operation Iraqi Freedom, being turned into a vampire, and a ravenous horde of nymphomaniacs. Now he faces his toughest task everβ€”navigating the corrupt world of Los Angeles politics to solve the murder of a distinguished young surgeon turned porn star. But both human and vampire alike have reasons to want the secret to stay buried…

The Undead Kama Sutra
Felix Gomez returned from the war in Iraq a changed man – once a soldier, now forever a vampire. So the undead underworld put his skills to work as a private detective, specialising in the sordid, the sexy, and the supernatural.

After surviving aliens, nymphomaniacs, and x-rated bloodsuckers, it’s high time for a vacation. Now the aliens are back in a fiendish conspiracy with the U.S. government, and only Felix stands between them and the Earth women they covet. But when an army hit man attacks Felix and the bodacious vampire sexpert, Carmen, not even the astonishing erotic powers of the Kama Sutra for the Undead may be able to save them.

Tez Miller: How did your aunt react when four-year-old you told her you wanted a machine gun?
Mario Acevedo: She did not react well. In Spanish, “machine gun” sounds like “me chingan”, which means “they’ll fuck me over”. Not something you expect from a four year-old.

You have family in Chihuahua, Mexico. Do tiny dogs overrun the place?
The Aztecs raised Chihuahuas as filler for tacos. Not many survived.

Mmm, tacos… You have a Master’s in Information Systems. What are these systems?
The systems I worked on were the over-priced screwed-up ones.

You’re an artist. What’s your forte?
I’ve ruined plenty of brushes creating urban landscapes in oil. Curious about the results? Check out: http://www.adelantearts.com/UrbanLandscapes.html

You multi-talented people make me sick! Going around, hogging all the talent/skills/gifts and making the rest of us seem extraneous in comparison…you nasty man! Okay, so you’ll have to excuse the massive jealousy fit there; I’m having an incompetent life πŸ˜‰ Seriously, for anyone reading this who likes pretty pictures painted by pretty men, spend, spend, spend!*ahem* What separates nymphomaniacs from garden-variety sex-obsessed people?
The difference is the follow-through. Nymphomaniacs act on their obsessions, God bless them.

‘Rocky Flats’ sounds like an oxymoron. Is the place real, and will I be killed for questioning the town’s name?
At one time, the U.S. government would’ve hunted you down for talking about Rocky Flats. Yes, the place is real. It’s sorta flat and full of rocks that keep popping out of the ground.

Hmm, don’t think I’ll be moving there. Let’s talk war: did writing about Felix give you the opportunity to express social commentary? Do you have military experience?
I served in the army, which gave me plenty of opportunities to cultivate my smart-ass wit. I’m not expressing social commentary as much as I am ridiculing my fellow humans (except for those who look good in skirts).

I ridicule myself too πŸ˜‰ Women want Felix Gomez’s body. Do females ravish you at conventions/appearances?
Sadly, I don’t get ravished at appearances. If women approach me for something, it’s change for the parking metre.

Those no-good hoary-hoar gold-diggers! πŸ˜‰ Make up a title for a vampire porn flick.
D-cup Vampires versus the Amazon E-cup Nymphos.

Methinks the nymphos will win – vampires are too emo πŸ˜‰ Is Los Angeles politics corrupt in real life?
What big city is not known for corruption? Maybe your Australian politicians are clean as new underwear but ours are not.

Our former prime minister spent a lot of time on his knees at the infamous “ranch” in America. Our new PM, however, has not yet kissed American arse. Do you own a copy of the Kama Sutra (undead or otherwise), or is this none of our business?
My copies of the Kama Sutra were worn out doing research for my book. My favourite had scratch-and-sniff inserts.

Bugger; now we’re going to get weirdos finding this site by typing “Kama Sutra scratch-and-sniff” into Google… Tell us about aliens, both how you view them in real life and in fiction.
I view my fictional aliens the same way I do the real ones. They’re checking us out and figuring out how to run their scams on us humans.

Or living with CIA weapons expert Stan Smith in Langley Falls πŸ˜‰ You share a blog with fellow Colorado resident Jeanne C Stein. She’s blonde. Does ‘her kind’ have more fun?
Yes, Jeanne has way too much fun. I’ve seen her come back from vacations wearing big sunglasses and using an alias.

Aha! We’ll be keeping an eye on you, young lady… Three Felix Gomez novels are done. What comes next, for you and/or him?
Felix is on the hook for two more books of his biography. I’ve turned in the next installment, Jailbait Vampire.

Woohoo, title exclusive…unless you’re a hoary-hoar who’s telling everyone that title πŸ˜‰ Are you an outliner or seat-of-the-pants writer?
I’m an outliner. Too scatterbrained to be a pantser.

Ancient wisdom: to be a pantser, you must first wear pants πŸ˜‰ In which foreign countries/languages would you most like to be published?
Latin, Esperanto, and Klingon.

You just said something nerdy; you’re less attractive now πŸ˜‰ Now for a favourite hypothetical question: for which urban fantasy author(s) would you turn gay/straight?
Okay, you’re going to get me in huge trouble. I’m curious to see if women go ga-ga over Richelle Mead’s red hair the same way us guys do.

You’re doing panels with Mark Henry soon, so you better say his name or else you’ll make your meetings rather awkward because you’ve slighted him. And Richelle is one of many saucy redheaded urban fantasy authors. Thanks for dropping by, and have a lovely day! πŸ™‚
Go Aussies!

Relevant Links
http://www.marioacevedo.com/
http://www.biting-edge.blogspot.com/
http://www.myspace.com/felixgomezvampire/
http://www.adelantearts.com/index.html

You can purchase The Nymphos of Rocky Flats online from: Amazon, Amazon CA & Amazon UK.

You can purchase X-Rated Bloodsuckers online from: Amazon, Amazon CA & Amazon UK.

You can purchase The Undead Kama Sutra online from: Amazon, Amazon CA & Amazon UK.

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2 comments on “[INTERVIEW] Mario Acevedo

  1. “Lola, what you reading about now?”….”About a Hispanic soldier that came back from Iraq as a vampire and is now fighting aliens from outerspace that are stealing Earth women”….”Hmm? Does it have sex?”….”Ah ha”…”Loan it to me after you finish.”…..”Sorry Mom, it’s not in Spanish.” Thank you.
    Lola, El Paso, Texas

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