Posts Tagged With: Felix Gomez

Your Name on the NYT List: Secrets of Bestselling Authors

Who doesn’t want to write a bestseller? While no one can tell you exactly how to get onto the New York Times list, we can always ask the people who have already made it. Here are a few pearls of wisdom I’ve been given by bestselling authors I’ve interviewed over the years. Ignore them at your peril:

David Weber, NYT bestselling author of the Honor Harrington series:

First, write what you enjoy reading. You’ll do a much better job working on something that interests and excites you than you will trying to produce something simply because you think it might sell. If you enjoy reading it, so will someone else, which means there ought to be a market for it somewhere. Second, accept that if you’re going to try to do this professionally you either need to become a production writer — which means those 16-hour days — or you need to have a day job. Third, complete something before you start trying to submit your work. An editor is a lot more likely to buy a story or a novel, even if it needs a substantial amount of work, if that story or novel exists as a completed whole.


Kat Richardson, national bestselling author of the Greywalker series:

A writer I know, Blake Charleton, says his rule for writing interesting fiction is not “write what you know” but “write what you fear.” For me it’s often “write what hurt.” It’s all variations of the original adage, but the spin is what makes it compelling. People identify with adversity because most of us have had a dose or two of it, and when we as writers can take those things that hurt, terrify, or trouble us to a favorable conclusion in a story, we connect to readers and satisfy their desire for comfort and order. And it’s also fun to exorcise a few demons sometimes.

Jack Campbell, NYT bestselling author of the Lost Fleet series:

Read and write. Read lots of things, even in areas you don’t normally like, because that’s how you get ideas for stories and how to tell them in different ways, and that’s how you learn what kinds of stories others told.  Write down your own stories, too. Don’t just dream about them, write them down, and when they’re done (and you have to finish most of them so you learn how to finish stories) write some more.

And be prepared for rejection. Lots of rejection. Even veteran writers get shot down a lot. When you do get published whatever you wrote is fair game for anyone to comment on, and it’s pretty safe to say that some of those comments won’t be kind.

Mario Acevedo, NYT bestselling author of the Felix Gomez, Vampire P.I. series:

Be stubborn about writing.  Keep learning and honing your craft.  Hang on to your faith and dreams.  And don’t buy cheap vodka.

How about you? What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Share it here!

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Mario Acevedo’s biting sense of humor

Mario Acevedo is one of those rare authors who is so understated, so easygoing, that it’s almost tough to believe that he’s a bestselling author.  Tough, that is, until you pick up one of his vampire books and quickly realize that you can’t put it down.  I met Mario at a book signing recently and somehow talked him into revealing the truth behind his books, rooted in a strange combination of nuclear waste, Charlaine Harris . . . and nymphomaniacs.

SciFiBookshelf.com:  For someone who hasn’t been lucky enough to pick up a Felix Gomez book, how would you describe the series?

Mario Acevedo:  It’s about the adventures of Felix Gomez — Iraq War veteran, detective-vampire, an undead hero with plenty of defects.  His nemeses include rogue vampires, government assassins, alien gangsters, and werewolves.  Along the way he’s helped by tough women, forest sprites, and a ghost. 

SFB:  How do you come up with such zany titles?

MA:  The titles fell into my lap.  Fortunately I had my pants on.

SFB:  Where did you get the inspiration for the series?

MA:  My big secret.  I didn’t like vampire or supernatural stories growing up.  I read mostly straight mysteries or thrillers.  Then I read Charlaine Harris’ Dead Until Dark and I loved how she made the supernatural world her own.  At that time I was working at Rocky Flats and a coworker suggested I write about the place.  Seems that a story about a detective vampire, nymphomaniacs, assassins, and UFOs captured my impression of the nuclear weapons industry.

SFB:  How did you get your “big break” and publish your first book?

MA:  My big break?  Yes, I got published but it still feels like I’m in the middle of the swamp.  But I’m grateful that I’ve gotten this far.  Five novels and a comic book series.

How did I get published?  Mostly luck and timing.  (Backed by seventeen years of writing six manuscripts.) Basically I approached an agent and gave him my elevator pitch…in an elevator.  My Rocky Flats story was wacky enough to interest him and an editor.

SFB:  Do you have any advice for new writers today?

MA:  Nothing different than what others have said better and more eloquently.  Be stubborn about writing.  Keep learning and honing your craft.  Hang on to your faith and dreams.  And don’t buy cheap vodka.

SFB:  Can you tell us a little about the upcoming comic book?  And will there be more?

MA:  The comic book series Killing the Cobra: Chinatown Trollop and is from IDW Pubishing.  The story is a spin off of an incident hinted at in The Nymphos of Rocky Flats.  Between his time in Iraq and Rocky Flats, Felix took down the Chinese Han Cobras heroin merchants.  The comic book tells that adventure.  Lots of treachery, violence, and blood.  And one over-the-top villain.

SFB:  What’s coming up in the future for Felix?

MA:  Hopefully, a lot more adventures.  There are some plot lines I’d like to resolve.

Felix’s new adventure is Werewolf Smackdown, where he goes fang-to-fang against werewolves in Charleston, SC.  Think The Sopranos, only more violent and with lots more hair.

SFB:  Mario, thank you so much for your time!

MA:  Happy fanging!

Find bestselling author Mario Acevedo here:
http://www.marioacevedo.com
http://www.biting-edge.blogspot.com

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See bestselling author Mario Acevedo in the funny pages!

Mario Acevedo, the bestselling author of Jailbait Zombie and Werewolf Smackdown, is launching his first-ever comic book Killing the Cobra.  If you’re in the Denver area, why not come to the launch party?

Killing the Cobra Comic Book Launch Party
May 18, 2010
Goosetown Tavern
3242 E Colfax
Denver, CO

Author’s web site:
http://marioacevedo.com/

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Mario Acevedo’s Vampire P.I. Goes Four-Color

Mario Acevedo, the bestselling author of Jailbait Zombie and Werewolf Smackdown, leaps into the world of comic books this month with the release of Killing the Cobra.  If you haven’t checked out Acevedo’s wise-cracking vampire P.I. in any of his novels, catch up on the author’s web site:

http://marioacevedo.com/home.htm

And if you happen to be in the Denver area, you owe it to yourself to visit the launch party and chat with the ever-friendly author.  Here’s the scoop:

Killing the Cobra Comic Book Launch Party
May 18, 2010
Goosetown Tavern
3242 E Colfax
Denver, CO

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